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Housing for Families


Housing for families became a priority for the Foundation in the mid-90s because our benefactor, Helga, felt that families needed stable homes in which to raise their children. She also felt that homes should be designed and built to provide a level of comfort so that a family could take pride in their home. Hau‘oli Mau Loa Village was the first housing project undertaken by the Foundation and it was started during Helga's life.


    In the mid 1990s the Foundation partnered with KHDC and began the development of a seven family affordable housing project in Waimea, Kauaʻi. The project was completed in 2000 when seven first-time homeowners moved into their new homes in Hauʻoli Mau Loa Village.


    A second housing project, Puʻuʻalalā Village, located in Pepeʻekeo, north of Hilo, is being undertaken by the Foundation in partnership with HICDC. The Village will be home to 30 families who will be owning a home for the first time.

Home Ownership


For a variety of reasons, home ownership is difficult for many families in Hawai‘i to achieve, especially families with limited financial resources. Because home ownership contributes to a variety of positive outcomes for families with children, the Foundation has committed to helping families build and own a first home through two housing projects since the mid-90s. The self-help model has been used for both projects and has proven to be an effective way to construct homes and to develop an initial sense of community among the new homeowners.


Providing housing for low income families on Hawaiʻi Island

Providing affordable housing for low and moderate-income families

News & Updates

Phase II of the three-phase homeownership project, Puʻuʻalalā Village in Pepeʻekeo on Hawaiʻi Island was completed on November 6, 2020. With the support of the Hawaiʻi Island Community Development Corporation (HICDC) and construction...

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We have found that asking our Summer Intern to complete a project is a good way for the intern to dig a little more deeply into something of substance; to extend their learning and demonstrate their capabilities; and to produce...

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Ten families have begun work on their homes as Phase I of the three-phase homeownership project, Puʻuʻalalā Village, on Hawai‘i Island in Pepeʻekeo. Nonprofit housing developer, Hawai‘i Island Community Development Corporation, is...

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At noon on Monday, November 28, 2016, the Hawaiʻi Island skies cleared as the Reverend Daniel Akaka, Jr. led friends, board, and staff of Hawaiʻi Island Community Development Corporation (HICDC) and Hauʻoli Mau Loa Foundation in...

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