Nanakuli Village Center

    In an effort to determine their own destiny, obtain self-governance, and independence from the state's oversight, and after many years of intensive community-based planning, the Nanakuli Hawaiian Homestead Community Association (NHHCA) with the help of Hawaiian Community Development Board (HCDB) is developing a major “village center” project that will include a multipurpose learning center, a 48-unit affordable rental housing complex, a Waianae Comp satellite health clinic with an affordable drug pharmacy, a large renal clinic and a commercial center with Longs as the anchor tenant. Completion is anticipated before the end of 2019.
    Pursuant to a 65-year general lease to NHHCA from Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) , this exciting community development project which will be ideally located on a 13.57 acre site centrally located in the Nanakuli Hawaiian homesteading community (adjacent to the Nanaikapono Elementary School, Ka Waihona Charter School and the YET Boys & Girls Club).
Hale Makana O Nanakuli Affordable Rental Housing Complex (December 2013 Completed)

    In response to overcrowded households, severely dilapidated houses, and the lack of affordable housing opportunities in the Nanakuli Homesteads, Nanakuli Hawaiian Homestead Community Association forged a working relationship with the nonprofit Hawaiian Community Development Board and California company Urban Housing Communities to develop a $14.6 million 48-unit affordable rental housing project in Nanakuli. Construction has been completed.  


    The Hale Makana O Nanakuli project is providing safe, secure transitional and long-term rental housing designed to meet the needs of Nanakuli community, with focus on Nanakuli's low-income Hawaiian families who earn no more than 40% and 30% of the adjusted median income for Oahu. It is providing immediate relief to many Nanakuli families with too many members living in the same household, to families living in dangerous dilapidated houses, and families who have been forced to abandon their homes. 


    Hale Makana was designed to help the Nanakuli homestead community by providing alternate housing, but within a major "Village Center" that also includes multi-purpose learning, community medical, and a commercial retail center.

Nanakuli Commercial Center (December 2019 Completion Date)

    Work is almost finished on the $20 million Nanakuli Commercial Center, which is a collaboration between Nanakuli Hawaiian Homestead Community Association, HCDB, developers Pupukahi Development, LLC and broker Sofos Realty Corporation. Fronting Farrington Highway, this new one story shopping center will have a Hawaiian cultural plantation theme motif. Anchor tenant is CVS Longs Drug Store. It's stand alone store will have a drive-thru window and pharmacy. Smaller tenants will include Starbucks, Wendy's, Taco Bell, L&L Drivein,  Pizza Hut, Kainalu Surf Shop, and Lovely Nails II.

    The community owned and run Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center will be building a 12,400 sq. ft. single story, stand alone satellite medical facility that will offer primary care, behavioral health, nutrition, case management, and a new in-house pharmacy that will better meet the needs of the community. With the many health problems plaguing our Hawaiian families in Nanakuli and the Waianae coast, the need for such a centrally located and readily accessible health center is quite apparent. Funding is in place, the building permit been processed, and the building pad is in place.  The start of construction by Hawaiian Dredging and the ground breaking ceremony are set for December 19, 2019.

    Liberty Dialysis Hawaii LLC is an affiliated company of Fresenius Medical Care, the nation's largest network of over 2,150 dialysis centers dedicated to improving the life of every patient suffering from kidney disease. This type of health problem affects many people in our Hawaiian communities. Liberty will provide patient-centered care based on the latest technology with innovative and efficient programs. The building shell is finished and interior work is scheduled to commence in January 2020.

     There will also be a centrally located area within the shopping center reserved for six kiosks for small community based businesses and special events. Mike Kahikina is handling this.

    Offsite improvements have been completed, which include a main signalized intersection, turn lanes, sidewalks and a bus stop shelter.  Onsite work which include a six-tenant inline building, the Fresenius Renal clinic, and Starbucks, along with several building pads for Longs, Wendy's and Taco Bell, parking, sidewalks, lighting, landscaping and a gathering area for kiosks, commenced in May 2018. Wendy's and Taco Bell are operational. Longs will open on December 15, 2019. Overall completion is expected by December 2019.

     Nanakuli Village Center's overall planning, acquisition of funding and construction is being handled by Kali Watson of HCDB (

Kalaniho'okaha Community Learning Center
(April 2020 Completion Date)

    As of April 2019 Kamehameha Schools has hired Kiewit Construction and started construction on the Kalanihoʻokaha Community Learning Center (KCLC) in Nānākuli in recognition of the community’s education aspirations and alignment to Kamehameha Schools SP 2020 goals for an improved educational system (Goal 2) and cultivation of a strong Native Hawaiian identity (Goal 3). The learning center will draw from the work of the Nānākuli Hawaiian Homestead Community Association and embody its intent to honor the legacy of Agnes Kalaniho‘okaha Cope in her championing of Hawaiian culture-based health and education.

    Kamehameha Schools is working with community stakeholders and other partners to develop a suite of programs and a learning center that reflects the expressed needs of the Nānākuli community and supports its current and future learning opportunities.

    The KCLC will provide lifelong learning and livelihood opportunities in the Nānākuli community that integrates health, education and ‘āina-based knowledge, skills and practices in every aspect of its operations.

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