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AIA/GCA/ACECH: Kamehameha Schools Update

May 15 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm HST


May 15
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm HST
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The Pacific Club
1451 Queen Emma St
Honolulu, 96813 United States
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Kamehameha Schools Update Presentation

The AIA-ACECH-GCA Committee has invited Walter Thoemmes, Managing Director of Planning, Industry, and Development for Kamehameha Schools, to present an update to Kamehameha Schoolsʻ development plans in areas of Kakaʻako, Kapālama, Mōʻiliʻili, Waipahu and Keauhou, and sharing KSʻ focus on key industry investments.

There will be a networking pau hana event following the presentation.

4:00 pm - Check-in
4:15 pm - Presentation
5:15 pm - Pau Hana
6:30 pm - Event ends

Speaker Information

Walter Thoemmes III, Managing Director, Planning, Industry, and Development, ʻĀina Pauahi – Kamehameha Schoolsʻ Real Estate Portfolio

Walter is the managing director of the Planning, Industry and Development team, responsible for value creation across Kamehameha Schools’ $6.0B real estate portfolio, consisting of 371,000 acres of commercial, agricultural and conservation lands located on 5 islands in Hawaiʻi.

His current work involves advancing planning, development and investments for KS land holdings in Mōʻiliʻili, Kapālama, Waipahū, Waiawa, Kāhala, Keauhou, Keauhou, and He‘eia, creating portfolio value and income to support the educational mission; connecting student learning to business and work opportunities; and, creating communities through thoughtful planning and strategic partnerships.

He also oversees direct KS investment to key industries, like food systems and creative industries, partnering with local entrepreneurs and promoting a circular economy.

Employed at KS for 25 years, Thoemmes most recently led KSʻ commercial real estate team, which has now merged with the agriculture and conservation teams to form ʻĀina Pauahi. He has previously held roles of chief of staff to the CEO, and director of Facilities Development & Support. He has been involved in major projects such as the development of Our Kakaʻako, the Kā Pua Initiative in Waiʻanae, and the Maui and Hawaiʻi campuses.

A 1984 alumnus of KS, Thoemmes went on to graduate from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s School of Architecture and worked as a licensed architect for 7 years prior to joining KS.

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