Quick Facts 

Interested in learning more about the NASED project? Here are some quick facts to get you up to speed. The NASED team will continue to update the section as the project is further developed. For any immediate questions, please reach out to nasedp3@wtpartnership.co

  • The New Aloha Stadium Entertainment District (NASED) is envisioned to be a mixed-use development, offering a full complement of live, work, and play components, as well as community assets.
  • NASED will appeal to a wide variety of people, including both residents and visitors. Proposed amenities include entertainment venues, retail stores, restaurants, housing, hotels, recreational sites, cultural amenities, green space, etc.
  • NASED will be developed in phases over time, leading to the ultimate full build-out of the 98-acre Halawa site. The first phase (Phase I) of development will include the New Aloha Stadium and a mix of other uses that will connect the stadium with the HART station.
  • From opening day of the New Aloha Stadium, NASED will be a vibrant, mixed-use district that will build up over time as the development continues to grow through subsequent phases. It is envisioned that the full build-out will be accomplished in several phases over the course of 10-15 years after the New Aloha Stadium opens.
  • The first phase of development (Phase I) is expected to be delivered over a five-year time period, commencing in the Fall of 2020.
  • The goal is to have the New Aloha Stadium ready for the 2023 football season.
  • An EIS and master planning process is underway and is expected to be completed by the end of 2020. In addition, a solicitation and procurement process for a Public-Private Partnership (P3) has begun to identify a qualified pool of developer-led teams from which a preferred developer will be selected.
  • The EIS is known as a “Programmatic EIS,” which means that a mix of uses for the Halawa site is required, while stipulating that a range (maximum and minimum) of development area for each use must be satisfied. This is to ensure that the desire for a vibrant, mixed-use project is delivered.
  • Community outreach will continue throughout the EIS and master-planning processes. These comments will help inform and shape the draft EIS and the master planning.
  • A Public-Private Partnership (P3) solicitation process to select the ideal developer will blend public funds with the resources of a private developer to leverage a better, higher-value outcome for all interested parties; public and private alike.
  • The purpose of the stadium location is not to dictate to developers what is required, but rather to demonstrate how different locations for the new Aloha Stadium within the Halawa site can generate different patterns of development. Developers and their design teams will be encouraged to explore all options for the site’s development, possibly identifying even better outcomes for consideration.
  • One location option for the new stadium is the current one. Another option is west of the existing stadium, and the third option is to the south. The possible stadium locations and concept renderings are very preliminary and only serve to highlight some of the possibilities for the NASED site, so the public can provide comments and offer feedback. 
  • Below is a link to a flyby video that highlights concept renderings for the new Aloha Stadium and the NASED, providing a virtual view of some preliminary possibilities for the 98-acre parcel of land. Click on the link to view the video: http://nased.hawaii.gov/about/
  • The flyby video displays three (3) possible locations for the new Aloha Stadium that are under consideration. The video also shows possible amenities that could be included in the NASED.
  • Public input is being solicited and encouraged. Comments and suggestions can be provided by visiting the NASED website: http://nased.hawaii.gov/
  • All existing users of the stadium, including University of Hawaii at Manoa, Swap Meet and all others, will be accommodated during construction of the New Aloha Stadium and will be welcomed to the new venue when it opens.
  • The Stadium Authority values the Swap Meet and Marketplace and recognizes that it generates a significant portion of the stadium’s overall revenues. We want the Swap Meet to remain central to the future of the new venue and accommodations of vendors’ needs will be integrated into the new facility’s programming.

    • The current plan is to keep the Swap Meet and Marketplace in operation while the new Aloha Stadium is being constructed.
    • The Stadium Authority is maintaining ongoing communications with Swap Meet and Marketplace vendors as the NASED planning
    • A stadium representative attends quarterly vendor meetings to provide updates and answer

Information and updates will be posted on the NASED’s website, nased.hawaii.gov.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

As the project develops, our NASED team will continue to populate Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS).  If you have a question not addressed below, please go to Reach Out

  • What is an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)?
    • An EIS documents the environmental impacts of a project (or activity) on an area. It includes detailed information about plants and animals, historical background of the site, cultural information, and detailed maps, photographs and/or drawings of the site.

