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.