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.
  • The NASED development will occur overall several years and it will encapsulate the full build-out of the 98-acre Halawa site. Development will include the New Aloha Stadium and a mix of other uses that will connect the stadium with the HART station.
  • NASED will be a vibrant, mixed-use district that will build up over time as the development continues to grow. It is envisioned that the full build-out will be accomplished over the course of 10-20 years after the New Aloha Stadium opens.
  • The Stadium and initial development is expected to be delivered over a five-year time period, commencing in early 2022.
  • An EIS and master planning process is underway and is expected to be completed by Q2 2021. The draft EIS was published in December 2020.
  • In addition, a solicitation and procurement process for a Public-Private Partnership (P3) is well underway.
  • Three priority-listed respondents have been selected to respond to the next stage of the procurement process, 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/
  • Existing users of the stadium, including 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 are the next steps in the DEIS process and the anticipated timeline?

  • There is a 45-day period for collecting comments from the public and other
    interested parties who would like to participate in the review and consideration of the DEIS. All questions and comments made during this period will be addressed.
    After the comment period, any adjustments to the DEIS will be wrapped into the formulation of the final EIS (FEIS).

 

Which government agencies need to approve the DEIS?

  • The approving agency is the Office of the Governor.

 

Did the COVID-19 pandemic have an impact on the DEIS process? If so, how?

  • The pandemic did initially limit our ability to communicate with various stakeholders and advisors. However, like everyone, the team quickly adapted and completed all required communications and consultation to inform the DEIS.

 

What is a ‘programmatic’ EIS and what does this mean for future development and environmental studies for the site?

  • A “programmatic” EIS is a variation of a standard EIS, whereby, the
    programmatic EIS seeks to evaluate the effects of proposed actions that typically
    include a series of projects (or a ‘program’) to be carried out for a common
    purpose – e.g., NASED. When additional project-level details are determined or
    changed, additional project-level environmental review documentation, which may take the form of a Supplemental EIS or Environmental Assessments, may be required if it is determined that significant changes have been made to the project-level designs such that the contemplated project-level actions are no longer substantially similar to those evaluated in this programmatic EIS. Such project-level environmental review documents, if required, will analyze a narrower project-level proposal as related to the broad (programmatic) proposal identified within this EIS.

 

What studies informed the DEIS?

  • A comprehensive set of studies has been undertaken which inform the DEIS,
    covering matters such as: archaeological, cultural, flora and fauna, geotechnical,
    noise, engineering, hazardous materials, traffic, and economic considerations.

If the appropriate government agencies or public comments identify areas that are lacking in the DEIS, will additional studies be needed?

  • Given the breadth and depth of studies undertaken, and the programmatic nature
    of the DEIS, additional studies are unlikely to be required. However, if the public
    comment period does identify a requirement for more information to finalize the EIS, then this will be acted upon immediately.

 

Did the results of the DEIS identify any major environmental concerns, such as
hazardous contaminants that pose an immediate threat to the health and safety of the people who currently use/visit Aloha Stadium or to nearby residents and
businesses?

  • No.

 

Did the results of the DEIS identify any major concerns that could impact the
project vision, scale, budget, financial feasibility or timeline?

  • The DEIS does not identify any significant issues or concerns that would prevent
    the project from being delivered as envisioned. The DEIS is a document of
    ‘discovery’ and disclosure that primarily identifies environmental matters
    impacting the project site and develops strategies and mitigations for remedying
    those matters. It is not a financial feasibility or project budgeting study. While this discovery process did identify several issues or concerns for the project site, these are all expected to be addressable and managed through good project planning, administration and governance.

 

When the EIS was conducted, were nearby projects such as the Honolulu rail
factored into the overall assessment?

  • The DEIS does, within its scope, consider neighboring developments such as the
    Honolulu Rail Transit Project and the Halawa station, which upon delivery will
    positively influence the NASED project.

 

In addition to the NASED project, there are two other major projects in the
planning stages in that area, including the proposed new jail in Halawa and the
potential redevelopment of Navy-owned land. Are issues such as traffic, noise, the
environment, congestion, infrastructure, utilities, etc. being taken into account?

  • All known and discoverable environmental influences affecting the NASED
    project are factored into the production of the DEIS.

 

Were cultural descendants for the Halawa ahupua‘a consulted for the cultural impact assessment, as well as to help identify historical/archaeological resources and burial sites?

