The Kapālama Kai Plan

The Kapālama Kai Plan (KKP) updates the long-term vision and use of KS’ 104 acres of commercial lands in the Kapālama ahupuaʻa with a focus on fostering a strong industrial business base, improved availability of kamaʻāina housing, and an integrated transit-oriented community.

The KKP looks to add 4,500 to 5,000 units of mixed-use housing to the state’s limited inventory. With over 50% of acres dedicated to industrial use, the area’s industrial footprint will be maintained—creating an economic resource and job center equipped to host new ventures.

Once realized, the Kapālama Kai community will serve as a piko for collaboration focused on creating opportunities for physical and programmatic connections that advance educational outcomes and create pathways for all learners.

Several plans are underway to transform the area into a truly mixed-use community.

These include three City projects:

Kalihi & Downtown
Neighborhood TOD

Kapālama Canal
Catalytic Project

Iwilei/Kapālama Infrastructure
Master Plan


Kapālama Kai?

As the original home of Kamehameha Schools, the Bishop Museum, Honolulu Community College, and many other schools and educational institutions, Kapālama has long served as a destination for learners. As such, Native Hawaiians and others come from across the state to access its resources and opportunities. The regional approach aims to optimize integration and collaboration among key stakeholders and resources in the region to best serve the next generation of leaders and innovators.


Build a strong ahupua‘a partnership benefiting Native Hawaiians and the community at large

Career Paths

Increase trades & technical career pathway opportunities

Culture and Heritage

Increase opportunities to Kamehameha Schools ʻāina


Elevate awareness and integration of ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi & culture