Kalaeloa encompasses approximately 3,700 acres in the Kapolei/Ewa region that was actively used by the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1999 as Naval Air Station Barbers Point. With the closure of the base in 1999, the community lost thousands of jobs and access to several community services. The State of Hawai'i has since undertaken the task of planning for the redevelopment of Kalaeloa and, with community input, created the Kalaeloa Master Plan to chart a course for the social and economic growth of the area.
By the time the U.S. Navy conveyed to Hunt the leasehold interest to the 540-acre portion of the former air station in 2009, Hunt was faced with immense challenges that included aging infrastructure, vacant and deteriorating buildings, landscape overgrowth, vandalism, dumping, copper theft and homeless issues.
By investing considerable resources to redevelop the area, Hunt has helped attract more than 30 diverse tenants, including Kama'aina Kids preschool, Barbers Point Bowling Center, Tamura’s Market, American Machinery, Henkels & McCoy, Podium Raceway, Tripler’s Warrior 'Ohana Medical Home, and the Pacific Education Center.
In addition to bringing more community amenities to the area, Hunt has implemented a security presence, upgraded the landscaping, maintained area ball fields for more than 20 youth teams and is currently working with various entities to address the issues related to area’s infrastructure and connectivity.
The Navy conveyed to Hunt the leasehold interest to 540 acres in Kalaeloa in 2009 as part of the Ford Island Master Development Agreement. This public-private partnership agreement signed in 2003 involved the exchange of five parcels of U.S. Navy land on O'ahu for the development of significant infrastructure and other improvements on historic Ford Island. This resulted in a better quality of life for many sailors and their families.