Honokea Surf Villages Selects Key Design Consultants For Coachella Valley Project

Honokea Surf Villages & Resorts is pleased to announce the selection of key design consultants for its Resort Destination project in the Coachella Valley. Texas based design firm Lake|Flato has been selected as the design architect, Los Angeles’s Clear on Black has been named as the Interior Design firm, New York’s Margie Ruddick has been selected as the Landscape Architect.   Additionally, the Rilington Group has been selected as the local real estate development partner.

Artist Conceptual Rendering of Honokea Surf Village in Coachella Valley

 

The Resort will be the world’s first to create a multi-generational destination centered around sports, retail and hospitality including an authentic Hawaiian culture-centric surfing lagoon. The state-of-the-art wave making technology for this project is by Wavegarden Cove® and features other skill-based recreational elements as well. There is a unique focus on health, wellness, and education by the highly trained Honokea staff. Other resort amenities include retail space, dining, gyms, and boutique lodging, all of which adhere to the highest levels of sustainable design and construction. The result is purpose-driven real estate that benefits both people and the planet while creating a sense of community by incorporating elements of authentic Hawaiian culture and hospitality.

 

“Selecting the right consultants was absolutely critical for us,” said Honokea CEO Keno Knieriem, adding “Since this project involves so many different elements that have never been combined like this before, we reviewed several fantastic firms before ultimately making our choice. We felt that these 4 firms naturally aligned with our vision and we can’t wait to see them not only bring that vision to life, but take it even further.”

 

The Honokea team first came into contact with Lake Flato in 2013, while doing pre-development work for the Nland Surf Park in Austin, Texas. Lake|Flato is a nationally recognized firm known for creating memorable destinations that uniquely fit their environments.

 

These projects embrace the nature of the landscape and particular culture of the place, whether it be in Austin’s funky South Congress district at the Hotel San Jose, the mangrove wetlands of the Florida Keys, or the high Chihuahuan desert of Marfa, Texas. There was an immediate synergy and with the Coachella Valley project we immediately thought of Lake|Flato as an ideal partner to lead our design team.

 

“The Honokea Surf Village is an amazing opportunity to create a one of a kind destination. It is a project that aligns closely to our design philosophy of building with respect to the environment. We are genuinely excited to work with this dynamic team to bring the vision of Honokea to fruition.” – Bob Harris, Partner, Lake|Flato Architects. Mickie Riley of the Rilington group adds, “As the local real estate development partner we are excited to work with such a world renowned design team to bring this state-of-the-art attraction to our Coachella Valley.”

 


About Honokea

Honokea Surf Villages & Resorts is the only Real Estate development and Management company that focuses on utilizing engaging outdoor recreation experiences to inspire positive change for people and the planet. The company designs and operates eco-friendly resort destinations that share Hawaii’s traditions of hospitality and beach culture. Honokea development ethos is rooted in the Hawaiian Cultural values of: health & wellness, sustainability, and education, which are at the core of each property’s design. Honokea has a ‘skill over thrill’ approach included in their development concepts that inspire healthy lifestyles and create destinations the whole family can enjoy together. For more information, please visit www.honokea.com

 

About Lake|Flato

Since its founding in 1984, Lake|Flato has designed buildings that respond to the culture and climate of each unique place. We believe in creating environments that enrich communities and nurture life through our work. The firm has been honored with over 200 design awards, including the American Institute of Architects Firm of the Year Award and ten Top Ten Project Awards from the AIA Committee on the Environment. In 2013, the firm received the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture and in 2014 and recently named one of the Ten Most Innovative Architecture Firms in the World by Fast Company. For more information, please visit www.lakeflato.com

 

About Clear on Black

Clear on Black is a bespoke interior architectural design firm for upscale and luxury hotels and resorts. Their international expertise for the last 20 years is in helping hotel owners, operators, and developers gain dominating market presence and greater profitability by unlocking the hidden potential of their properties. Their philosophy that interior design is not just “art,” nor is it just a story brings a perspective, which is uniquely suited to the Honokea Surf Villages project.   By discovering and designing elements that are solely unique and indisputably true, they bring an authentic basis of design that is deeply relevant for the resort’s guests. Clear on Black has worked with Honokea Principal Steve Yuen on several of the most successful resort and branded residence projects that have been built in Hawaii. In their over 12 years of working together, Clear on Black President & CEO Carl Ross and Steve Yuen have developed a strong symbiotic understanding and respect for the seamless blend of architecture and interior design. www.clearonblack.com

 

About Margie Ruddick Landscaping

Internationally acclaimed landscape designer Margie Ruddick’s work exists at the crossroads of design, ecology, urban planning and architecture. Ruddick, a Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian National Design Award–winner, has designed numerous high-profile destination projects such as India’s Shillim Retreat & Institute, the pioneering Living Water Park in Chengdu, China, and the acclaimed Casa Finisterra in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California. She has worked in unique ecologies the world, from subtropical forest to desert to alpine communities; her approach to place-making and planning program builds on ecological systems and landscape qualities.

