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An Affordable Plantation-Style Community
for Homeless Families

 

A public/private partnership development with the State of Hawaii, the City & County of Honolulu and the aio Foundation

 
Our Vision
 

In response to the state’s growing homeless crisis, Kahauiki Village is a plantation style community development designed to house Hawaii’s homeless families. 

 

Inspired by the plantation lifestyle of Hawaii’s past, a cross-sector partnership with members of the public and private sectors are joining forces to address the urgent need for long-term and permanent affordable housing for local families.

Homelessness has a significant impact on the health and well being of our keiki, including the parents’ ability to find jobs and retain steady employment. Reducing family homelessness can only be achieved through a coordinated and collaborative approach that provides at-risk families the help they need, when they need it the most.

Kahauiki Village is a groundbreaking initiative that maximizes public and private resources to implement a long-term strategy aimed to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Attain and permanently retain homes for homeless families
  • Provide employment opportunities within walking distance for homeless parents
  • Offer accommodation options for extended families

 

 

Plantation Inspired

Kahauiki Village is a plantation-inspired community where cultural diversity and personal pride foster strong neighborhood ties.

 

Designated areas for vegetable gardens, fruit trees and fish farms will not only offer economic relief for resident families, but encourage food sustainability. Common areas for social service programs and recreational activities will be available to provide on-site treatment while encouraging fellowship and shared experiences. An on-site manager will be responsible for facility maintenance and arbitration between neighbors if required.

The core of each residence is modeled after the emergency homes built for the Tohoku, Japan tsunami victims by Japanese industrial giant, Komatsu. Local architect, Lloyd Sueda has designed exterior embellishments such as wood sidings and corrugated roofs to give the modular units an exterior reminiscent of historic plantation homes.

Kahauiki Village is modeled after the plantation community culture that has shaped much of modern Hawaii today. By developing a true community rather than just a series of homes, Kahauiki Village offers Hawaii’s homeless families much needed stability, shared resources and a strong network of neighborhood support. 

 
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Project Plan

 
 

Kahauiki Village is a proposed community of approximately 150 one and two bedroom homes to be built on 11.3 acres of land located between Nimitz Highway, Keehi Lagoon Park and Sand Island.  Kahauiki Village will provide long term, permanent, affordable housing for approximately 150 currently homeless families on Oahu.  When completed, Kahauiki Village is expected to house over 600 adults and children. 

A Public/Private Partnership

This Project is a unique public/private partnership consisting of the State of Hawaii, the City and County of Honolulu, aio Foundation (a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation) and a multitude of community partners who have volunteered their resources to make Kahauiki Village a reality.

The State of Hawaii, which owns the land, transferred the land to the City and County of Honolulu which in turn leased the property to aio Foundation for ten years (with an option to renew for an additional ten years) at $1.00 a year.  

aio’s Project team is led by Duane Kurisu, Lloyd Sueda, Gordan Furutani, Mel Kaneshige and Scott Kuioka.  A host of community-minded companies and individuals have also contributed their time, materials and money to make this Project possible.

Plantation Character and Culture

The design and proposed operation of Kahauiki Village is inspired by the character and culture of Hawaii’s sugar plantation towns of the past.  Prefabricated emergency homes built by Japanese heavy equipment company, Komatsu, which formerly provided shelter for the Tohoku Japan tsunami victims, will comprise the core structure for each dwelling.  Architect Lloyd Sueda has designed exterior embellishments like new wood trusses and corrugated roofs to provide the look and feel reminiscent of old plantation homes.  There will be a common garden areas to cultivate vegetables.  Landscaping will include fruit bearing trees.  

Each Unit will have Kitchens and Bathrooms

Kahauiki Village will be built in six phases.  Phase 1 will include 24 buildings which will contain 18 two-bedroom units and 12one-bedroom units.  Each unit will have its own kitchen and bathroom.  Interiors will be tenant furnished, some of which we expect will be donated.  Dishes, pots, pans and utensils will also be tenant furnished, some of which we also expect will be donated.  Phases 2 through 6 may be built in separate phases or all at once depending upon the success of Phase 1.

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Central Services and Conveniences

There will be central laundry room with coin-operated washers and dryers to be provided by a third- party vendor.  Sufficient yard space between building areas will allow tenants to hang dry clothes as an alternative to using the commercial dryers.  A recreation room and facilities will also be provided.

