Workforce housing comes to Ka'anapali

Posted by Island Sotheby's International Realty on Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 at 2:10pm

Finding a home on the West side can be challenging  especially for the island’s families.

Fortunately for some of them, owning a home will soon be made possible because ʻĀina Lani Pacific, a local housing developer, is building more than 30 affordable homes in Kaʻanapali. Island Sotheby’s International Realty is honored to be representing the developer of this new community, Kaiaulu.

Groundbreaking and blessing for the project, 20 April 2017

“This project is a tremendous (step) in the right direction,” said Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa. “We’ve got to get away from the, ‘don’t build anything,’ (and move) to, ‘how do we take care of our community and make the quality of life for people in our community affordable?’”

In a chain of islands facing skyrocketing property values and living costs, it’s rare for the state’s developers to build workforce housing anywhere on Maui  let alone the West side. Arakawa said the development will also shorten lengthy commutes for people who work in West Maui, but currently can’t afford to live there.

“You’ll be able to raise your families here,” said Arakawa. “You’ll be able to have developed a real, quality lifestyle.”

Once the development is finished, it will feature three- and four-bedroom affordable single family homes, which range in size from about 1,100 to 1,600 square feet. Each home offers its residents 9-foot ceilings, along with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and tropical, plantation-style roofs.

Howie Kihune, a real estate agent for Island Sotheby’s International Realty, said that he hopes the project will serve as a model for future workforce housing developments in Maui. Kihune, who represents the developers, said the homes will show how workforce housing can blend into resort neighborhoods, while the residents support surrounding communities' economies.

“I truly believe that most families dream of some day owning their own home,” said Kihune. “Knowing that the opportunity exist where they can begin to plan for their families future housing needs as such projects come to fruition is very important for a healthy and stable community.”

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