 

About the Rilington Group

As an industry leader with a respected reputation that spans over four decades, The Rilington Group is a family owned and operated full-service real estate development firm based in La Quinta, California. Founded in 1989 by Mickie and Hansi Riley, the Rilington family of companies has been highly esteemed by homebuyers, joint venture partners, land owners, investors and subcontractors alike, for its creative insight and corporate excellence as a multi-dimensional Real Estate, Sales, Construction and Land Development Management Company.

 

The diverse group of companies has been responsible for the successful planning, design, development, construction, sales and marketing of over 9,000 lots and over $2 billion in real estate transactions in the Southern California region. The company has received numerous industry recognition awards including “Builder of the Year” in 2006. Whether a small neighborhood of entry-level homes, a high-end community, or a resort destination, if it’s a Rilington Group development, it is built and managed with pride and a deep commitment to exceed expectations and deliver exceptional results. For additional information visit www.rilingtongroup.com.

 

The Desert Sun: Honokea Surf Villages & Resorts

The March 31st issue of the Desert Sun highlights how Hawaii-based real estate development company, Honokea Surf Villages & Resorts, is looking to add a new ‘surf village’ concept to the Coachella Valley’s growing list of attractions. To develop the Surf Village, Honokea has partnered with the Rilington Group, a local full-service Real Estate, Construction, and Land Development Management Company.

Click here to read more in the Desert Sun or download the PDF at TheDesertSun_20170331_A01_A10

Surf Village Developer Considering the Coachella Valley – The Rilington Group Engaged as Development Manager

Hawaii-based real estate development company, Honokea Surf Villages & Resorts, is looking to add a new ‘surf village’ concept to the Coachella Valley’s growing list of attractions. Honokea is poised to bring a 60-acre sustainably designed surf village and resort to the Coachella Valley. The new attraction will include: a world-class surf facility powered by industry leader Wavegarden, an adventure sports park, large events space, an organic farm, dining and shopping areas overlooking the surfing lake, and even a water-oriented boutique hotel.

Artist Conceptual Rendering of Honokea Surf Village in Coachella Valley

The Coachella Valley is an ideal site for Honokea’s project due to its growing culture, outdoor lifestyle, and great year-round weather. The development will add to the growing visitor attractions in the greater Palm Springs area and serve the local community as a social center for health and fitness. The Surf Village will provide family-friendly activities day and night for visitors and locals year-round. Educational initiatives will be a major component of the project as well, including local school partnerships and collaborations with nonprofit organizations.

Moreover, everything in the Honokea Surf Village has been designed for the dry climate, including the endemic landscaping, drip irrigation, aquaponic farming, and more. The Honokea Surf Village Coachella will use approximately one-eighth the water currently consumed by each of the 124 golf courses in the valley, will use non-potable water whenever possible, and will apply to become one of the first aquifer recharge sites in the area.

Honokea has been working in the Coachella Valley for the last two years to ensure that the project benefits the residents of Indio and the larger Palm Springs Valley community.

The construction of the Surf Village will create approximately 400 local jobs with local businesses. Once open, The Surf Village will create approximately 600 local jobs and will draw visitors from around the country. The Honokea project will have a local economic impact greater than one billion dollars with a thirty-two million dollar increase in tax revenue over the next ten years.

“We would be truly honored to bring Honokea to the Coachella Valley,” says Honokea President and Hawaiian Surf Icon, Brian Keaulana, “Southern California has a great surf culture that has always been tied very closely to Hawaii, and the desert is such a special place. We are excited to combine these cultures into something authentic and truly unique.”

To develop the Surf Village, Honokea has partnered with The Rilington Group, a local full-service Real Estate, Construction, and Land Development Management Company. The Rilington Group was chosen to oversee the Surf Village construction for their extensive local desert development expertise. Headquartered in La Quinta, California, The Rilington Group has over four decades of experience in residential and commercial development in Southern California. “We are honored to lead the planning and execution of this project,” says Mickie Riley, Rilington Group Company President, “with our local knowledge and expertise we are excited to bring Honokea’s vision to life in the Coachella Valley. As a locally operated firm not only do we work in the community but we live here and we play here. The Coachella Valley is an ideal location for the Surf Village and we share in Honokea’s focus on environmental sustainability and community building.”


