KFVE TV – EAH Housing breaks ground on Villages of Moa’e Ku – 192 Affordable Apartments

EAH Housing Ewa Villages of Moae KuPublic/Private Partnership Provides Local Jobs and Much Needed Affordable Housing in Ewa

Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle recently joined EAH Housing in a ground breaking ceremony for Phase I of Villages of Moa’e Ku, a new housing development designed specifically for low- and very low-income working families in Ewa Beach. Villages of Moa’e Ku will provide 192 apartment homes in a convenient setting, close to the Ewa Elementary School, shopping centers, and Ewa Beach parks.

Here’s the KFVE TV coverage of the event:

“The Villages of Moa’e Ku will create new affordable housing opportunities to help ensure that our families, their children, and future generations are able to call Hawai’i home,” said Mayor Peter Carlisle. “With so many of our families and senior residents unable to pay the high cost of housing, it is crucial that organizations, like EAH Housing/Hui Kauhale, continue to partner with the public and private sectors to expand the inventory of affordable housing in communities throughout our island. I commend EAH Housing/Hui Kauhale, our partners in the state and federal governments, and the Ewa community for their perseverance and dedication to realizing this exciting and much needed project.”

EAH Housing partnered with a variety of local, state, and federal agencies to build Villages of Moa’e Ku. This development represents the fulfillment of the City and County of Honolulu’s vision to develop affordable rental housing for working families in the Ewa area. As the first financial participant in the Villages project, the City provided a vital $5.5 million acquisition loan comprised of city and federal funds that enabled EAH Housing/Hui Kauhale, Inc. to purchase the entire 24 acre building site.

Pictured: At the ceremony Kumu Hula Blaine Kamalani Kia (seated, left) blessed the site and used a traditional O’o stick to turn the ground where the community will be established.



Pictured above: (Honolulu City Councilmember Tom Berg, Craig Luke from R.M. Towill, Housing Board Chair Judy Binsacca, State Senator Will Espero, EAH Housing President and CEO Mary Murtagh, Mayor Peter Carlisle, EAH Housing Vice President Kevin Carney, Director of Real Estate Development, Hawaii at EAH Housing Marian Gushiken, State Senator Rita Cabanilla, Jay Manzano from Unlimited Construction, Kurt Mitchell from Kober Hanssen Mitchell, Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corp. Executive Director Karen Seddon, and Leonard Leong from Royal Contracting. At the Villages of Moa’e Kū Ground Breaking in Ewa, HI. July 13, 2011. Photo by Ric Noyle.)