DHHL breaks ground on Hanapēpē Phase II; 82 new homes to be created by 2024

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From left, Len Dempsey (Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co.), Claudine Allen (HUD Honolulu), Dana Hazelton (Gov. Green’s Kauaʻi Representative), Chairman Kali Watson (Hawaiian Homes Commission), Hawaiʻi state Rep. Dee Morikawa (House District 17), Kauaʻi Commissioner Dennis Neves (Hawaiian Homes Commission).

The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands broke ground Wednesday to mark the beginning of the Hanapēpē Phase II housing project on Kauaʻi’s west side, where 82 single-family residential lots will be developed on a location of more than 28 acres.

The homestead’s Phase I consists of 47 residential lots. Both phases are part of a nearly 350-acre parcel identified as one of three priority areas for new residential and agricultural homestead developments on the Garden Isle.

Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. will start work on the project in September, with it expected to be finished in November 2024.


“This project ensures that more of our ‘ohana will weave their stories into the tapestry of this cherished community,” said Hawaiian Homes Commission Chairman Kali Watson. “Each plot of land here is not merely a piece of earth; it’s a testament to hope, growth, and a brighter future for our homesteading families. As families settle here, they don’t just receive a house; they become part of a home brimming with laughter, love, and memories that will stand the test of time.”

The Hawaiʻi State Legislature appropriated $17.8 million for the construction of infrastructure and site improvements at Hanapēpē Phase II.

“We commend the Hawai‘i State Legislature and DHHL for investing in West Kaua‘i, which will ultimately provide hundreds of homes for families,” said Kaua‘i County Mayor Derek Kawakami. “Housing is a top priority for our administration, and we remain on track to break ground on 400 new affordable housing units this year, including development on the Westside at Lima Ola in ‘Ele‘ele.”

  • Individuals gather for the groundbreaking ceremony on Hanapēpē Phase II on Kauaʻi’s west side. (Image courtesy of DHHL).
  • The project will create 82 single-family residential lots will be developed across more than 28-acres in West Kauai. (Image courtesy of DHHL).

The Hanapēpē homestead community is envisioned as DHHL’s largest residential and agricultural community on Kauaʻi. The site includes some of the most fertile agricultural lands within DHHL’s holdings and its location near Hanapēpē town makes it an attractive location for homestead development.

Upon completion, the Hanapēpē Homestead Community is planned to include a total of 440 new residential lots and up to 111 new subsistence agricultural lots. Commercial and community spaces, as well as undeveloped and conservation lands are included in the master plan.

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