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Hawaiian Modular Housing Advances

July 20th, 2017 Comments off

HawiianModularHousingProjectBeginsCreditHPR-DailyBusinessNewsManufacturedModularHomeNewsResearchReportsMHProNewsKahau’iki Village is shaping up as all-too-rare collaboration of state, county and private sector parties coming together to provide affordable housing for those in the community who are struggling.

It’s a dream come true, hopefully, for those who maybe felt powerless and disenfranchised.  We want children to see a brighter future for themselves and to live with dignity,” said Duane Kurisu, founder of non-profit aio Foundation.

After two years in the works Kahau’iki Village in Honolulu, Hawaii is finally ready to break ground and hopefully have their first affordable modular homes available to families and individuals in need by the end of the year, per Hawaii Public Radio.


Duane Kurisu, credit, Business Journal.

We took the land from the state through an executive order and then we leased it to aio Foundation at a dollar a year.  And then we contributed $3.6 million in terms of infrastructure improvement, sewer lines, water lines.  And we put it in for them.  And we’re ready to do even more can do more to make sure this is a complete and absolute success,” said Kurisu.


Plot of modular project, credit, Business Journal.

The 13-acre plot of land between Ke’ehi Lagoon Park and Sand Island will soon be home for many families who are trying to find an affordable place to live after transitional shelters. With the growing number of homeless in the area this solution was needed.


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We are looking for families who are motivated.  Who are working.  We are looking right now for the ones with younger children, you know, more so.  But anybody who’s very motivated.  We want them to have a chance,” said Connie Mitchell, executive director of the Institute for Human Services.


The modular units are being reused and are the same ones that previously housed victims of the 2011 tsunami in Japan. Once they are placed in Kahau’iki Village they will become permanent one- and two-bedroom plantation style homes that are expected to rent for $725 a month for one a bedroom and $900 a month for a two bedroom – including all utilities and a Wi-Fi connection.

We want children to see a brighter future for themselves and to live with dignity.”

The first 30 units should be ready for move-in by the end of the year, if all goes well. Their goal is to have at least 100 people living in Kahau’iki Village by the middle of 2018, according to Hawaii News Now.

Eventually, the village will be able to house around 800 people or more, which will include both individuals and families in need.

This is a great example of a community coming together to help those who need it most – and doing so in the way that would be most affordable to those who will benefit from it.


Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell added, “We’re hoping, as this moves forward, we’ll learn from it and then we’ll look to duplicate it in other parts of our community.”

As long-time, regular readers of Daily Business News know, this is not the first time that Hawaiians and the city of Honolulu specifically has turned to factory built housing to solve the homelessness epidemic. In 2015 we reported on a plan that brought in  25 shipping containers turned into housing. In 2016 we reported on their plans to use modular housing as well – which included 2- and 3-bedroom units that rented for $950-$1050 per month.

Kahau’iki Village the latest step in that state’s efforts to use modular housing, as they strive to ensure that there is more affordable housing available. # #

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First Modular Homes Arrive for Homeless in Hawaii

October 19th, 2015 Comments off

honolulu_modular_container_units_for_homeless__group_70_international_city_county_of_honoluluUpdating a story MHProNews posted Aug. 19, 2015, regarding modular containers for homeless people in Honolulu, the initial two containers, both Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant, were sited at Hale Mauliola, according to khon2.

The first of 25 planned for Sand Island, they are made from new shipping containers, and each has a programmable combination lock on the door, insulation, and screen doors and windows. It’s a pilot project and if it’s fully used, then we may expand,” said Eduardo Manglallan, deputy director, Department of Facility Maintenance. “We can expand, because we have five acres here that we leased from the state. We only used one acre up to now. It’s manned 24/7 and once (Institute for Human Services) becomes operational, there will be one more security guard just roaming this place.” The Institute for Human Services is the designated provider of intake services, the program office and case management.

It is anticipated the first nine modular containers will be sited by Oct. 30, and the remainder will be operational by the end of the year. Residents are expected to begin moving in next month. ##

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Modular Container Units will House Homeless in Honolulu

August 19th, 2015 Comments off

honolulu_modular_container_units_for_homeless__group_70_international_city_county_of_honoluluFollowing a story MHProNews published June 2, 2015, regarding modular shelters made of shipping containers for homeless people in Honolulu, the city has awarded a contract to Container Storage of Hawaii, Ltd. for the eventual 63 housing units.

The $523,517 contract will provide housing for up to 83 people by the end of the year, with the first phase scheduled for completion in October. Twenty of the modular units will be for couples, 39 for individuals and four of the units will be Americans with Disabilities Act compliant.

The Hale Mauliola transitional housing and services center at Sand Island, set on one acre, will include an intake center, program office and case management through the Institute of Human Services as well as 24-hour security and staffing.

Each individual modular unit will be lockable, offering privacy to residents, according to staradvertiser. The units will be kept cool using reflective exterior coating, insulation, screen shade over roofs, screen doors and screen windows. Showers, bathrooms and dining areas will be included on site. ##

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Attack on State Rep. Hastens Contract for Modular Housing

July 2nd, 2015 Comments off

MODS intern'l mktng   modularcatastrophic housing units  fox6now  creditFollowing a story MHProNews last reported on June 23, 2015 regarding proposed container units modified into modular housing for homeless residents of Honolulu, Mayor Kirk Caldwell had refused to sign a budget because funding for the program was not provided.

