Yesterday, our Wai‘anae community held a blessing ceremony as three formerly homeless families on the Leeward Coast received keys to their new future.


Kauhale Kamaile is a new modular permanent housing project on a formerly vacant parcel purchased and developed by the City and will soon serve as home to 16 Leeward Coast families. The name of the modular housing project harkens back to the former lo‘i kalo gardens (Kamaile) that flourished in the area and the community-based living (Kauhale) that old Hawai‘i is known for.


This project is part of my ongoing commitment to give Wai‘anae families the housing opportunities they deserve. All of the families who moved in yesterday shared stories of previously experiencing homelessness along the Leeward Coast. Now that they finally have a home, these families also have a safe place for their keiki to thrive in.


The 16-unit modular permanent housing project is for families and individuals who earn 50-percent of area median income (AMI). A housing subsidy covers a portion of the family’s rent costs.


As the Chair of the City’s Zoning & Housing Committee, I look forward to working with our community to bring more projects like these to fruition throughout O’ahu. With your support, we can continue to build communities of hope for our hard-working local families.