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

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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 with children
  • Provide employment opportunities within walking distance for homeless parents



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 remodeled from the emergency homes built for the Tohoku, Japan tsunami victims by System House, formerly known as 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. 


Project Plan


Kahauiki Village is a proposed community of approximately 144 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 153 currently homeless families with children 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. Origanizer 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, many of which is being donated. Dishes, pots, pans and utensils will also be tenant furnished, some of which we also expect will be donated.


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.  

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 addictions or mental illness. Rents are expected to be $900 per month for two-bedroom units, including electricity, gas, water, internet service and cable TV, and $725 per month for one-bedroom units, including electricity, gas, water, internet service and cable TV.

Committed Jobs within Walking Distance

Those who are not employed may be provided jobs at United Laundry, who will hire homeless adults in Kahauiki Village who want to work. United Laundry is a short walking distance away from Kahauiki Village. Y. Hata & Co. is providing job training for the food and beverage industry for those who are unemployed or underemployed.

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 backup power to the property and connecting to the management building and the preschool/daycare center. Insynergy Engineering and PhotonWorks are working together to design an integrated photo-voltaic system which, in combination with gas, will handle all of the residents’ energy needs. The system will produce its own power grid separate from Hawaiian Electric but will utilize utility power to trickle charge the battery energy storage system (BESS) during extended, overcast conditions.

Our Community Partners

Kahauiki Village has become a reality thanks to the commitment of Governor David Ige who included Kahauiki Village as part of the Governor’s Emergency Proclamation, and Mayor Kirk Caldwell who used a solutions-based approach to push through government and institutional hurdles. 

The vision, commitment and support of the community allowed Kahauiki Village to take shape and the generosity of so many companies and individuals is unprecedented.  

Those who have stepped forward and pledged either their time or services include the following:

Project Team:

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

Kahauiki Village Consortium:

