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Planned Chinatown hotel clears key environmental hurdle

The city’s Department of Planning and Permitting has found that the project is anticipated to pose no significant impacts to the environment.

The project’s developer plans to replace an existing parking lot and vacant warehouse at 128 North Nimitz Highway with a 240-room hotel adjacent to Aloha Tower Marketplace.


Downtown Kihei project to have 223 affordable rentals 

In response to community requests, over 200 affordable rental housing units are going to developed in Kihei, Maui. 

The Maui Planning Commission gave the green light to the project. Commissioner Hipolito: "I appreciate them working with us and with the community."


Hawaii's affordable housing crisis growing as many wait for years on wait lists

Kali Watson talked about the homeless crisis in Hawaii. KITV4 Island Television reported on the affordable housing crisis.

Here in Hawaii right now, it's very, very urgent," said Kali Watson, president and CEO of nonprofit developer, Hawaiian Community Development Board. "The housing situation here in Hawaii is at a very critical stage as it relates to the homeless. I mean as you drive see all these homeless people, families, not just individuals that are suffering in dire situations."


The City Dept. of Community Services awarded $28 million to six projects

Ohana Hale was one of the six projects awarded funding from the Dept. of Community Services. The City's grant is for $4.9 million.


Mixed reactions over hotel proposed for Honoluluʻs Chinatown

Ikenakea Development touts its $127 million project as a vision for revitalizing a deteriorating district, and an opportunity to provide 100 full-time local jobs. 

"Bringing in 150,000 people annually to participate in the different restaurants as well as the ones we're going to develop is exciting," Kali Watson of Ikenakea Development said. 


Focus On: Kihei, Hawaii

Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits - Volume XIII - Issue V May 2022

Spotlight on Hale O Piʻikea Affordable Rental Housing Development


NIMBY Vs YIMBY: Should Hawaii Make It Easier To Build Affordable Housing?

Civil Beat: A bill dubbed the “Yes In My Backyard Act” would create a working group to develop a plan to reduce regulatory barriers and improve community outreach.


New hotel, affordable housing proposed in Honolulu's Chinatown

Pacific Business News


New hotel, affordable housing proposed in Honolulu's Chinatown

Pacific Business News


Chinatown may get more affordable housing for older adults, plus a hotel.

Honolulu Civl Beat


Affordable Housing Project in Moiliili Advances

Pacific Business News


Old housing in Moiliili cleared for affordable midrise

Star Advertiser: With a long-standing but soon-to-be-uprooted tangerine tree as a backdrop, a small piece of a Moiliili neighborhood was blessed Tuesday for a big addition of affordable housing.


Groundbreaking Held for Moiliili Affordable Senior Project Honolulu

Gov. David Ige and Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corp. Executive Director Denise Iseri-Matsubara joined the development team of Hoʻokahua Development LLC at a groundbreaking ceremony yesterday for the 105-unit Hale Makana O Moiʻiliʻili affordable senior rental housing project.


Here's An Affordable Housing Plan That's Already Working

Civil Beat: South Maui’s Hale O Piikea (Phase I) — an example of affordable housing proposed under the new county plan — would consist of two four-story buildings housing 90 living units, for Maui residents earning 60% or below of the county’s average median income. 


Affordable senior housing complex set to rise in Moiliili

Star Advertiser: The planned six-story apartment building with 105 residences is expected to take 17 months to build, and is the product of a more than 2-year-old effort led by the local nonprofit affordable-housing development firm Hawaiian Community Development Board in partnership with 3 Leaf Holdings Inc.


Developers propose building a 15-story hotel in Chinatown

HONOLULU (KHON2) — Developers are proposing to build a 15-story hotel in a Chinatown parking lot located on 120 Nimitz Highway. They said it could help grow the economy in the area.


90-unit affordable rental project gets nod from committee

The Maui News: The Maui County Council’s Budget, Finance and Economic Development Committee voted 9-0 Wednesday to recommend the funds, which would go to the Hawaiian Community Development Board to purchase about 9 acres at Piikea Avenue and Liloa Drive.


Move-ins start at new affordable rental complex on Oahu's Leeward Coast

About 22 families have started to move in to Hale O Makana Maili, a 52-unit affordable rental project for low-income tenants in Leeward Oahu that spurred protest and a lawsuit from neighboring residents as well as a new city rule that could affect all affordable housing projects on Oahu going forward.


Opening of Hale Makana O Mai'li

Hale Makana O Ma’ili, a 52 unit multi-family affordable rental housing project, hosted a small blessing on Friday with internal development team members as tenants have begun moving in. The $22.7 million affordable housing project is expected to provide a safe, secure transitional and long-term rental housing option for families in the leeward community.


A New Vision for Affordable Housing.

Kali Watson and Patti Barbee share an extraordinary vision for getting Hawaiians into housing, and together they are making it happen. Watson and Barbee operate the Hawaiian Community Development Board (HCDB), with Watson, HCDB’s founder, serving as President and CEO, and Barbee serving as Senior Vice President.


Nanakuli Village Center, a dream years in the making, becomes a reality.

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Nanakuli Village Center has jumped off the drawing board, going from blueprints to buildings.


Developer helps Hawaiian community with affordable housing

Kali Watson’s career as an affordable housing developer pre-dates the establishment of the Hawaiian Community Development Board, the nonprofit he helped start 19 years ago to help the Native Hawaiian community with housing.


Bill in Congress would boost affordable housing tax credit by 50%

A bill introduced in Congress this year would increase the amount of low-income housing tax credits allocated to each state by 50% over the current levels, which could have meant another $8 million in equity financing for an affordable rental project that broke ground in Kapolei this week.


State backs affordable-housing towers

A state agency is inclined to provide $130 million for a developer to build two apartment towers near Aloha Stadium for low-income households despite contentious community meetings over much of the project earlier this year.


Longs Drugs opening Makaha store, preps to start on new Nanakuli shopping center

CVS is opening its newest Hawaii Longs Drugs store in Makaha this weekend, and construction of the $20 million Longs Drugs-anchored Nanakuli Village Center, which will also have an urgent-care clinic and a dialysis facility as well as other retail and restaurant tenants, is set to start in the next couple of weeks.

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