HAWAIIAN PARADISE PARK, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - Work has begun to turn a one-acre plot in Hawaiian Paradise Park into the island's second village for eruption evacuees.
So far, the Connect Point Church has raised enough money to build 10 tiny homes. They are 10-foot by 12-foot units — exactly like the ones that volunteers put up over the weekend on land leased by Hope Services Hawaii off Pahoa Village Road.
The land off Kaloli Drive, where the second set of homes is being built, belongs to the church.
Pastor Dion Maeda says that right now, he's asking the community for donations to go towards more units and utility installation costs.
"There's no water so we'll have to put in a water catchment system," Maeda said. "There's no power there so we're either looking at a generator or getting temporary power from the county."
The group's goal is to have the project complete in the next month.
"We're hoping this will be the first pilot project for the faith community side," said Maeda. "We're all sort of pooling our resources together to see how we can do this."
Maeda says the Church of Latter Day Saints and the Episcopal church have also pledged funds to build additional villages.