Hawaiian Community Development Board (HCDB) is a non-profit established in 2000 with the express mission of supporting and promoting housing, community, and economic development projects that benefit families living in the Hawaiian Home Lands and communities throughout the state of Hawaii.
Under the leadership of Kali Watson, former Director of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) and with the support and guidance of a dedicated and knowledgeable Board of Directors of all Native Hawaiians primarily from homesteading communities , HCDB has developed an aggressive plan to provide some exciting opportunities in the various homestead areas.
The team assembled by HCDB to develop projects in the Hawaiian Home Lands communities consists of highly qualified, experienced professionals with a mutual commitment to our Hawaiian people.
President & CEO
HCDB was founded by Kali as a continuation of his passion for providing Native Hawaiian families with affordable housing options. Prior to this, during his tenure as the Director of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) between 1995 and 1998, he was responsible for coordinating the development of over 3,100 residential lots on Hawaiian Home Lands, and State legislature's approval and funding of the $600 million State and DHHL settlement, including the transfer of 16,518 acres of State lands to make the DHHL trust whole. He was also instrumental in the passage and transfer of over 900 acres of Federal lands into the trust under the federal Hawaiian Home Lands Recovery Act of 1995.
As a licensed attorney, he has been at the forefront of Hawaiian issues for over 40 years and his background includes work at the 1978 State Constitutional Convention, legal counsel for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Deputy Attorney General of the State of Hawaii, Chairman of the Hawaii State Housing Directors and Administrators, and the 1999 O'o Award Winner for the Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce. He served as the Chairman of the Housing and Economic Development Committee for the Sovereign Councils of Hawaiian Homestead Assembly (SCHHA) which represented approximately 30 different Hawaiian homestead communities throughout the State.
In recent years, to expand HCDB's reach into the private non-homesteading areas, Kali has established successful HCDB partnerships with various private developers of low-income housing tax credit projects primarily located on Oahu. Projects include single family residential, townhouses, mid-rise and high-rise buildings.
Senior Vice President
Patti Barbee is a native Hawaiian born and raised on Ho'olehua homestead on the island of Molokai. She has extensive experience in all aspects of housing and community development focused on Native Hawaiians, including over 10 years as Housing and Community Development Supervisor at OHA. She was responsible for its housing programs and served as a technical liaison and contract compliance specialist. She developed funding models, initiated housing projects and conducted extensive market research and analysis into the housing needs of Native Hawaiian families throughout Hawaii.
At HCDB she is responsible for the Kauhalepono Replacement Home Project and Hale Makana O Nanakuli Project. She was instrumental in putting all the funding together for both projects, and is well-versed in low-income housing tax credits, new market tax credits, the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation funding process, and the various loan loan programs for DHHL homesteaders.