Home, sweet home at Hale Kālele

Posted on May 31, 2022 in Capitol Connection, Featured, Main
Don Collier admires his scenic ocean view.

Don Collier admires his scenic ocean view.

Don Collier, paralegal – “Having this unit means a lot to me.  I’ve lived in ‘Aiea all my life and commute to work downtown on the bus. It takes about an hour each way. I’ve been renting a studio, but there are no windows and it’s really hot. The house where I’ve been living in is kind of old and has tons of roaches — big ones!  This is so much better. It’s something brand new!”

 

Chelsie Onaga in her very own kitchen.

Chelsie Onaga in her very own kitchen.

Chelsie Onaga, communications coordinator – MA‘O Organic Farms – “This is incredible. I’ve been in Waipio Gentry with my parents, so this is the first time I’m moving to my own place. I’m really excited to have my own kitchen. The cost of living is so high, even for someone like me with a bachelor’s degree. An affordable unit like this one is the only way I could live on my own. I work at the farm in Wai‘anae half the time, but the rest of the time I can work remotely. I’d like to see more affordable housing, so the next generation can live in Hawaiʻi too.”

 

Donna and Paul check out closet space

Donna and Paul check out closet space

Paul and Donna Dennett – “We were high school sweethearts and just celebrated our 53rd wedding anniversary. Hawai‘i has been home for us since 1993,” said Paul, a former broadcaster. The couple will be moving into a two-bedroom unit, so they can each have their space and their two granddaughters can visit. ”I was so excited I couldn’t sleep,” said Donna. “Right now we’re in Pearl City, but here we’ll be near family. This is perfect for us as two retirees.”

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