Kanehili Ohana

29 Hawaiian Homes applicants are on their way to becoming a homeowner in Kapolei, O‘ahu

KĀNEHILI, O‘AHU – Another 29 Native Hawaiian ‘ohana selected their homestead lots in the “green,” energy-efficient community of Kānehili in Kapolei.

These residential lots were the first to be awarded this year. Some 40 applicants qualified to be invited to the April lot selection ceremony.

These new homeowners spent the past two years improving their financial standing, ultimately qualifying for a mortgage.

Kanehili Kupuna

Future homeowner of the “green,” energy-efficient community of Kānehili

Qualifying for a mortgage continues to be a major roadblock for applicants. But these beneficiaries didn’t let that stop them.

The turnkey homes range in price from a two-bedroom, two-bathroom home for $227,300, to a five-bedroom, three-bath home for $301,000.

Each home will have provisions to accommodate the future use of electric cars as well as energy-savings measures that will help new homeowners save anywhere from 30 to 50 percent of their energy bill.

Once the homes are completed, these new homeowners will be moving in next door to the recently completed Salvation Army Kroc Community Center, the University of Hawai’i-West O‘ahu set to open this fall, and the future Ka Makana Ali‘i shopping center.

Here are more photos of the Kānehili Lot Awards Ceremony: