Community comes together to build modular homes for Hawaii's homeless
Phase one of Oahu's Kahauiki Village project is under-construction, near Keehi Lagoon.
Volunteers are working to build dozens of modular homes for Hawaii's homeless families. Phase one of Oahu's Kahauiki Village project is under-construction, near Keehi Lagoon.
On Saturday, experienced workers at Coastal Construction, along with community members from Bank of Hawaii and the AIO Foundation lent a hand to assemble the one-and two bedroom units. Materials enough to build 30 modular homes, arrived just last week and already the affordable plantation-style housing community is standing strong.
"From this being just a vacant lot to now having foundations and framing and actually walls coming up .. I mean wow," said Ken Miyasato with the AIO Foundation. "Our folks have never done construction before but they're working like experts as far as how quickly they can put these houses together."
Kahauiki Village is part of a public, private partnership between the State of Hawaii, City and County of Honolulu, AIO Foundation and multiple community partners to help reduce homelessness. The modular housing community will provide long-term and permanent affordable homes for local families and children.
"Families trying to make ends meet.. trying to get out there and get back on their feet.. this here is going to help turn things around for them," said Dale Maeda with Coastal Construction.
When completed Kahauiki Village is expected to house approximately 150 homeless families on Oahu. To help reach that goal, members of Hawaii's military will also donate their time this week to bring this community to life.
"Hopefully by the end of the year we actually see families moving in to a place they can call home," Miyasato said.
For more information about Kahauiki Village, click here.