As the leader for a public-private partnership, Duane Kurisu hopes to create a village for homeless families on this desolate peninsula next to Sand Island. The challenges he faces show how difficult it is to build affordable housing. Photos by Aaron Yoshino.

Duane Kurisu’s Kahauiki Village Aims to Ease Homeless Crisis

An Affordable Plantation - Style Community for Homeless Families

July, 2016

A press conference was held earlier today to formally announce a cross-sector partnership including aio, the State of Hawaii, the City & County of Honolulu and various private companies and community organizations. The project is Kahauiki Village, a plantation-style affordable housing community to be developed near Ke‘ehi Lagoon.

aio Founder and CEO Duane Kurisu was among the speakers at the media event. It was Duane who conceptualized Kahauiki after being inspired by an April 2015 HONOLULU Magazine feature on homelessness in Hawaii.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell hosted the press conference, introducing several project private and public partners, including state Homeless Coordinator Scott Morishige. Also in attendance as aio President Susan Eichor and aio Foundation President Jaime Kinoshita Oliveira.

The planned development will include 200-plus units on land owned by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources. The City & County of Honolulu will be the 30-year lessee at a fee of $1 per year. The aio Foundation will be charged with raising funds for improvements and the hiring of managers to oversee the community.

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