Local Connection: Housing Solutions

Local Connection: Housing Solutions

We've often complained about government's failure to look to the ingenuity and expertise of the business community for solutions to Hawaii's challenges.

Last week prominent businessman Duane Kurisu showed how he can turn two hundred second-hand modular houses into a plantation style affordable village.

It would be built near Keehi Lagoon…which is already the site of an illegal and unofficial village of homeless people.

The city is contributing money for infrastructure while the state offers the land.

Kurisu doesn't have to do this. He is independently wealthy with many successful businesses in his family of companies.

But he never forgot about his own humble roots growing up in plantation camps on the Big Island.

Another man with similar roots who also is giving back is Stanford Carr.  He has mastered the    3-D tic-tac-toe of government and private financing to build high-quality affordable homes for hundreds of people.

It's unfortunate that these men have to bang on the doors of government to be accepted as part of the solution.  We salute them for their contribution and we urge all government officials to be more open to others like them.

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