Partnership with Hawai’i Community College Results in 44th Home

Posted on May 17, 2011 in Hawaiian Homes Commission, Media Releases

Partnership with Hawai’i Community College Results in 44th Home

May 12, 2011

HILO, Hawai‘i – A home built by students in the Hawai‘i Community College (HawCC) students Model Home Program was dedicated today in the homestead community of Pana’ewa.

“This partnership combines real-life, hands-on training with the opportunity to provide well-made, affordable homes for our beneficiaries and as a result, everyone comes out a winner,” said Hawaiian Homes Commission Chairman Alapaki Nahale-a. “Today we celebrate the completion of a well-made product and the beginning of a new life for a new homesteader.”

The three-bedroom, two-bath home will be turned over to Hawaiian Home Lands selectee Lorcardia M. Gouveia.

The model home program at HawCC provides instruction in drafting, welding, carpentry, electrical, and landscaping while subcontracting outside work to local community builders that is not taught at the community college. Students built the home at a cost of$159,000.

DHHL provided space and funding which allowed the students to acquire on-the-job skills in home construction while helping DHHL to fulfill its mission of putting more native Hawaiians on the land. Since the model home program’s inception in 1965, over 3,360 drafting, welding, carpentry, electrical and agricultural students have participated in the program.

Students produced a scale model of the home plans.

The kitchen is beautifully appointed with wood and lighting.

Moku ka Piko, the “cutting of the umbilical cord” at the new home initiation.

Pā’ina to bless the new home.


Media Contact:
Crystal L. Kua, Administrator
Information and Community Relations Office
Department of Hawaiian Home Lands
Phone: 808-620-9591