Friday, May 10, 2013

Nanakuli Moving Slowly

NANAKULI, HI — Governor Neil Abercrombie and Hawaiian Homes Commission Chair Jobie Masagatani joined the Nanakuli Housing Corporation (NHC) to break ground on the first “Kawelo Cottage” built for Dustin & Sheena Barrett on their Hawaiian homestead in Nanakuli, Oahu.
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casts the shadow of our burden behind us."

The Kawelo Cottage is the realized dream of NHC’s late founder, Paige Kawelo Barber, whose vision was to create affordable housing for native Hawaiians. Under her direction NHCs vision was and is that every Native Hawaiian family will have a home.

Kimberly Marcos Pine, Jobie Masagatani, Governor Neil Abercrombie Dustin and Sheena Barrett join in untying the ceremonial maile at the entrance to their Hawaiian homestead lot where their old home will be demolished.
“Everyone here remains deeply committed to continue the work started by my mother Paige,” says Kapi'olani Barber, Executive Director at NHC. “I’m pleased to finally have this groundbreaking with our first Kawelo Cottage. These homes are uniquely designed for our community and everyone at NHC looks forward to assisting more families finance and build their new homes.”

Maybe they are all rich here and don't need help for housing.

The current Barrett home is nearly 50 years old and is scheduled for demolition. The aging home will be replaced by a 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom Kawelo Cottage, which will be built with the help of numerous volunteers engaging in the self-help housing model.

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