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Now a 50-something, Neal S. Blaisdell Arena is packed with plenty of good memories — concerts with headliners ranging from Elvis to Bruno Mars, graduations and an array other events. But the

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PUBLIC WORKSHOPS

Mahalo for those who were able to attend the first two workshops to share your memories and ideas on the future plan for the Blasidell Center. The first workshop was held on 2/10/2015, and the second on 7/13/2017. A third public workshop is tentatively scheduled for late fall of 2017.

For those who were not able to attend either workshop, presentation information and materials are available for download. Also, please feel free to send us any comments or question you may have regarding the proposed master plan.

Read about other community engagement efforts

Workshop 1 Summary

Workshop 2 Presentation

MEMORIES ARE MADE HERE

Community Engagement

The City and County of Honolulu owns and operates the 22.4-acre Neal S. Blaisdell Center in the heart of urban Honolulu. To create a roadmap for the site's future, the City conducted an economic feasibility study and a preliminary land use plan to create a vision for a renewed cultural and entertainment complex.


Planning efforts began in 2015 with extensive stakeholder and public involvement to assess the community’s goals. This ongoing community engagement has helped in the development of a conceptual master plan. Implementation of this plan will require significant investment by the City and its partners over the coming years, and the outcome will be a gathering place for the people of Hawaii on par with the great civic centers of the world.

7/23/14
Standford Carr Development, LLC
Bank of Hawai‘i
Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing
Alexander and Baldwin, Inc.
McKinley Foundation

7/24/14
The Outdoor Circle
First United Methodist Church
Hawai‘i Community Development Authority
Straub Clinic and Hospital
AIA Honolulu
Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra
Department of Education
Historic Hawai‘i Foundation
Neighborhood Board 11
Office of Planning
Kaka‘ako Improvement Association
Department of Transportation Services
Hawaiian Electric Company
McKinley High School
Hawai‘i Opera Theatre
Honolulu Museum of Art
Honolulu Museum of Art School
Honolulu Police Department

8/19/14
First United Methodist Church
Hawai‘i Community Development Authority
Straub Clinic and Hospital
Howard Hughes Corporation
Douglas Tradeshows
Ken Kanter
Historic Hawai‘i Foundation
Kaka‘ako Improvement Association
Hawaiian Electric Company
Hawai‘i Opera Theatre
Honolulu Museum of Art School
Medical Arts Building
ULI Rose Center

2/9/15
Maui Arts & Culture Center

2/10/15
Public Workshop #1

2/10/15
Honolulu Museum of Art
Diamond Head Theater
Hawai‘i Theatre
Pa‘i Arts & Culture Center
Hawai‘i Tourism Authority
Hawai‘i Opera Theatre
Honolulu Theatre for Youth
Kane‘ohe Ranch Company
Hawai‘i Community Foundation
Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing
Alexander and Baldwin, Inc.
Island Insurance Company, Ltd.
The Shidler Group
McKinley Foundation

2/11/15
Alan Hochfelsen, Inc. Honolulu Symphony
Hawai‘i Cultural Center
Forest City Hawai‘i
General Growth Properties
Douglas Tradeshows
Ken Kanter
EKF (Hula)
Republik
IATSE
Edith Kanaka‘ole Foundation
Straub Clinic and Hospital
Queens Medical Center
UH Stan Sheriff Center

2/12/15
Hawai‘i Convention Center
Aloha Stadium
HCDA
Stan Sheriff Center
Ballet Hawai‘i
Hawai‘i Opera Theatre
Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra
Hawai‘i Theatre for Youth
MacNaughton Group
Halau Mohala ‘Ilima
Mayor’s Office of Culture and Arts
Neighborhood Advisory
Waikiki Shell
First United Methodist Church
Straub Clinic and Hospital
First Chinese Church of Christ
Historic Hawai‘i Foundation
McKinley High School
Hawai‘i Opera Theatre
Hawaiian Electric Company
First Insurance Company of Hawai‘i
One Archer Lane
Douglas Tradeshows
Ken Kanter
Oliver McMillan

2/13/15
Polynesian Cultural Center

3/12/15
Stanford Carr Development, LLC
Kane‘ohe Ranch Company, LLC
Hawai‘i Community Foundation
First Hawaiian Bank
Island Insurance Company, Ltd.
The Shidler Group
McKinley Foundation
Hawai‘i Community Foundation

9/14/15
Honolulu Symphony Orchestra

9/18/15
Ballet Hawai‘i

9/28/15
Honolulu Museum of Art

10/2/15
HCDA
McKinley Foundation

10/9/15

Art Space

10/14/15
Bank of Hawai‘i

10/22/15
Stanford Carr Development

10/28/15
Mel Kaneshige, Formerly with Outrigger

10/29/15
Alexander and Baldwin
Island Insurance Company, Inc.

