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The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands offered 16 vacant lots to its Lānaʻi waitlist beneficiaries on Saturday, July 27.

The home was built through a partnership between the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands and Honolulu Habitat for Humanity and was funded through a zero-interest loan made possible by the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act, administered by DHHL.

The 37 turn-key homes will be built in partnership with Gentry Kapolei Development, LLC and are the same models and quality as area fee simple homes built by the developers. The turn-key lots will be presented at a lot selection meeting for pre-qualified beneficiaries in September.

Members of the “Kanaka Rangers” and the "Beneficiary Trust Council" who constructed the dwelling were given multiple verbal and written notices to the vacate the property over the past year.

Since 1965, over 4,104 students have participated in the program which provides students on-the-job skills in home construction and provides an affordable home to an applicant on the DHHL’s waiting list.