      A Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) is a variation of the standard EIS. It stipulates the range (maximum and minimum) of the development area and type of uses anticipated on the subject site. The PEIS ensures the scale and type of project permitted meets both minimum and maximum criteria for developable area, rather than specifying an amount or type of development. The goal is to maintain a mix of uses to promote vitality and diversity across the site. The PEIS will help open up the Halawa site’s potential to the maximum number of prospective developers with experience in delivering successful mixed- use projects.

  • Why is an EIS being prepared?
    • State law requires that an EIS be prepared for this project.
  • What is the proposed project?
    • In response to ongoing engineering assessments and expert analysis of the deteriorating condition of the existing Aloha Stadium and the considerable cost necessary to maintain the stadium’s structural integrity, the State of Hawaii is working to identify the means by which a new stadium can be constructed and the Halawa site transformed into a vibrant, thriving community entertainment district through new, mixed-use development that will offer a range of resident and visitor amenities, catalyze economic development and job creation, and celebrate the history and culture of Aloha Stadium and the communities that surround it.
  • What geographic area is included in the EIS?
    • The Aloha Stadium site, which comprises approximately 96 acres, includes land north of the H1/Salt Lake Boulevard intersection; west of H1; east of Kamehameha Highway; and south of H201.
  • Who is conducting the EIS?
    • Crawford Architects, which is based in Kansas City, Missouri, and has an office in downtown Honolulu, is responsible for the EIS and master planning for this project. Several subcontractors, which are all Hawaii-based companies, are working with Crawford. Wilson Okamoto Corporation (WOC), a Hawaii-based company, is working with Crawford to directly oversee the EIS process.
  • How was the company that is conducting the EIS selected?
    • Companies with master-planning credentials and experience in this type of work were invited to submit proposals for the project. A qualifications submittal and interview process ensued and Crawford was selected. A Notice to Proceed was issued November 7, 2018.
  • What qualifications does the company have for doing this type of work?
    • Crawford has developed many master plans for sports facilities within mixed-use developments. Most recently, Crawford worked with the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings on their headquarters and practice facilities and with four NCAA Division 1 universities on their stadiums and related facilities. These universities included: South Dakota State, Montana State, Penn State and Pennsylvania. Crawford also designed some of the nation’s most iconic stadiums, including Camden Yards (Baltimore, MD), Lambeau Field (Green Bay, WI) and CenturyLink Field (Seattle, WA).
      Crawford has considerable experience in public-private-partnership (P3) project delivery. P3 is the anticipated plan for the New Aloha Stadium Entertainment District (NASED) and the ability to engage with developers during the solicitation period and project delivery phases will require familiarity with this delivery methodology.
      Wilson Okamoto Corporation (WOC), a Hawaii-based company, is working with Crawford to directly oversee the EIS process. WOC has a planning department possessing wide-ranging experience and knowledge spanning local and national statutes, rules, regulations, and policies for land use and Environmental Impact Statements.
  • What government agencies are involved in the EIS process?
    • Hawaii’s environmental review process is facilitated by the State of Hawaii Department of Health’s Office of Environmental Quality Control.
  • How will the EIS be used?
    • It will ensure that the public is involved in the government decision-making regarding the disclosure of known activities that might affect our environment.
  • What does the EIS process involve?
    • At a minimum, the EIS process involves: identifying environmental concerns, obtaining various relevant data, conducting necessary studies, receiving public and agency input, evaluating alternatives, and proposing measures for avoiding, minimizing, rectifying or reducing adverse impacts.
  • Is a separate cultural survey being conducted to assess the potential impact to cultural and historic resources and iwi kupuna?
    • A specialist consultant on the EIS team is conducting a cultural survey of the site as part of the EIS preparation.
  • Is the EIS considering different project alternatives?
    • Yes. A master plan for the site is currently underway, where different options are being considered for the redevelopment of the site. Each option contains a new Aloha Stadium at a slightly different location within the site.
  • How much will the EIS and master plan cost?
    • The EIS and master plan will cost approximately $5 million.
  • Where are the funds for the EIS and master plan coming from?
    • The State appropriated $10 million two years ago.
  • How much will the redevelopment of the stadium site cost and how will it be funded?