  • 808 Support Services
  • A.C. Warehouse, Inc.
  • ABC Supply Co, Inc.
  • Action Roofing Hawaii LLC
  • AIA
  • aio family of companies
  • Air Central, Inc.
  • Alan Yatagai
  • Allegion (Schlage) & JBL Hardware
  • Alternate Energy, Inc.
  • American Carpet One — Floor & Home
  • American Customs Brokerage
  • Amy Luersen
  • Apex Truss
  • Armstrong Produce
  • Atlas Insurance Agency
  • Bank of Hawaii
  • BEK, Inc.
  • Ben Locquiao
  • BOMA
  • Bowers + Kubota
  • Building Industry Labor Association of Hawaii
  • Cades Schutte
  • California Expanded Metal Products Company (CEMCO)
  • Carrier Hawaii
  • CCIM
  • Cemco Steel
  • Centerline Solutions
  • Central Pacific Bank
  • Chef Zone
  • Chun Kerr, LLP
  • City and County of Honolulu
  • City Mill
  • Civic Solar
  • Coastal Construction
  • Commercial Plumbing
  • Commercial Roofing
  • ControlPoint Surveying, Inc.
  • D. Suehiro Electric, Inc.
  • Darin Isobe
  • Dennis & Brenda Teranishi
  • Dial Electric
  • Elite Parking
  • Ferguson Enterprises
  • Fidelity Charitable
  • Fisher Hawaii
  • Ford Canty & Associates, Inc.
  • Freeman Foundation
  • Gateside, Inc.
  • Grace Pacific
  • Green Thumb, Inc.
  • GreeneWaters, Inc.
  • GW Killebrew Co.
  • Hanahauoli School
  • HAPA Young Leaders
  • Happy Art dba Darin Isobe
  • Hardie
  • Hardware Trends Hawaii
  • Hawaii Army National Guard
  • Hawaii Carpenters Union & Pacific Resource Partnership
  • Hawaii Coffee Co.
  • Hawaii Community Foundation
  • Hawaii Gas
  • Hawaii Sheet Metal Workers Local 293
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • Hawaiian Electric Company
  • HC&D
  • HD Supply White Cap Construction and Industrial
  • Ho Supply
  • HomeStreet Bank
  • Honolulu Disposal Service
  • Honolulu Roofing Co. Inc.
  • Honsador Lumber
  • HouseMart/Ace Hardware Hawaii
  • HPM Building Supply
  • HTH Asset Management
  • Hui Ku Maoli Ola
  • Industrial Electronics, Inc.
  • Institute for Human Services
  • Insynergy Engineering
  • International Express, Inc.
  • `Iolani School Baseball Team
  • iQ360
  • Island Event Rentals
  • Island Flooring
  • Island Holdings Inc.
  • Island Movers
  • Island Ready-Mix Concrete, Inc.
  • Island Top Soil
  • Island Wide Security
  • J. Kadowaki, Inc.
  • J&B Materials
  • James Hardie Building Products
  • James Ishii General Contracting, Inc.
  • JBL Hawaii, Ltd.
  • JD Painting
  • Jensen Precast
  • Joe Webber A/C
  • John & Sue Dean
  • KAI Hawaii
  • Keith & Bonny Amemiya
  • Kloeckner Metals
  • Koba's Nursery
  • Koga Engineering & Construction
  • KONTEC Electric, LLC
  • Kuroda Autobody
  • LeiAloha Wedding & Event Planners
  • Lowe's
  • MAC Products
  • Makakilo Nursery
  • Matson
  • Matson Foundation
  • McInerny Foundation
  • Menpachi Productions
  • Men’s Leadership of Hawaii
  • NAIOP Developing Leaders
  • Naomi Masuno
  • Nathaniel Kinney
  • New Mililani Nursery
  • Newmark Grubb CBI
  • Nisei Building Maintenance
  • Ohana Building Supply
  • OneSource Distributors (formerly Rasko)
  • Osaki Creative
  • Pacific Appliance Group, Inc.
  • Pacific Building Materials
  • Pacific Pipe Co.
  • Pacific Source
  • Pacific Transfer
  • Pagoda Floating Restaurant
  • Palama Settlement
  • Parents and Children Together (PACT)
  • Pacxa
  • Painters Warehouse
  • Palekana Permitting
  • Palama Express
  • Pasha Hawaii
  • Paul Sheriff Inc.
  • PDCA of Hawaii
  • Pearl City High School Baseball Team
  • PhotonWorks Engineering
  • PPG
  • Proficio Hawaii (US Distributor of Komatsu House)
  • Progressive Landscaping, Inc.
  • ProPark
  • Punahou School Baseball Team
  • Resort Management Group
  • Rinell Wood Systems, Inc.
  • RMY Construction
  • Roofers Union Local 221
  • Rotary Club of East Honolulu
  • Rotary Club of Hickam Pearl Harbor
  • Rotary Club of Honolulu
  • Rotary Club of Honolulu Sunrise
  • Rotary Club of Honolulu Sunset
  • Rotary Club of Kahala Sunrise
  • Rotary Club of Metropolitan Honolulu
  • Rotary Club of Pearl Harbor
  • Rotary Club of Pearlridge
  • Rotary Club of Waikiki
  • Rotary Club of West Honolulu
  • Rotary Club of West Pearl Harbor
  • Rotary International District 5000
  • Royal Palm Group
  • S&G Construction, Inc.
  • Savio Group
  • Sergeant Bryan Oato, Honolulu Police Department
  • Servco Home & Appliance Distribution
  • Sherwin Williams
  • Shimmick/Traylor/Granite Joint Venture
  • Shinsato Engineering
  • Solid Surface Technologies
  • Spectrum (Oceanic)
  • Steve Kai
  • Su Yong Yi
  • System House R & C Co., Ltd.
  • Systems Resources, Inc.
  • Takano Nakamura Landscaping
  • The Cades Foundation
  • The Emmett R. Quady Foundation
  • The Freeman Foundation
  • The Gift Foundation of Hawaii
  • The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
  • The Looking Glass Corporation
  • The Salvation Army of Hawaii
  • The Waterhouse Foundation
  • The Zelinsky Company
  • Tint Factory, LLC
  • Title Guaranty
  • Tolentino Roofing
  • Trane
  • United Laundry
  • U.S. Army USAG
  • U.S. Pacific Fleet
  • Urban Land Institute Young Leaders
  • Walters, Kimura, Motoda, Inc.
  • WASH Multifamily Laundry Systems
  • Waterhouse Inc.
  • Watumull Properties
  • Wayne Miyao
  • WE Painting
  • White Co.
  • Window World, Inc.
  • Y. Hata & Co., Ltd.
  • Zippy's Hawaii

