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    SMPS Hawaii holds an event each month alternating between Lunch programs and casual Lunch+Learns. Our Lunch Programs are held at the Plaza Club and educational Lunch+Learns (bring your own lunch) are held at AIA Honolulu. We offer AIA Continuing Education credits for many of our events. 

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    SMPS Hawaii: October 25, 2017 Lunch Program

    October 25, 2017
    11:30 AM HST to 1:30 PM HST
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    Plaza Club (20th floor)
    900 Fort Street Mall
    Honolulu, HI 96813


    $35.00 SMPS Member

    $55.00 Non-SMPS Member


    Iwilei – Kapalama Transit Oriented Development Corridor
    Limited Seats Available!

    As rail construction moves into the Iwilei-Kapalama corridor, SMPS has assembled a panel of developers, architects and planners involved with the area to speak about the TOD plan specifics. Many know that the vision strives to create a vibrant and dense urban area with a variety of housing, jobs, shops, services, and public spaces – but how will this be accomplished and what obstacles need to be overcome to ensure the successful development of this vital corridor?

    Our panel will include: Renee Expiau, Branch Chief, City & County of Honolulu Department of Planning & Permitting, Giorgio Caldarone, Sr. Director, Planning & Development – Commercial Real Estate Division at Kamehameha Schools; Richard Riegels, Executive Vice President of Operations at Stanford Carr Development; Hazel Go, Project Manager, WCIT Architecture; and Grant Murakami, PBR HAWAII & Associates, Inc. David Kaahaaina of Allana Buick & Bers will be the moderator. 


    Renee Espiau is a Branch Chief with the City and County of Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting where she helps to manage the City’s Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) program. She oversees a variety of planning efforts, including many of the neighborhood TOD plans, the City's catalytic TOD projects, and policy changes necessary for creating better communities around Honolulu's future rail stations. Prior to returning to Hawaii, Ms. Espiau was a Planner in New Jersey and New York City. She was born and raised on Maui.


    Giorgio Caldarone is the Sr. Director, Planning & Development in the Commercial Real Estate Division at Kamehameha Schools where he oversees the team that develops and executes portfolio, market area and project plans that advance the schools’ mission and values. Mr. Caldarone previously served as the Director of Real Estate Planning as well as a Regional Manager in the Land Assets Division overseeing residential and agricultural initiatives and heading up Kamehameha Schools’ utility-scale sustainable energy projects. He was also a 2013-2014 Omidyar Fellow.


    Richard Riegels is the Executive Vice President of Operations at Stanford Carr Development. He is responsible for the overall operational management and coordination of pre-development, design, and construction activities of the multi-project development company. Prior to joining Stanford Carr Development in 2001, Mr. Riegels was the Vice President of Design and Construction for Realty Asset Management, Inc. 


    Hazel Go is an architect at WCIT Architecture with 12 years of professional experience working in Hawaii, New York City, and Washington DC. Her diverse project experience includes retail and commercial, single and multi-family residential, higher education, hospitality, and master planning. A few of her favorite projects include designing New York Law School, SALT at Our Kakaako, and the Kapalama Canal Catalytic Project for their focus on place-based and community-based design.


    Grant Murakami is a Vice President at PBR HAWAII. He has over 25 years of planning experience, specializing in master planning, urban design, sustainability, and community planning. Mr. Murakami has been involved in a number of transit-oriented development (TOD) projects for both public and private sector clients along the Honolulu Rail Transit Project’s corridor. Specific to the Kapalama/Iwilei area, he has been involved in the Mayor Wright Homes Redevelopment, Iwilei/Kapalama Infrastructure Assessment, and TOD planning for the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. 

        David Kaahaaina, Jr., AIA, CSI, SMPS  is a senior architect and business development manager for the Hawaii office of the architectural engineering and Palo-Alto, CA-based firm Allana Buick & Bers.  Scope of responsibility includes the marketing of and oversight for a wide array of services from building enclosure design and forensics through energy management and creation, mechanical systems repairs and upgrades, and structural repairs. 


    *Cancellation/No-Show Policy:  If you are unable to attend, you may 1) transfer your ticket to another member of your firm or 2) notify SMPS Hawaii 48 hours prior to the event so we can refund you.  NO REFUNDS will be issued after the event has taken place.

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