    • Concurrent with the EIS, the project is going through detailed procurement planning, cost estimating and funding analysis. The State intends to cap funding for the new stadium to limit budget risk and engage private sector investment to develop a financially robust plan for the NASED. The State funds will be derived from reimbursable revenue bonds ($180 million), general obligation bonds ($150 million), and general funds ($20 million). Revenue bonds are secured by a specific revenue source, where the interest and principal are repaid from this source. General obligation bonds are issued by the State, where the interest and principal are repaid from the State’s general fund.
  • What is the schedule for completion of the EIS?
    • End of 2020.
  • Will Aloha Stadium operations and/or events be impacted while the EIS is being conducted?
    • No.
  • What can residents and businesses in the nearby area expect during the EIS process?
    • All activities within the nearby area will be unaffected.
  • Is the EIS taking into account the purported effects of climate change?
    • Yes. Changes in the state statute that regulates the preparation of an EIS takes into account sea level rise and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Will the uncertainty about the rail station construction at Aloha Stadium affect the EIS and the redevelopment alternatives
    • No.
  • Is the City and/or HART involved in the redevelopment planning as part of its transit-oriented development?
    • The master plan for transit-oriented development surrounding the HART station near the stadium will be taken into account during the development of the EIS for this project.
  • Is the EIS that was conducted for the Aloha Stadium rail station being taken into consideration as part of this EIS?
    • Yes.
  • Will the public have an opportunity to review and provide comments on the EIS process, the findings and any proposed actions?
    • Yes. There are mandatory requirements for engaging in public consultation during the preparation of the EIS and periods within the preparation process for public comments to be made, considered and responded to. The first step in the process was the publication of an EIS Preparation Notice (EISPN) and a 30-day comment period. Comments were reviewed and, in response, there has been consultation with appropriate agencies, citizen groups and concerned individuals. Following the preparation of the Draft EIS and its publication, there will be another period for comment and review prior to the Final EIS being accepted and approved.
  • How is the public being kept informed during the EIS process?
    • Public outreach and consultation are important components of the EIS and master plan processes. Therefore, a website (nased.hawaii.gov) has been created to keep the public informed about the project. In addition, ongoing meetings are being held with community groups and key stakeholders to keep them updated on the project’s status. Cultural experts and neighborhood boards are being consulted and asked to provide their feedback. Likewise, input is being solicited from key stakeholders representing business, entertainment, government, media, military, sports, television, tourism, etc. Through outreach and consultation with these groups, informed decisions are being made during the master planning process that address the community’s needs, as well as those of numerous stakeholders.
  • Are public meetings being held?
    • There will be several public meetings throughout the course of the EIS process as part of the requirement for public consultation. Details will be provided on the project website: nased.hawaii.gov
  • Will the draft and final EIS and other relevant documents be made available to the public?
    • Yes.
  • Once the EIS is completed, what are the next steps?
    • The State is undertaking a procurement process in parallel to the EIS. This is to enable input to the EIS process by a preferred developer, who will be identified as part of a competitive procurement process. That process will conclude coincident to the Final EIS submission, following the process outlined below:
      • Through a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and subsequent Request for Proposals (RFP) process, a preferred developer will be engaged to deliver a new stadium and associated ancillary developments in partnership with the State.
      • An RFQ is a solicitation process designed to identify a number of development partners from private industry that have the willingness, experience and wherewithal to deliver a stadium and the other elements of a mixed-use project.
      • An RFP is a detailed proposal that is requested from a shortlist of usually no more than three developers identified as a result of the RFQ process.
      • From the shortlist, the best proposal will be identified.
  • How will the NASED project affect the Swap Meet and Marketplace?
    • The Stadium Authority values the Swap Meet and Marketplace and recognizes that it generates a significant portion of the stadium’s overall revenues. We want the Swap Meet to remain central to the future of the new venue and accommodations of vendors’ needs will be integrated into the new facility’s programming.
      • The current plan is to keep the Swap Meet and Marketplace in operation while the new Aloha Stadium is being constructed.
      • The Stadium Authority is maintaining ongoing communications with Swap Meet and Marketplace vendors as the NASED planning progresses.
      • A stadium representative attends quarterly vendor meetings to provide updates and answer questions.
      • Information and updates are posted on the NASED’s website, nased.hawaii.gov.

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