EWA BEACH (HawaiiNewsNow) - It doesn't look like much now, but some land in Ewa Beach will soon be filled with 192 affordable rental homes, as well as several courtyards, play areas for children and a multi-purpose community building.
Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle on Wednesday took part in a groundbreaking ceremony for the Villages of Moa`e Ku. Project officials say the development was designed specifically for low-income older adults and working families.
"We all know of the enormous price for paradise," Carlisle said. "So there is a desperate need for affordable housing and there will always be a desperate need for affordable housing."
The groundbreaking included a traditional Hawaiian blessing. The first phase of 64 apartments is expected to be completed next summer.
The developer is EAH Housing, one of the oldest non-profit developers in the western US.