Holiday ice skating rink planned for Howard Hughes project in Hawaii

Workers prepare for a private grand opening of the newly renovated IBM building.

Workers prepare for a private grand opening of the newly renovated IBM building.

Although The Howard Hughes Corp. has had similar open-air ice rinks at some of its Mainland properties, including Summerlin in Las Vegas, company representatives say the one that will be built at Ward Village in Honolulu will serve as the company’s first ice rink that will be operated in tropical weather.

The Howard Hughes Corp. applied for a building permit with the City and County of Honolulu on Oct. 6 for a public ice-skating rink at the former IBM building, with an estimated value of $200,000.

With less than a month left to the start of this year’s holiday shopping season, The Howard Hughes Corp.’s Ward Village in Honolulu plans to roll out something new this year to get shoppers into the spirit: a public outdoor ice skating rink adjacent to the developer’s retail properties in Hawaii.

The Howard Hughes Corp. confirmed to PBN on Wednesday that Ice Rink Events, a Conroe, Texas-based producer of seasonal public ice-skating rinks, will manage a 4,200-square-foot ice skating rink that the company will construct at the former IBM Building, which now serves as the sales and information center for its Ward Village master-planned community in Kakaako, that will open on the day after Thanksgiving, better known as Black Friday.

Darin Moriki
Reporter
Pacific Business News

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