Kamaoku is a “Kauhale” or “small village” housing project, which leverages funding from the Ohana Zone program, Hawaii Public Housing Authority (HPHA), and Hawaii Department of Human Services. The Kamaoku program consists of 39 tiny home structures located on HPHA land, which is leased to U.S. Vets for the operation of the program. In addition to the housing units, Kamaoku includes a community building that will provide community bathrooms, showers, a kitchen, and meeting space for the residents. Ohana Zone funds support rental subsidies and a portion of operating costs for the project.
Kamaoku was spearheaded by Hawaii Lieutenant Governor Josh Green in partnership with HomeAid Hawaii and leveraged in-kind support from a broad network of volunteers. The program is based on a similar project on the Community First! Village in Austin, Texas and Puuhonua O Waianae houseless community that emphasizes a community-focused model of housing. The housing units at Kamaoku are each approximately 100 square feet in size with a lanai area of approximately 40 square feet, and were assembled on-site and presented as ‘turn key’ ready for occupancy.
The project is anticipated to open in Fall 2021.