Photo: Ka‘uluokaha‘i Groundbreaking
Left to right: Sen. Mike Gabbard (Senate District 21), Rep. Diamond Garcia (House District 42), Gerry Majkut (Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company President), Chair Kali Watson, Lieutenant Governor Sylvia Luke, Patty Kahanamoku-Teruya (Hawaiian Homes Commissioner), Mike Kamaka (Bowers+Kubota Consulting), Kahu Kordell Kekoa - Courtesy Photo

The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) conducted a groundbreaking ceremony on July 10 to mark the start of construction at Kaʻuluokahaʻi Increment II-C in East Kapolei.

On-site infrastructure for Increment II-C will be constructed by Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company, Inc. and will consist of 127 single-family residential lots across 23.9 acres. Each lot will be a minimum of 5,000 square feet.

“This dedication ceremony is not just about roads, pipes and structures; it is about creating pathways for dreams, building homes for families and fortifying the foundation of our community,” said Hawaiian Homes Commission Chair Kali Watson. “It is also about transforming what once was an idea and vision into a reality. A place where the roots of our beautiful culture can grow deeper, and our people can prosper.”

The project is set to come in at just over $29 million. A combined $22.7 million was appropriated by the legislature through SLH 2019, Act 40 and SLH 2020, Act 6. The Hawaiian Home Lands Trust funded the remaining $6.28 million.

Kaʻuluokahaʻi is a master-planned community being developed on a 404-acre parcel located on the ʻEwa Plains, ma uka of the ʻEwa Villages Golf Course and east of Kualakaʻi Parkway. Within the community, approximately 1,000 single-family house lots will be developed by DHHL.

Increment II-C is slated for completion in January 2025 with families to move in later that year.

Formally referred to as East Kapolei II, the project’s name, Kaʻuluokahaʻi, tells the story of Kahaʻi, a Tahitian chief who brought the first ʻulu tree to Oʻahu from Samoa. Kualakaʻi, the name of the north-south road, is a modification of Kaʻuluokahaʻi, the name of a fishing village at Nimitz Beach.

Diamond Badajos is the information and community relations officer for the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.