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By Contributing Writers. June 24, 2014 - 7:37 am
This past Thursday June 18, Hawai‘i Pacific University began the much anticipated renovation of Aloha Tower Marketplace with a traditional Hawaiian blessing ceremony. Performed by Kahu Kordell Kekoa, such a blessing is intended to blend a spiritual connection between the elements of nature and man.
An exciting day that marked the beginning of what HPU hopes will be an integrated commercial center for student residents and community members alike, proved to be a huge success. “This revitalization project at Aloha Tower Marketplace is an investment in the future, both economically and for the people of Hawai‘i,” said Gov. Abercrombie. “I commend Hawai‘i Pacific University and its partners for moving forward with a vision for a vital and lively Downtown Honolulu, while increasing access to higher education in today’s global economy.”
Speakers included Hawai‘i Governor Neil Abercrombie and Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and well as HPU president, Dr. Geoffrey Bannister and HPU chairman of the board, Dr. Michael Chun. Also in attendance were several other government officials, business professionals, and campus leaders.
HPU’s investment of over $40 million dollars will offer the downtown Honolulu community and students a mixed use facility for both retail and commercial purposes, as well as housing for nearly 300 students. In addition to the changes to the actual Aloha Tower, improvements are planned to beautify the walkways around the downtown campus and Fort Street Mall.
“Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015, Hawai‘i Pacific University is invested in strengthening the Hawai‘i community, providing an exceptional educational experience for our students, and bringing new life and vitality to this much-beloved landmark,” said Dr. Geoffrey Bannister, president of Hawai‘i Pacific University.
Managing the development of this revitalization will be the local architecture firm Group 70 International and the construction company Swinerton Builders.
Stay up to date on all plans for the Aloha Tower here.
Photos courtesy of Hawai‘i Pacific University.