Hokua Tower

Client Kobayashi Group, The MacNaughton Group
Location Honolulu, HI
Status Completed in 2007

Hokua Tower's chevron shape takes full advantage of its prime waterfront location while maintaining a slender proportion on the skyline.

Located on a downtown waterfront parcel, Hokua Tower includes 248 luxury residences with lanai-style balconies, 753 parking spaces, a 75,000 sq. ft. pool deck, a 6,000 sq. ft. fitness center, and 30,000 sq. ft. of retail and restaurant space. The 40-story tower was the first high-rise condominium to be built in the Kaka'ako district of Honolulu in more than 10 years.

The tower's design draws inspiration from the island's vernacular and incorporates enduring materials to create luxurious "homes in the sky." Double corners and lanais reduce the tower's volume, while maximizing remarkable views for the end units facing Ewa and Diamond Head, in addition to incredible ocean and mauka views. The tower gracefully meets the sky with wing-like canopies that protect and accentuate the Alii level. Each condominium layout is extended outward by projecting the floor slab beyond the glazed wall, connecting the living space to the lanais, while creating a natural visor, minimizing solar heat gain and glare. The podium maximizes retail exposure along Ala Moana Boulevard and Queen Street. To impart a pedestrian scale, the facades are articulated with recessed openings, reveals, and projections, with a variety of access points for the residential and commercial elements.

The residential entry creates a sophisticated arrival that is grand in gesture, yet residential in scale and Hawaiian in appearance. An inviting canopy, laced underneath with ribbed wood, extends over the pedestrian walkway and drive aisle. Inside, the composition features honed travertine marble, limestone, onyx, lava rock, and rich woods to foster a warm and intimate residential environment.

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2007 Kukulu Hale New Project Award - National Association of Industrial & Office Properties, Hawaii Chapter


Design Architect Interior Designer


Andrea Brizzi