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Ulu Ke Kukui in Mā‘ili


Ulu Ke Kukui, Leeward Homeless Shelter, Housing Units

Ulu Ke Kukui, formerly Villages of Mā‘ili, is a transitional housing project for the Leeward Coast, which includes a large contingent of Native Hawaiian families.  The project includes five, two-story transitional housing buildings with 16 units each for a total of 80 units that can accommodate up to 300 people. It also includes a community learning center building with administrative offices, adult classrooms, a kitchen, dining/multi-purpose room, and a children’s center with classrooms.  There is also a receiving home named Ho‘omalu O Na Kamali‘i for children temporarily removed from abusive environments.

The shelter is located on a 6.23-acre portion of the 89-acre former Voice of America property in Mā‘ili.  The land is in the process of being conveyed from the federal government to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL).

The total cost of the project is $14,857,000, which includes $11,175,000 in state funds, a donation of $2,557,000 from Kamehameha Schools for the community learning center, and a donation of $1,125,000 from the Wood Family for the receiving home.  In addition, DHHL has given a 10-year gratis lease to the Hawai‘i Public Housing Authority.  The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is also contributing operational funds for the children’s center and Ko Olina Development has donated playground equipment for the children’s center.

Stanford Carr Development partnered with the State to develop the project at no profit to the company as the developer.  In 2006, following the Governor’s emergency proclamation, Stanford Carr responded to the State’s request for interest for any company, organization or agency interested in playing a role in finding solutions to the homeless problem.  Carr volunteered to develop this project as a community service.

Alternative Structures International has been contracted to operate Ulu Ke Kukui.

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