Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Koa Ridge?

Koa Ridge is located in Central O‘ahu - approximately 20 minutes from the two urban centers of Honolulu and Kapolei. The project is surrounded by the existing communities of Mililani, Pearl City, Waikele, and Waipahu. Koa Ridge is adjacent to the 200 acre Central O‘ahu Regional Park and is bordered by the H-2 Freeway and Kamehameha Highway. 

How many homes are planned at Koa Ridge?

Koa Ridge will add 3,500 new residential units.

When will homes be offered for sale?

Ground breaking is scheduled to commence in early 2015 with first homes anticipated to be complete in mid 2016.  Sale releases will likely occur within one year prior to the delivery of the first homes.  Also, in accordance with the city’s affordable-housing guidelines, approximately 1,500 homes will be priced in the affordable range for qualified residents. 

What will the pricing be for homes at Koa Ridge?

Castle & Cooke is currently in the early planning stages of the Koa Ridge community. At this time, there is no specific pricing information available. However, we are planning for a wide range of housing types in various price ranges just as we’ve historically done in our previous flagship community, Mililani Mauka. 

Will “Sustainable Building” practices be used at Koa Ridge?

Castle & Cooke is committed to responsible development as we make choices today that will affect many generations to come. Sustainability is key to the livelihood for our ‘keiki’. Castle & Cooke understands the importance of sustainable development and is committed to creating harmony and balance of the following community values:

Economic Prosperity
Social and Cultural Equity
Natural Ecology

In order to accomplish a balance of these values, Koa Ridge will use principles of smart growth to guide development decisions.

I’ve heard people say that Koa Ridge will contribute to sprawl. Is this true?

The project is considered as urban infill. The existing communities of Mililani, Pearl City, Waikele, Waipio and Waipahu surround the project.

What types of community amenities will there be at Koa Ridge?

The project will include a variety of amenities including parks, recreation centers, and meeting facilities in addition to schools, churches, and community retail.

Will there be schools at Koa Ridge and when will the schools be built?

The master plan for Koa Ridge includes provisions for one elementary school at Koa Ridge.

Will there be pedestrian and bicycle paths at Koa Ridge?

The Koa Ridge Community Visioning Team as well as Castle & Cooke’s architects and planners have concluded that the community needs to be both bicycle and pedestrian friendly. The community plan will include a variety of paths and trails in the urban street setting and along natural gulches.

Will Koa Ridge be served by public transit?

Castle & Cooke will be working with the City & County of Honolulu to integrate its current and proposed transit system into the community.

What other kinds of traffic improvements will be done to handle the increased traffic flow?

Castle & Cooke is mindful of the potential traffic impacts and will spend well in excess of $50 million for needed major improvements to Ka Uka Boulevard and the Waipi‘o interchange to handle traffic flow. In addition, a new interchange will be constructed at the Pineapple Road overpass.   

What kind of commercial centers will be included in Koa Ridge?

Koa Ridge is much more than housing. A major employment center will be created with a mixed-use Village Center that will include retail, restaurants, offices and a 150-room extended-stay hotel. The Koa Ridge Gateway includes a major commercial area that could include a big-box retailer, super market, drug store, retail shops and services, financial institutions, offices and restaurants.

When will the commercial centers be constructed?

Koa Ridge is in the early planning stages and several key factors that affect the timing of the commercial centers may be the types of businesses that the community attracts and the population at the time from which these businesses can draw their customers.

Is the development of Koa Ridge consistent with the City and County of Honolulu General Plan and Central Oahu Sustainable Communities Plan?

Yes, the General Plan designates the urban fringe areas in Central O‘ahu as one of O‘ahu’s principal residential development areas. As a result, Koa Ridge Makai is designated for development in the Central O‘ahu Sustainable Communities Plan.

Was the community involved in the planning of Koa Ridge?

Castle & Cooke knows that the success of Koa Ridge depends upon the prominent involvement in its planning by people who have already chosen Central and Leeward O‘ahu as their home. Since 2003, community leaders and residents representing 47 community organizations from Central and Leeward O‘ahu participated in a series of planning workshops to formulate the preferred land use plan.

Will Koa Ridge include a new medical center?

A 28-acre medical center complex will be developed by the Wahiawa Hospital Association and may include an acute-care hospital, medical office buildings, skilled nursing complex, ambulatory care centers and related support infrastructure.  The medical center will provide increased job opportunities and easy access to healthcare services for the community and surrounding region.

How many jobs will be created at Koa Ridge?

In addition to thousands of construction jobs, more than 2,300 jobs will be created by the Village Center, medical center and Gateway commercial developments.

Will Koa Ridge take away agricultural lands that are being used by farmers?

Diversified agricultural activities presently on the site will relocate to suitable Dole Food Co. agricultural lands just north of Wahiawa. These lands are currently fallow and have comparable soils, available water supply and excellent highway access. The 335 acres has been leased to Aloun Farms represent a land area twice as large as their current cultivated acreage.

What is the current status of the Koa Ridge approval process?

In October, the Hawaii State Land Use Commission has approved the reclassification of Koa Ridge. Our next step is to process a Zone Change Application with the City and County of Honolulu.

At Castle & Cooke, our mission is Investing in Hawai‘i. Creating Communities. Delivering Dreams. We did this with Mililani. Now, our legacy continues. We’re investing in a new community, one that will deliver the dream of homeownership to thousands of Hawai`i families.