The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands took part in a groundbreaking ceremony Friday in Waimanalo for a project that will be home for 44 Native Hawaiian beneficiaries and their families.
The Kaka'ina subdivision is located on seven acres of Hawaiian home lands about a half-mile mauka of the Waimanalo Shopping Center.
Future Kaka'ina homeowners were awarded an undivided interest lease for a 5,000-square-foot residential lot in this subdivision back in 2006.
"Today's ceremony marks this administration's commitment toward creating new opportunities for Native Hawaiians to achieve self-determination," said Gov. Neil Abercrombie. "In addition to building affordable homes for 44 families, this project provides an economic boost in the form of jobs and also creates an arena in which government the private sector and the non-profit community are able to work together for a bright Hawaii."
The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded a grant to the non-profit organization Na Kupa'a O Kuhio for the installation of sewer and water lines in Kaka'ina.
The total infrastructure cost for Kaka'ina is nearly $7 million. Construction begins in July and is expected to be completed by April 2013, with home construction to follow.
Kaka'ina is one of two land parcels being developed as part of the DHHL project in Waimanalo. Kaka'ina's sister subdivision of Kumuhau was completed last summer and is now home to 45 Native Hawaiian families.
Catherine Cruz was at the groundbreaking and will have more tonight on KITV4 News at 6.