Project Plan


Kahauiki Village is a proposed development of 150 single family one and two bedroom dwellings to be built on reclaimed land situated off Nimitz Highway between Keehi Lagoon Park and Sand Island.  It is being built to help provide a long term affordable housing solution for homeless families in Hawaii.  When completed, Kahauiki Village is expected to house over 600 adults and children.

A Public/Private Partnership

The land upon which Kahauiki Village will be built is owned by the State of Hawaii, Department of Land and Natural Resources.  By Executive Order No.4513 dated October 17, 2016, jurisdiction of the land was transferred to the City and County of Honolulu.  Concurrently, on October 17, 2016, a lease was executed between the City and County of Honolulu and aio Foundation, a registered 501©3 non-profit organization.

Plantation Character and Culture

The design and proposed operation of Kahauiki Village is inspired by the character and culture of 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 are being shipped to Hawaii to provide the core structure for each dwelling.  Architect Lloyd Sueda has designed exterior embellishments, like new wood trusses and corrugated roof 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 6 Phases.  Phase 1 will include 24 building of which there will be 18 2-bedroom units and 6 duplexes with 2 one-bedroom units each.  Every unit will have its own kitchen facilities and bathrooms.  Interior 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 expect will be donated too.  Phases 2 through 6 may be built in Phases or all at once depending upon the success a community culture has being firmly established among the occupants of Phase 1.

Central Services and Conveniences

There will be central laundry room with coin-operated washer 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.  Palama Market is also expected to operate a small convenience store on property.

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 for family with children. Families must first go through transition facilities at social service agencies like Salvation Army, Catholic Charities and Institute of Human Services before being eligible to apply as a tenant at Kahauiki Village.  This development is for long term low cost housing for previously homeless families and does not provide treatment for drug or social illness.    Rents are expected to be $650 per month for two-bedroom units, including electricity and water, and $500 per month for one-bedroom units, including electricity and water.

Committed Jobs within Walking Distance

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

Child Care Center

There will be a child care center, for child care and pre-school children, operated by Kamaaina Kids. This will enable single parents to go to work. The building which houses 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 child care center is not being used.

Kahauiki Village will be on its own Power Grid

The City and County of Honolulu is bringing water and sewer to the property.  Hawaiian Electric is bringing power to the property and connecting to the management building and the child care center.  Insynergy Engineering has designed a photo-voltaic system whereby all energy needs, except for emergency power needs, will come from solar power and battery storage through Kahauiki’s own grid. 

All construction work, which is not otherwise pro-bono, is committed to be with union labor.