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Globally Connected: Locally Sustainable

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Photo: Ho‘opili’s Urban Agriculture Program calls for more than
250 acres of land to be made available for food production,
whether in small farms, community gardens or home gardens
located throughout the community.

Building Community

D.R. Horton’s Ho’opili

The iconic architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, said of designing and building homes. “The space within becomes the reality of the building.”

It’s another way of saying that homes are more than just four walls and a roof. They hold the space within where people build their lives and pursue their dreams. And by extension, they hold the aspirations of an entire community.

For D.R. Horton – Schuler Division, building homes is building communities.

“As a kamaaina company with deep roots in Hawai‘i, we understand the importance of community building,” said Cameron Nekota, vice president of D.R. Horton – Schuler Division.

“Our approach is to create sensitively planned communities — both their interior and exterior spaces, if you will — where residents and their families can flourish for generations to come,” said Nekota, noting the growing trend of eating locally from community gardens.

It’s the kind of approach the developer continues to take with Ho‘opili, a first-of-its-kind, mixed-use, transit-ready community on 1,526 acres between Kapolei, Ewa and Waipahu. The community will offer residents a mix of homes, businesses, parks and schools within a short, 10-minute walk, which will encourage a healthier and more active lifestyle, as well as help to foster a close-knit neighborhood. By creating 7,000 permanent jobs, Ho‘opili will also give more residents of Ewa and Kapolei the opportunity to live and work in the same community, which will mean more time to spend with their families.

In keeping with the “eat locally” trend, Ho‘opili is the first community statewide to integrate food production — including small farms and community and home gardens  — as part of its design. Dean Okimoto, owner of the highly successful Nalo Farms, oversees Ho‘opili’s innovative Urban Agriculture Program, which calls for more than 250 acres of land to be dedicated to food production.

“Agriculture has, and continues to play, a significant role in our state,” Okimoto said. “This is the first time a developer has recognized the importance of food production in this manner and Ho‘opili should serve as a model for all communities.”

D.R. Horton – Schuler Division has been making home ownership a reality in West O‘ahu for decades, most recently completing the first phase of Kahiwelo at Makakilo. Homeowners also recently moved into the company’s newest Kapolei communities — Nanala, La Hiki and Pulewa at Mehana — featuring a number of planning innovations, including a “live-work” option that allows residents to live in the unit above their work space.

“Living at Mehana eliminates the need to commute to work, allowing me to spend more time with my husband and our two young children,” said Chandra Elam, who operates a physical therapy practice in part of her family’s home. “It gives us the life we always dreamed of having.”

Being a West O‘ahu resident, Nekota also has a firsthand understanding of this region and emphasizes the company’s commitment to Hawai‘i. “We will continue to build the best homes and communities to make this island an even better place to live, work, and play.”

The City of Kapolei

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