HONOLULU - Editor's note: A previous version of this article stated the paintball field was abandoned. A spokesman from the mayor's office confirmed the paintball site is still open and will be in operation until March. 

Cars and wooden spools fill the paintball field between the Keehi Lagoon and Nimitz Highway. But by next summer, it will be home to homeless families living on Oahu. 

"This property here will house approximately 200 families, or approximately 800 people will be living on this special place between the Keehi Lagoon and the mountains," said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell. "And get hope back into their lives again."

The goal is to give them new hope and a place to call home at Kahauiki Village, a project between the city, state, the county and AIO Foundation. Gov. David Ige signed an executive order Monday, which will allow the city to lease the land for $1 a year over the next decade. Gov. Ige added, "We want to place an emphasis on ensuring that homeless families have a permanent place to go to."

Homeless families will live in Komatsu modular homes that can fit up to a family of four. They are the same type of units the AIO Foundation used to house tsunami and earthquake victims in Japan. The non-profit is pledging to build 200 of them, at no cost to the city or state. 

"The village will focus on building community rather than shelter," said Duane Kurisu, of the AIO Foundation. "One which we envision will bring affordable housing alternatives to families."

The city will spend up to $4 million building water and sewer lines. The Institute of Human Services (IHS) will manage the village, charging $400-500 a month for rent. Depending on its success, Kahauiki Village will be used as a model for similar projects on the neighbor islands.