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Marcus Mariota pays nearly double the value for new Hawaii home

Marcus Mariota, the Hawaii-born Tennessee Titans quarterback, paid nearly double the assessed value of his new Hawaii home.
In May, the St. Louis School star purchased a more than 3,000-square-foot home near Kailua Beach in Windward Oahu with four bedrooms and four bathrooms for $2.45 million. The total assessed value for the property is $1.7 million. The purchase came out to $767 per square foot.
The home, which was built in 2017 and purchased by Mariota in May, was only on the market for 90 days. It has a total floor area of 4,194 square feet and sits on a 10,000-square-foot lot. Amenities of the home include a pool, maid and guest quarters and a workshop.
Mariota, one of the most popular athletes in Hawaii, was a star quarterback for the University of Oregon Ducks football team. Numerous local companies have latched onto his star power by having him become their spokesman, including First Hawaiian Bank and Island Insurance.




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First-of-its-kind housing project in Hawaii cut down by 2 stories

A housing project that is expected to be the first of its kind in Hawaii has been downsized by a couple of floors, according to recently released public documents for the development. Located in the Honolulu neighborhood of Kakaako, New York-based BronxPro Group’s Nohona Hale project includes 111 affordable rental micro-units in a now 14-story tower set upon a two-level podium that will encompass the lobby, living room, community spaces and management offices. The project, which will include units that measure about 300 square feet, was once supposed to be 16 stories. It will be aimed at low-income households earning 60 percent below the area median income and 10 percent of the project’s units will be set aside for families earning 30 percent AMI or less. Nohona Hale will be built on a 10,450-square-foot vacant lot on Cooke Street, and includes EAH Housing as part of the development team, according to the project’s final environmental assessment prepared by Wilson Okamoto Corp. The p…

Another bar and restaurant opening in Kakaako

Another bar and restaurant is opening in the growing Honolulu neighborhood of Kakaako. This new establishment will be headed by veteran Hawaii restaurateurs Pat Kashani and Keith Kawaharada. Public records show that both restaurateurs filed new businesses and trade names called “Tropics Ale House Kakaako,” with the address being 747 Queen St. that is at the corner of Queen and Cooke streets. Kashani is known for his Tropics Tap House and Tropics Ale House restaurants, while Kawaharada is the operator of Mr. Oji-san on Kapahulu Avenue near Waikiki. He also heads the former establishment at 747 Queen St., Hush Bar & Grill.
Tropics Ale House Kakaako joins a crowded field of bars and restaurants in the area, including Aloha Beer Co. and Waikiki Brewing on Queen Street, as well as Village Bottle Shop & Tasting Room, Moku, Doraku, Chai’s, as well as two new restaurants at Alexander & Baldwin’s The Collection and REAL a Gastropub that’s opening at Gerding Edlen’s Keauhou Lane.

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Netherlands fast-food restaurant chain expanding to Hawaii

A fast-food restaurant chain based in the Netherlands is expanding to Hawaii with a new location at the Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki. Wok to Walk, which features wok stir-fried Asian cuisine, filed a $300,000 building permit with Honolulu regulators on Thursday for a new restaurant at the Royal Hawaiian Center. Honolulu architect Takao Ugai of Focus Labo LLC is listed as the architect for the project. Founded in 2004, Wok to Walk, whose food is served in oyster pails, has locations all over the world, including in such cities as London, Berlin, Madrid, New York City and Lisbon. The Amsterdam-based restaurant joins other restaurants at the Royal Hawaiian Center such as The Cheesecake Factory, Doraku Sushi, Ezogiku and Noi Thai Cuisine.

Long-delayed North Shore Oahu wind farm gains traction

The California company planning to build a big wind energy farm on Oahu's North Shore filed building permits on Wednesday, signaling that the long-delayed project is finally moving forward.
Na Pua Makani Power Partners, headed by California's Champlin, filed a $3.1 million permit with Honolulu regulators to build four wind turbines and a meteorological evaluation tower. Hawaii Engineering Group is a consultant on the project.
Another permit filed Wednesday was for the development of a maintenance and operation building. The 25-megawatt wind farm, which is being built in Kahuku, joins two other wind projects on the North Shore.