About Honokea
Honokea Surf Villages is a real estate development company founded in 2011 by a team of passionate developers and operators led by Hawaiian surfing icon Brian Keaulana. The company designs and operates eco-friendly outdoor recreational parks that combine world class surfing facilities with other action sports courses and social spaces for dining, retail, events, and accommodations. Honokea’s vision is rooted in the Hawaiian Cultural values of: health, sustainability, and education, which are at the core of each property’s design. Honokea has a ‘skill over thrill’ approach in their park concepts, promoting engaging outdoor sports that inspire healthy lifestyles. For more information, please visit www.honokea.com

About Wavegarden
Founded in 2005, Wavegarden SL is an engineering company dedicated to the research, design, manufacture, installation, commissioning and promotion of wave generating systems and lagoons for surfing and other water sports. Having the most sophisticated wave computer modeling in the world and four large scale wave lagoons they have reinvented the 100 year old industry with their technical and mechanical expertise. Wavegarden remains true to their mission to share the incredible sensation of surfing perfect waves with everyone in the world, regardless of age, gender, level of experience, or geographical location. For more information, including videos, please visit www.wavegarden.com.

About the Rilington Group
As an industry leader with a respected reputation that spans over four decades, the Rilington Group is a family owned and operated full-service real estate development firm based in La Quinta, California. Founded in 1989 by Mickie and Hansi Riley, the Rilington family of companies has been highly esteemed by homebuyers, joint venture partners, land owners, investors and subcontractors alike, for its creative insight and corporate excellence as a multi-dimensional Real Estate, Sales, Construction and Land Development Management Company. The diverse group of companies has been responsible for the successful planning, design, development, construction, sales and marketing of over 9,000 lots and over $1 billion in real estate transactions in the Southern California region. The company has received numerous industry recognition awards including “Builder of the Year” in 2006. Whether a small neighborhood of entry-level homes, a high-end community, or a resort destination, if it’s a Rilington Group development, it is built and managed with pride and a deep commitment to exceed expectations and deliver exceptional results. For additional information visit www.rilingtongroup.com or phone 760-698-9616.

The Rilington Group “5K Trifecta” Focuses on Corporate Wellness as Core Company Value

The Rilington Group recently organized and sponsored company teams for three Palm Springs 5K events in the first quarter of 2015. Employees and families of both the Rilington Group and its new home community, Vallera Palm Springs, had at least 6 participants at each of the 5K events. These included the Mayor’s Healthy Planet, Healthy You 5K Race and Wellness Festival in January, the 2015 Palm Springs 5K in February and the recent Running Wild for Hope 5K.

Palm Springs 5k
Palm Springs 5k

This “5K Trifecta”, now an annual company event, is the cornerstone of the company’s commitment to supporting the health and wellness of employees. “We are so proud of our team members and their families who joined us in at least one if not all three of the 5K events,” notes Erin Eslinger, the company’s Director of Marketing. “I know we are all so thankful to work for a company that encourages our personal wellness and promotes fun team building,” Eslinger adds. Creating this race series, the Rilington Group 5K Trifecta encourages team member fitness. Employees who participated in all three events received a medal and special recognition for their efforts.

Rilington Group employees received strong support from President, Mickie Riley, from the start, including 5K training plans, healthy food suggestions and consistent motivational emails leading up to the races. “I advocate a healthy lifestyle that includes proper eating, exercising and necessary downtime for our employees because it is the right thing to do. To me it’s no different than providing a safe work environment. Just as it is my duty to assist our team members in reaching their financial goals for the benefit of their families, I feel it is equally important to support them in achieving their health and fitness goals,” explains Riley who has a number of long-time and loyal employees.

As the company grows the Rilington Group hopes to see increased participation in the 5K Trifecta next year. The company is also in the process of drafting a formal corporate wellness plan to be implemented before the end of 2015. In addition, the Rilington Group has also offered a paid annual membership for its employees to the new City of La Quinta wellness center as a part of the corporate wellness program.


About The Rilington Group
As an industry leader with a respected reputation that spans over four decades, the Rilington Group is a family owned and operated full-service real estate development, sales and construction company. The Rilington Group, founded by partners Mickie and Hansi Riley, is fueled by a passion for innovative designs, dedication to the highest level of quality, and an unwavering commitment to outstanding customer care. The company has received numerous industry recognition awards including “Builder of the Year” in 2006.

Whether a small neighborhood of entry-level homes or a high-end community, if it’s a Rilington Group Community, it is built with pride and a deep commitment to exceed the expectations of its homebuyers. For additional information visit www.rilingtongroup.com or phone 760-698-9616.