KULA, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaiian Homes broke ground to celebrate the beginning of construction for the first phase of the Keokea-Waiohuli subdivision in Kula on Thursday.
The subdivision will be the future home for 46 Hawaiian Home Lands beneficiaries and their families.
"Today is an auspicious day as we celebrate this incredible opportunity for 46 Hawaiian homes beneficiaries," said Acting Governor Shan Tsutsui. "The Ige Administration understands the value of the Hawaiian homesteading program, and with the help of the Legislature, we were able to secure historic levels of State funding this year to support the DHHL as it strives to deliver more homesteads like these on Maui and across the state."
The State budget set aside $17.1 million for DHHL for fiscal year 2016 and $23.5 million for fiscal year 2017, nearly double the annual $9.6 million in general funds allocated to the DHHL in the past.
Construction is scheduled to be completed by April 2017, with home construction to follow.