  • Yes. Summaries of interviews with lineal and cultural descendants with ties to the
    project area are included in the DEIS, and information on other past oral
    testimonies are also provided. Data was extrapolated from these sources that
    provide an unprecedented comprehensive look at the previous cultural resources
    on this ʻāina.

 

Did the DEIS identify any historical or culturally significant resources that were
not previously identified, and how will that impact the project going forward?

  • The DEIS took into account all known and discoverable material. A separate and
    specific archaeological inventory survey (AIS) is currently underway for the entire
    site, although an AIS is not a requirement of an EIS.

 

Does the DEIS address the potential impact to nearby military operations,
including any national security concerns with having such a large-scale project
with sightlines into the nearby base and military assets?

  • The NASED project team is in consultation with the Navy regarding such concerns
    and the effect the NASED may have on operations, including security of Joint Base
    Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH). These discussions are ongoing. The Navy has
    expressed that it is imperative that NASED does not compromise national security
    or the physical security of the adjacent JBPHH. Consequently, the developers for
    NASED will be required to consult with the Navy, as appropriate, to develop a
    design and implementation of NASED that will not adversely impair the physical
    security of the JBPHH installation.

 

Did the DEIS evaluate different project configurations, sizes and uses to
determine what impact alternative project scenarios might have?

  • Yes, three options were initially studied, leading to the identification of one
    location to study in greater detail. From that one option, a master plan was
    generated that illustrated one possible configuration for the entire development of
    the Halawa site. This stadium location was selected, because it appears to have
    the greatest overall potential impacts to the site and future operations.

 

Are there additional federal or state review processes that are required?

  • Not for this EIS.

 

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. The project will include 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 98 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?

  • The Department of Accounting and General Services (DAGS) is administering
    the EIS and has contracted Crawford Architects, which is based in Kansas City,
    Missouri, and has an office in downtown Honolulu, to prepare 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?

  • DAGS invited companies with master-planning credentials and experience in this
    type of work to submit qualifications for the project. A qualifications evaluation
    and interview process ensued and Crawford was selected. A Notice to Proceed
    was issued on 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, Maryland), Lambeau Field (Green Bay, Wisconsin) and
    CenturyLink Field (Seattle, Washington).
    Crawford and its sub-consultant WT Partnership have 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. The approving
    agency is the Office of the Governor. Other county, state, and federal agencies
    are engaged as part of the EIS discovery process.

 

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 and analysis,
    receiving public and agency input, evaluating alternatives, and proposing
    measures for avoiding, minimizing, rectifying or reducing potential adverse
    impacts.

 

Is the EIS considering different project alternatives?

  • Yes. A master plan for the site is part of the DEIS. 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. One of those locations has
    been chosen in order to undertake a more in-depth analysis of the environmental
    issues for the entire 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 Act 49, Session Laws of Hawaii 2017, Item H-18, appropriated funds
    for this purpose.

 

How much will the redevelopment of the stadium site cost and how will it be
funded?

  • Concurrent with the EIS, the project is undertaking procurement planning, cost
    estimating and funding analyses. The state intends to cap funding for the new
    stadium and site development to limit budget risk and engage private sector
    investment to develop a financially robust plan for the NASED.

 

Will Aloha Stadium operations and/or events be impacted while the EIS is being
conducted?

  • In the course of undertaking the EIS, Aloha Stadium has announced that stadium
    operations will be undergoing changes for the foreseeable future.

 

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 take
    into account sea level rise and greenhouse gas emissions. These have been
    considered in the DEIS for NASED.

 

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 has been taken into account during the development of the
    DEIS for NASED.

 

Has the EIS that was conducted for the Aloha Stadium rail station been 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 that NASED voluntarily extended to 45 days. Comments were
    reviewed and, in response, there has been consultation with appropriate
    agencies, citizen groups and concerned individuals. Following the publication of
    this DEIS, there is another comment and review period that is being voluntarily
    extended to 45 days 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 https://nased.hawaii.gov/ was 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.

 

Have public meetings been held?

  • There have been several public meetings throughout the course of the EIS process
    as part of the requirement for public consultation. Details are available on the project
    website: https://nased.hawaii.gov/

 

Once the EIS is completed, what are the next steps?

  • The state is undertaking procurement processes in parallel to the EIS. This is to
    select developer(s) to design and construct the NASED, including the new Aloha
    Stadium.
  • As part of these processes, prospective developers will be requested to submit
    proposed designs for the new stadium and district.
  • The most suitable developer(s) will be selected, and they will be required to
    further progress and then deliver their proposed designs.

 

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 vendor meetings to provide updates
      and answer questions.

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