If you are interested in joining our efforts to support homeless families in Hawaii, please email Kahauiki Village at

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.  


Working Together to Build a Future

A community built for our community by the community. Volunteers built permanent housing for transitioning homeless families.

Hawaii's leaders in business and government gathered on July 11, 2017, for a groundbreaking of Kahauiki, an affordable, plantation-style community for homeless families.


Action Roofing Hawaii LLC - 2018 NRCA & CNA community involvement award winners


Kahauiki Mahalo Party @ Pagoda Floating Restaurant, February 18, 2018.

Recent News & Updates


September 10, 2018
FHLB Des Moines: Bank of Hawaii, Central Pacific Bank, and Finance Factors Named as Finalist for $15,000 Strong Communities Award

February 8, 2018
NRCA & CNA: Action Roofing Hawaii LLC wins national community involvement award


December 15, 2017
Island News: 30 homeless families on Oahu will have a place to call home next month

December 2017
Hawaii Home+Remodeling Magazine: Kahauiki Village Special Section

October 16, 2017
Hawaii Herald: Kahauiki Village, A Home for the Homeless

October 7, 2017
WTOL 11: Structures once intended for tsunami survivors help homeless Hawaii families

KGMV-CBS: News at Ten

KITV 4 News: Community comes together to build modular homes for Hawaii’s homeless

Hawaii News Now: Structures once intended for tsunami survivors help homeless Hawaii families

August 12, 2017
Hawaii News Now: Military joins forces to build housing for homeless

August 10, 2017
KITV 4 News: Military joins forces with local businesses to create army of volunteers

July 12, 2017
Star-Advertiser: Project to house 600 homeless breaks ground near Sand Island

July 11, 2017
KHON-FOX: Interview with Marc Alexander, Office of Housing Executive Director

KITV-ABC: Island News

KHNL: Hawaii News Now

KHON-FOX: News at Six

KGMB-CBS: News at Ten

Hawaii Public Radio: Kahau'iki Village Permanent Housing Project for the Homeless Breaks Ground

July 10, 2017
Next City: It takes a village to solve homelessness, so this Hawaii businessman is building one

July 8, 2017
Hawaii Business: A solution to homelessness: Build a village

Honolulu Magazine: Could This Plantation-Style Village Be a Solution to Hawai‘i’s Homeless Problem?

April 19, 2017
KITV4 News: Kahauiki Homeless Village to add preschool, daycare center


October 17, 2016
Hawaii News Now: State signs land over to city for tiny homes development

October 17, 2016
Press Event: Governor Ige, Mayor Caldwell and Duane Kurisu signing executive order and lease for Kahauiki Village

July 20, 2016
Star-Advertiser: Village Offers Hope to Homeless

July 15, 2016
Star-Advertiser: Modular Houses Near H-1 will go to the Homeless

July 14, 2016
Press Event: Media tour of Komatsu modular houses

July 14, 2016
Honolulu Magazine: New Plantation-Style Village for Homeless Families One Step Closer to Reality

July 14, 2016
Hawaii News Now: Tiny Homes Development Aimed at Helping Ease Homeless Crisis

July 13, 2016
Media Advisory: Media Tour of Komatsu Modular Houses