‘Ualapu‘e Kuleana Homestead Project

‘Ualapu‘e Kuleana Homestead Project

Project Summary:

In February 2020, the Hawaiian Homes Commission approved the update to the Moloka‘i Regional Plan.  The Regional Plan underwent an extensive Beneficiary Consultation process, over a 15-month period.  The ‘Ualapu‘e Kuleana Homestead Project is a beneficiary-driven project and is one of the five priority projects identified in the Regional Plan. In collaboration with the Ahonui Homestead Association, a beneficiary-based organization, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) proposes to plan and develop a Kuleana Subsistence Agriculture Homestead in ‘Ualapu‘e, east Moloka‘i.

DHHL is initiating Phase 1 — Planning Process, which includes an Environmental Assessment, as required by Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS) Chapter 343; and a Kuleana Homestead Settlement Plan (KHSP), as required by Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR) 10-3-30. The number of lots and size of lots will be determined after the Planning Phase is complete. The estimated time of completion for the Planning Phase (only) is summer 2023. Subject to change.

The “Kuleana Homestead Program” is an existing program, per HAR 10-3-30. It is an alternate to a traditional DHHL homestead, whereby, beneficiaries are given the opportunity to lease un-improved, off-grid homestead lots. One of the advantages of a Kuleana Homestead is to reduce the timeline to settle beneficiaries on the land, as compared to a traditional DHHL homestead development project. The Kuleana Homestead Lease Program places responsibility for the development of infrastructure in the hands of beneficiaries in return for availability and early access to un-improved land. Per HAR 10-3-30, at minimum, DHHL to provide the metes and bounds description of the lots and an unpaved right-of-way to the lots.

Project Planning Area:

Image Above: Project Location and Existing Conditions*


Image above: 2005 Moloka’i Island Plan Land Use Designations

*Subject to Change

1 Proposed Action or Issue for Discussion DHHL to conduct the planning process and due diligence for the proposed ‘Ualapu‘e Kuleana Subsistence Agriculture Homestead Project in east Moloka‘i. This includes the preparation of the Kuleana Homestead Settlement Plan (KHSP) and the Environmental Assessment (EA).
2 Background Materials

Beneficiary Meetings

Virtual Beneficiary Meeting #3 (DHHL Molokai Agriculture Applicant Waitlisters) – November 30, 2022 – 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 



Virtual Beneficiary Meeting #2 – March 2, 2022 – 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Virtual Beneficiary Meeting #1 – October 14, 2021 – 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. 


4 Community Informational Meeting Community Meeting #3 (In-Person Only, No Virtual) – Thursday, October 20, 2022  – 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.



Virtual Community Meeting #2 – April 13, 2022 – 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Virtual Community Meeting #1 – Wednesday, December 1, 2021 – 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


5 Environmental Assessment Information will be posted when available


  • DRAFT for review – 30-day comment period
6 Settlement Plan Information will be posted when available


7 Community Meeting #4

Tuesday, July 11, 2023
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Kilohana Recreation Center
344 Kamehameha V Highway
Kaunakakai, HI 96748

Meeting Invite Letter


Community Meeting Comments

Subject to Change

Please e-mail [email protected] with any questions or comments.