Prepare To Arrive In Style At Honolulu’s Ward Village For $2.5 Million

floor-to-ceiling windows in a designer honolulu penthouse
The glass-clad Aeo high-rise in Honolulu takes in city and water views. (Hawaii Life)

For second-home buyers seeking a cushy spot to land in Honolulu, a designer-done perch in the sky could be just the ticket.

Turn the key, drop the bags and head to the building’s rooftop terrace, resort-style swimming pool or the fitness center. Need to stock the fridge? There’s a Whole Foods just downstairs.

A wall mural by artist Jasper Wong is among original works in the condominium.

A wall mural by artist Jasper Wong is among original works in the condominium. (Hawaii Life)

The gleaming glass-clad high-rise called Ae’o is in Ward Village, a pedestrian friendly neighborhood of 60 acres set along the ocean between Waikiki’s white sand beachfront and downtown Honolulu.

Also ideally suited for a no-maintenance primary residence, the three-bedroom luxury condominium takes in ocean and city vistas from every window.

But it’s not just the views that provide an eyeful. The turnkey unit is a designer showplace that includes all the furnishings, accessories and fine art – even the linens.

Art walls decorate each of the three bedrooms.

Art walls decorate each of the three bedrooms. (Hawaii Life)

The canvas of interior designer Holly Boling Ruiz of Philpotts Interiors, the unit was envisioned as a “dynamic, forward thinking and kinetic” space.

Setting the tone in the living room is an original hand-painted wall mural in brilliant blue and orange by artist Jasper Wong.

Window walls meet at the corner of the room, which opens to a dining area and sleek modern kitchen. A center island provides additional bar seating.

Other rooms feature original prints by global artists including Murakami, Connor Brothers, Don Ed Hardy, Gary Simmons and Anges Martin, as well as original painted works by Saint Khewhok.

There are double sinks in two of the three bathrooms.

There are double sinks in two of the three bathrooms. (Hawaii Life)

Geometric and abstract accent walls anchor the bedrooms, which feature closets with built-in cabinetry and storage systems. There are three bathrooms, two of which have double sinks.

Among other building amenities are a clubhouse/party room, an outdoor lounge and a theater room.

Noel Shaw of Hawaii Life is the listing agent for 1001 Queen St. #2901, Honolulu. The asking price is US $2.525 million.

The Daniel K. Inouye International Airport is about five miles away.


During four decades of covering luxury and celebrity housing, I’ve looked into people’s homes, lives and property records through many lenses. I was the Los Angeles Times Real Estate section editor for eight years, the Hot Property columnist for six and did stints as a newspaper reporter, copy editor and page designer. My work for The Times Business, Home and Real Estate sections has garnered in-house and national awards for blogging, editing and feature writing.