HONOLULU - The state is moving forward with plans to build a community of more than 200 affordable housing units in Honolulu as part of an effort to address Hawaii's homelessness problem.
The modular homes were purchased by Duane Kurisu in 2011, when they were used to house thousands of people displaced by the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan. Kurisu is overseeing the development of the planned Kahauiki Village.
As part of the public-private partnership, the state will lease the property for a $1 a year for the next 20 years. Honolulu is covering the $4 million needed to install water and sewer lines.
Rent will cost families between $400 and $500 a month.
The project will be modeled after old plantation communities and include vegetable gardens and fruit trees.