Posted on: Thursday, September 28, 2006
'Ewa community fast taking shape
By Andrew Gomes
Advertiser Staff Writer
Haseko (Hawai'i) Inc. is nearing the halfway mark in its Ocean Pointe master-planned residential and resort community in 'Ewa Beach.
Haseko's plans call for 4,850 homes, a golf course, hotel, commercial center and marina on 1,100 acres.
Since the project broke ground in 1997 as 'Ewa Marina, about 2,000 homes have been completed, more than half the marina is excavated and golf course construction is under way.
Total buildout is expected to take 15 to 20 more years, with the final population estimated at about 13,000 residents.
Here's an update on the project:
Golf Course: Construction began this year on the 18-hole Ernie Els-designed Hoakalei Country Club. The clubhouse is being designed now; opening is slated for 2008.
Marina: A boat marina with 600 to 800 slips is about 60 percent excavated. Digging the marina is expected to be complete in 2008, but the facility isn't expected to be ready for use until roughly 2010.
Completed homes: Two neighborhoods (Ke Noho Kai and Ke 'Aina Kai) as well as one 304-unit townhome village (Spinnaker Place) have been completed.
Home construction: Work continues on a third neighborhood (Ke'alohi Kai) and a 216-unit townhome village (Fairway's Edge). Sales are expected to begin soon for the first homes fronting the future golf course — 32 three-bedroom, three-bathroom townhomes at Fairway's Edge for prices in the $600,000s.
Future homes: The next neighborhood (Area 4) will have about 900 homes surrounded by golf course. Sales are expected to start in late 2007 or early 2008. Two other golf and resort communities (Area 5 and Area 6) will receive the balance of Ocean Pointe's 4,850 homes.
One'ula Beach Park expansion: Haseko plans to donate 9.4 acres of beachfront land to the city for expanding One'ula Beach Park, and contribute $2.25 million toward park improvements.
District park: 18-acre district park site to be dedicated to the city next year.
Keone'ula Elementary School: To open in January with space for 725 children.
Seagull School preschool: Expected to open in December or early next year.
Kapolei Parkway extension: Connection from Papipi Road in 'Ewa Beach to Renton Road in 'Ewa Villages to open next month. Other phases will extend Kapolei Parkway to Ko Olina.
Commercial center: Restaurants, shops and possibly a festival marketplace are envisioned. Construction is not expected until after the marina excavation and golf course are complete in 2008.
Hotel: Haseko has permission to develop up to 950 visitor accommodation units. Planning for the hotel is ongoing and not expected to lead to construction until after the marina excavation and golf course are complete in 2008.
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