2019-1102 Media Release – DHHL Beneficiaries Offered Vacant Lots in KapoleiPosted on Nov 2, 2019 in Latest Department News
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(KAPOLEI, HI) – Beneficiary families gathered at the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) headquarters on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 for a chance at being selected as one of the 23 to receive a vacant lot within the Department’s Ka’uluokaha’i Subdivision – Increment B, located east of Kapolei Parkway near the Salvation Army Kroc Center.
The offers were made to applicants from DHHL’s wait list through 1985 and Ka’uluokaha’i Undivided Interest lessees. Twenty-six families prequalified for the selection following an orientation held in September.
“Today is a very happy day,” said Hawaiian Homes Commission Chair William J. Aila, Jr. “The vacant lot program is one that allows the opportunity to build what beneficiaries want and gives an opportunity to seek resources beyond what the Department has available – contractor and skilled family and friends, to ultimately build what they want and what they can afford.”
DHHL’s vacant lot offer is among a variety of offerings provided to beneficiaries, the product is unique in that it allows a family to select and construct a home that best fits its needs.
“It was unbelievable to hear our names get called today,” said Nani Kinimaka Davis, a beneficiary who selected a lot on Saturday. “I’ve been on the waiting list for 43-years. It’s been a long, long haul of different offerings but we know this is the right timing for us because we’ve waiting for owner-builder in this area.”
The Ka’uluokaha’i – Increment B award is the fourth lot selection the Department has held since June and is among 395 that have been planned for 2019. Over 1,300 lots are in the Department’s production pipeline for the next five years.
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The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands carries out Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole’s vision of rehabilitating native Hawaiians by returning them to the land. Established by U.S. Congress in 1921, with the passage of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, the Hawaiian homesteading program run by DHHL includes management of over 200,000 acres of land statewide with the specific purpose of developing and delivering homesteading.
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