Affordable housing projects make headway
Haliimaile, Kihei developments are making island residents a priority
Two workforce housing projects — one in Haliimaile and one in Kihei — went online recently, with applications from eligible Maui residents accepted until the end of March.
The Hoku’ula single-family housing development, located on 63 acres of land off Haliimaile and Haheka roads, will hold 176 to 196 units — half workforce and half market rate.
Developed by Aina Lani Pacific LLC, the project is expected to break ground in May, according to company president Howard Kihune Jr. The first homes should be delivered after about 16 months.
Hoku’ula units have four bedrooms with two or two-and-a-half bathrooms. Floor plan designs range in size from 2,208 to 2,512 square feet, and lots span 7,500 to 8,500 square feet.
Kihune said Aina Lani Pacific produces high-quality homes that sell at under market prices.
“We care about the community. We care about the people who struggle trying to own a home,” Kihune said earlier this week. “We do our best to try to develop a product that is deserving of those people.”
Market-rate units will not be open to potential buyers until affordable applications are completed.
On the south side of the island, the 100 percent affordable Kilohana Makai development got the green light from the Maui County Council late last year and will build 28 single-family homes on 7 acres parallel to South Kihei Road, just inland of Keawakapu Beach.
Also developed by Aina Lani Pacific, Kilohana Makai units have four bedrooms with two or two-and-a-half bathrooms. Floor plan designs range in size from 1,425 to 1,817 square feet, and lots span 6,000 to 7,000 square feet.
Kihune said Kilohana Makai is “a little behind” on delivery timeline and that it still needs to go through the special management area application process. The development has county zoning approval.
He called the Kihei project “another win for local families.”
Sales prices for Hoku’ula and Kilohana Makai are based on County of Maui area median income levels established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development annually for the island of Maui, excluding Hana.
The prices for both developments are as follows:
• Below-moderate-income units for those earning 81 to 100 percent of area median income range from $556,255 to $618,010.
• Moderate-income units for those earning 101 to 120 percent of AMI range from $679,880 to $741,635.
• Above-moderate-income units for those earning 121 to 140 percent of AMI range from $803,505 to $865,260.
Kihune started Kahului-based Aina Lani Pacific, an affordable/workforce housing development company, in 2014. As an Oahu native who grew up on Maui, the developer said getting locals into homes is important to him.
“We want to support the community and work with local people to try to get them in housing,” Kihune said. “Right now it’s so expensive.”
He added that his team is “trying to do our part.”
“We are born and raised here and we care about the local community first,” he said.
Kihune said Pailolo Place, a 100 percent workforce development that comprises 42-unit condominiums in Lahaina, is slated for completion in April.
Aina Lani Pacific completed another 100 percent workforce housing project, Kaiaulu Maui, which included 33 units ranging from $395,150 to $650,500. It quickly sold out and broke ground in Kaanapali in 2017.
The deadline for both Hoku’ula and Kilohana Makai applications is 5 p.m. March 31.
For information and application requirements on the Upcountry and the Kihei projects, visit hokuulamaui.com and kilohanamakai.com.
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