10/30/15
First Hawaiian Bank

11/2/15
Hawai‘i Community Foundation

12/8/15
Hawai‘i Health Systems

12/9/15
Hawai‘i Historic Foundation

12/10/15
Hawai‘i Community Foundation

1/11/16
Kaiser Permanente

1/22/16
First United Methodist Church
Honolulu Museum
Kamehameha Schools

1/25/16
Douglas Tradeshows
Ken Kanter

1/26/16
Hawaiian Electric Industries

2/1/16
Tom Moffat Productions

2/12/16
Hawaiian Electric Industries

4/7/16
Honolulu Museum of Art

4/12/16
Douglas Tradeshows
Ken Kanter
Hawai‘i Opera Theatre
Honolulu Museum of Art
Honolulu Symphony Orchestra

5/2/16
Hawai‘i Musicians Association

5/12/16
JN Automotive Group

8/5/16
Art Space

3/2/17

Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra
Hawai‘i Opera Theatre
Ballet Hawai‘i
Hawai‘i Youth Symphony Orchestra
Entertainment Enterprises Hawai‘i, Inc.
Aloha Group International
Diamond Head International Music Festival and Conference
Alan Hochfelsen
IATSE Mixed Local 665
Hawai‘i Pacific University
Eggshell Light Co., Inc.
Rhema Services
Tom Moffat Productions
IDES Production Management
Douglas Trade Shows
Ken Kanter
Special Events Hawai‘i, Inc.
Carol Kai Charities, Inc.
Collector’s Show
Royal Hawaiian Band

7/10/17

Council Member Kobayashi
Council Member Elefante
Council Member Anderson
Ballet Hawai‘i
Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra
Hawai‘i Youth Symphony Orchestra
Royal Hawaiian Band
Douglas Tradeshows
Ken Kanter
HCDA
Vicky Holt Takamine

7/11/17

Speaker of the House Scott Saiki and Vice Speaker Della Au Belatti
Council Member Menor
Council Member Martin
Blaisdell War Memorial Group
BAMP

7/12/17

DGM Group
Neighborhood Alliance
Hawai‘i Historic Foundation
Senator Galuteria

7/13/17

Council Member Ozawa
Council Member Manahan
Public Workshop #2

7/14/17

Children’s Discovery Center

7/20/17
Makiki Neighborhood Board

7/25/17
Ala Moana/Kaka‘ako Neighborhood Board
Paulette Kaleikini
Hina Wong-Kalu

8/7/17
Aaron Salā
Kaleo Trinidad
Snowbird Bento

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Feasibility Study & Conceptual Land Use Plan

In September 2016, the City conducted an economic feasibility study and a preliminary land use plan to create a vision for a renewed cultural and entertainment complex. The study will serve as a roadmap for the project's future.

Master Plan

Click below to view the latest plan

FAQs

How much will this redevelopment cost?
How will this be funded?
Why is there a need to redevelop the site as opposed to fixing/renovating any site issues?
Will Blaisdell Center be closed completely for redevelopment?
Does this redevelopment include Thomas Square?
Is Thomas Square being transferred to the Department of Enterprise Services?
Are there plans for commercialization of Blaisdell or including housing on site?
Why is the City spending money on this when the state can’t pay for the Rail?
What elements of the existing site stays, and what goes?
We are building more venues, how will Blaisdell accommodate more cars?
How will the City maintain the War Memorial?
What will happen to the fishponds?
What is the timeline for the next steps?
Blaisdell by the Numbers:

Project Timeline

  • 2015-2016: Feasibility Study
  • 2/10/2015: Public Meeting #1
  • 2014-2015: Outreach with Stakeholders
  • Fall of 2016: Feasibility Report Published
  • 2016-2017: Task Planning Team selected
  • 2017: Site/Building Assessment
  • 7/13/17: Public Meeting #2
  • CURRENT: Conceptual Design + EA
  • Fall of 2017: Public Meeting #3
  • 2018: Project Design

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