Haliimaile and Kihei will be the site locations for affordable housing projects developed by Aina Lani Pacific LLC. Maui residents wanting to apply for the affordable housing project have until March 31st. to do so.
The Hoku’ula in Haliimaile will have single family homes ranging from 2,208 to 2,512 square feet. Kilohana Makai will build 28 homes ranging from 1,425 to 1,817 square feet.
Aina Lani Pacific President Howard Kihune Jr. started the company in 2014. As a native of Hawaii, affordable housing is a project that is very important to him.
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A new family affordable rental housing project has been proposed in Kahului by the Catholic Charities Hawai’i. The proposed project would have 108 one-bedroom units and 70 two-bedroom units. The 5 acre site would also have a park and a gathering room.
The project, named the Hale Piling Family Affordable Rental Housing Project, would have the first phase completed in approximately 16 to 18 months. The units will be intended for those earning 60% or less of the average median income.
Estimated cost of the project is $66 million. According to 2020 guidelines, maximum rent for a one-bedroom unit to be around $1,153 and $1,384 for a two-bedroom.
Over 250 residents of Front Street Apartments in Lahaina received good news. Governor David Ige signed a bill to keep rents from increasing to market prices. Hawaii Finance and Development Corporation will begin negotiations with the Front Street Apartments owners in the hopes of acquiring the property.
Owners of the affordable housing apartments originally wanted to raise the rent rates to market value by August 2019. Hawaii Finance and Development Corporation (HHFDC) have put a hold until August 2020 for now while court proceedings filed by tenants are completed or until HHFDC can purchase the property.
HHFDC is undergoing the due diligence process for appraisal and funding of the apartments. Although the saga isn’t fully over, there is hope for the tenants that a solution is around the corner and that they will be able to maintain their residences.
Na Hale O Maui Affordable Housing blessing for the Westside project was attended by Bob Hansen who was one of the founding members of Na Hale O Maui and served on the Board for many years. Also shown is John Anderson who lead this project for ten years. Others in attendance included Athena Anderson, Donna Hansen and Kimokeo Kapahulelua, the Kahuna who blessed the breaking of ground.