Hawai’i Community College Dedicates 46th DHHL Home

Posted on May 15, 2013 in Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Media Releases

(Hilo, Hawai`i) – Another brand new home has been designed and constructed by Hawaiʻi Community College students in Hilo, Hawaiʻi.

This is the 46th home built by the college since the school launched its Model Home Program in 1965. The best part of the program, according to students and organizers: the annual ceremony where the house keys are officially turned over to the new homeowner.

“Oh it felt great,” said Fred Palea, the lucky Hawaiian Home Lands lessee right after he walked into his new home for the first time. “I am really ecstatic and excited about this house and it feels warm, welcoming, and I think our family is really going to enjoy this house.”

The three-bedroom, two-bath, 1,800-square-foot home includes a carport, solar water heating, a photovoltaic system, landscaping with native plants and an aquaponics garden.

Read the entire article and watch the video on the UH News Site.