Day to Day Management

A partnership of the Institute of Family Services (IHS) and Newmark Grubb/CBI will be responsible for day-to-day management on a contract basis.  IHS will provide on-site rental and tenant management services and will be the filter and the final approving body for homeless family applications.  Newmark Grubb/CBI will provide physical and fiscal property management services.

A Long-Term Solution for Homeless Families with Children

Kahauiki Village is a place for homeless families with children.  Families must first go through transition facilities at social service agencies like The Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, and the Institute of Human Services before being eligible to apply as a tenant at Kahauiki Village.  This development is meant to provide long-term, low cost, permanent housing for previously homeless families and is not intended to provide treatment for additions or mental illness.    Rents are expected to be $900 per month for two-bedroom units, including electricity, gas and water, and $725 per month for one-bedroom units, including electricity, gas and water.

Committed Jobs within Walking Distance

Those who are not employed may be provided jobs at United Laundry.  Vicky Cayetano has advised us that she will hire any homeless adults in Kahauiki Village who want to work. United Laundry is a short walking distance away from Kahauiki Village.

preschool and daycare Center

There will be a preschool and daycare center for children who live in Kahauiki Village who are not of school age.  This will enable both or single parents to work.  The buildings which house the child care center would serve a dual purpose and become a central recreational center for all occupants of Kahauiki Village during the evenings and weekends when the preschool and daycare center is not being used.

Kahauiki Village's separate power grid

The City and County of Honolulu is providing water and sewer connections to the property.  Hawaiian Electric is bringing power to the property and connecting to the management building and the preschool/daycare center.  Insynergy Engineering is designing an integrated photo-voltaic system which, in combination with gas, will handle all of the residents’ energy needs, except for emergencies.  The system is being designed to create its own power grid separate from Hawaiian Electric.  

 

 
Our Community Partners
 

Kahauiki Village could only get this far into becoming a reality because the commitment from Governor David Ige, who included Kahauiki Village as part of the Governor’s Emergency Proclamation, and from Mayor Kirk Caldwell and his staff, who has helped push through government and institutional impediments and who has worked with a solutions-based approach to Kahauiki Village. 

In addition, only through the vision, commitment and support of so many people in the community could make Kahauiki Village happen.  Hawaii’s generosity with the time and money from so many companies and individuals are unprecedented.  Please refer to our Kahauiki website: kahauiki.org

Those people who have stepped forward and have been so generous with in donating either their time and services or have pledged to do so include the following:

Project Team:

  • Lloyd Sueda – Project Architect
  • Gordan Furutani – Project Director
  • Melvin Kaneshige – Project Developer
  • John Dean – Finance
  • Duane Kurisu – Organizer

Kahauiki Village Consortium:

  • aio family of companies
  • Bowers + Kubota
  • Coastal Construction
  • Commercial Plumbing
  • ControlPoint Surveying, Inc.
  • Darin Isobe
  • Ford Canty & Associates, Inc.
  • GW Killebrew
  • Hawaii Carpenters Union
  • Hawaiian Electric Company
  • HPM Building Supply
  • Insynergy Engineering
  • Island Holdings
  • Komatsu Home, Ltd.
  • Local Union 1186 IBEW
  • Michael Motoda
  • Nathaniel Kinney
  • Nathan Okubo
  • Newmark Grubb
  • Pacific Transfer
  • Plumbers & Fitters UA Local Union 675
  • Proficio Hawaii (US Distributor of Komatsu House)
  • RMY Construction
  • Title Guaranty

If you are interested in joining our efforts to support homeless families in Hawaii, please email Kahauiki Village at info@kahauiki.org.

Kahauiki Village would not be possible without the vision, commitment and support of the following:

  • Governor David Ige, who included Kahauiki Village as part of the Governor’s Emergency Homeless Proclamation, and from various departments of the State of Hawaii who have been extremely helpful in progressing key aspects of the development.
  • Mayor Kirk Caldwell, his staff and various departments who have helped push through government and institutional impediments and who have worked with a solutions-based approach to Kahauiki Village.  
  • Private companies and individuals who have been so generous with their time, talent, and resources in helping at each and every step of this development.