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Bannister’s statement on Aloha Tower Project

    By Geoffrey Bannister (HPU President). April 6, 2013 - 11:51 am


Today marks the beginning of an exciting new era for Hawai’i Pacific University.

As the news release forwarded below and being shared with media this morning explains, HPU has resolved important ownership issues concerning our Aloha Tower project and is moving forward with redevelopment plans that will be truly transformative, both for our university and for a critical part of the downtown Honolulu waterfront.

We envision community gathering, athletics and entertainment spaces drawing more residents and visitors to Aloha Tower than ever before.

We look forward to an attractive mix of dining and retail establishments, serving visitors as well as university students, staff and faculty.

And we eagerly anticipate being able to offer some of the best student housing at any university in America – attractive waterfront lofts for more than 300 young women and men.

Planning is already well underway, and promises to become more visible this spring.

The sale of special purpose revenue bonds in support of this project and numerous other university upgrades is scheduled to begin in May.

As the bonds move into the marketplace, we’ll be meeting with constituents, including HPU students and community partners, to get their critical input into the Aloha Tower effort. We hope to begin renovation work this summer.

As students of Hawai‘i Pacific University, no one stands to benefit from this project as much as you. The new academic and campus life opportunities that this location may make possible will enrich our student experience, and the new visibility it will make possible for the university will help to enhance our reputation.

I look forward to hearing your ideas about what you’d like to see as part of the Aloha Tower project and invite you to share them via the HPU website.

As our university implements its new strategic plan governing this and other major efforts and as we draw closer to our 50th anniversary in 2015, the Aloha Tower project represents a major milestone in our bold new vision: To become the great private university that Hawai’i, our students and our alumni deserve.

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