A new partnership between the city, state, and private sector is aimed at tackling Honolulu’s homeless issue.
The future Kahauiki Village will be located on state land east of Keehi Lagoon Beach Park, makai of Nimitz Highway.
It will feature more than 200 modular homes used by Tohoku earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan that will be converted into plantation-style structures.
“We’ve met with just about all the social service agencies in Hawaii and they’ve told us that they already have too many transitional homes. We need someplace to take care of the bottom 30 percent for affordable housing,” said Duane Kurisu, aio Foundation, who is helping to bring the homes in from Japan and oversee the project’s development.
The state will lease the site for 10 years at a cost of $1 per year, while the city will install and connect sewer and water infrastructure.
Sueda and Associates, RMY Construction, Coastal Construction and Komatsu Japan donated time, talent, and materials to assemble two models that will serve as a template for the village.
“This is really an example of what can happen when the community comes together to address an issue,” said Scott Morishige, Governor’s Coordinator on Homelessness. “We’re able to support projects like this and make sure we’re not just providing additional shelter, but we’re providing housing, permanent affordable housing homes so that we can move unsheltered families off the streets and make sure that they have a roof over their head and the stability to continue to make progress.”
Rent will cost roughly $400 to $500 a month, and every family will be expected to cover its own utility fees.
There is no timeline yet for the village’s completion.