As staradvertiser reports, in the aftermath of the assault on state Rep. Tom Brower June 29, 2015 by two young men at a growing homeless camp in the Kakaako area of Honolulu, the city is awarding a contact July 2 to operate the Hale Mouliola modular housing pilot project in Sand Island. There has been a three-fold increase in crime since last fall in tents occupied by the homeless.

In addition, the city also intends to award a contract for a community assistance program that will reach out to mentally ill homeless residents.

According to hawaiinewsnow, Brower was filming the two young men without their permission. When they asked him to stop he refused, and they allegedly attacked him, which resulted in a concussion for which he was treated at a hospital and released. Brower made national headlines in 2013 when he demolished abandoned grocery carts that homeless people used to carry their belongings with a sledgehammer. ##

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Shipping Containers will become Modular Housing for the Homeless in Hawaii

June 2nd, 2015 Comments off

hawaii helps the homeless  hawaiinewsnow  modular units from sea cansA plan to modify 25 shipping containers into modular housing units that would each be subdivided into three or four living spaces of 40 to 53 square feet to house the homeless in Oahu, Hawaii has been announced by Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

The aim is to provide temporary living space for up to two months for as many as 100 people, and then transition them into a more permanent facility, according to hawaiinewsnow.

Each unit will include windows, a lockable door, and portable lighting and will be free to those who qualify. A separate unit will offer private bathroom facilities and electric outlets. The residents at the new facility–called Hale Mauliola in honor of the Hawaiian goddess of health and well-being—will be required to go through a standardized intake and assessment process to determine their needs, and work with a case manager to transition them out of homelessness.

The $2 million project includes $500,000 to convert the shipping containers into modular housing, and $1.5 million for support services. MHProNews has learned the city intends to have the facility operational by the fall. ##

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NAHB: Housing Numbers Showing Modest Rise

April 8th, 2014 Comments off

Statistics from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) indicate modest improvement this month over March, and anticipates a traditional, solid, spring home-buying season. Based on employment, permits and price data, the NAHB/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI) reports 28 percent of metro areas experienced a rise in their score this month, and 83 percent saw a rise within the last year. Baton Rouge, LA tops the list of large metro LMI areas, has learned, followed by Honolulu, Oklahoma City, Austin and Houston, Texas, San Jose, CA. and Harrisburg, PA. Smaller metro areas with strong LMIs are centered around energy exploration sites such as Odessa and Midland, Texas, and western North Dakota. ##

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Housing Market Gradually Picks up Steam

January 8th, 2014 Comments off

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI), which recently replace NAHB’s improving market index (IMI), indicates markets in 56 of the 350 major metro markets returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic activity, indicating a net gain of two over the previous month. Based on current permits, prices and employment data, LMI data for December indicates the nationwide market is operating at 86 percent of normal economic and housing activity. Says NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe, “Forty-five percent of metro areas are recovering at a faster pace than the nation as a whole, with smaller markets leading the way. Of the 56 markets that are at or above normal levels, 48 of them have populations that are less than 500,000, and many of these local metros are fueled by a strong energy sector, which is producing solid job and economic growth.”

MHProNews has learned Baton Rouge, Louisiana is the top large metro area with an LMI of 1.42—42 percent above its last normal market level, followed by Honolulu, Oklahoma City, Austin and Houston, Texas, and Harrisburg and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Kurt Pfotenhauer, vice chairman of First American Title Insurance Co., which co-sponsors the LMI report, adds, “More than 35 percent of all the markets on this month’s LMI are operating at a capacity of 90 percent or better of previous norms, which is a good sign that the housing recovery will continue to pick up steam in 2014.”

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Index Notes Uptick in Housing Market

October 8th, 2013 Comments off

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI) reports 52 out of 350 housing markets have returned to pre-recessionary levels of activity. Based on current housing permits, prices and employment data, the nationwide housing market is running at 85 percent of normal activity. MHProNews has learned Baton Rouge, LA, Honolulu, Austin and Houston, Texas, Oklahoma City and Harrisburg, PA top the list in exceeding previous norms. “The housing markets of 118 metros scored by the LMI this month show activity levels of at least 90 percent of their previous norms – a very encouraging sign of things to come,” said Kurt Pfotenhauer, vice chairman of First American Title Insurance Co., which co-sponsors the LMI report.

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Asking Prices on the Rise

June 10th, 2013 Comments off

The nationalmortgagenews informs MHProNews the asking price for homes has risen 9.5 percent May 2012 to May 2013, according to the Trulia Price Monitor, with increases in 98 of 100 largest metro markets. By removing foreclosures from the equation, it jumps to 10.5 percent; but on a seasonally-adjusted basis prices have increased 1.1 percent above April. With eight of the ten least affordable markets posting double digit gains in asking prices, people in those markets may look to relocate to less expensive areas. Honolulu, the least affordable market, had a year-over-year rise of 13 percent, while Oakland, Calif. saw the largest price increase at 31 percent.

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Renting Vs. Buying

June 27th, 2012 Comments off

MarketWatch reports the U.S. Census Bureau says American homeownership fell from 66% to 65% in Q1 2012, the lowest point in 15 years, especially noteworthy because historically spring marks the home buying season. At its peak in 2004 it was 69%. Dan McCue of Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, noting the number of single-family rentals increased two million from 2006 to 2010, says, “One third of all rentals are single-family homes.” Although rents are expected to rise four percent this year, the cost of renting is $500 to $1000 less than buying a home. The report, as MHProNews has learned, notes five markets where it is less expensive to rent than to buy: Northern New Jersey, Long Island, New York, California, Seattle, and Honolulu.

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