Kukui Garden Tenants Fear Shake-up With Deal to Preserve Affordable Homes - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Kukui Garden Tenants Fear Shake-up With Deal to Preserve Affordable Homes

Carol Anzai Carol Anzai

By Mari-Ela David

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- There are fears among low-income tenants at one of the largest affordable housing projects in Hawaii. The state has already stepped in to make sure no one gets displaced, but tenants are still worried they'll lose their homes.

It has been more than a year since tenants sealed a deal to preserve half of Kukui gardens. But they say they haven't seen any progress since.

The 22-acre affordable housing complex is now split in half. The state bought one side, mainland developer Carmel Partners bought the other.

To prevent anyone from becoming homeless, non-profit EAH Housing is supposed to build at least 200 more affordable units on the state-owned side. That way, those on Carmel's property have a place to go.

"They're not talking about developing units, and that's what the concern is. People are very uneasy, especially the elders because, no homes, where are they going to go?" said Tenant Association President Carol Anzai.

Time is ticking. Within the next three to five years, Carmel will transform its property into a mixed-use residential, retail and office complex. The affordable units will disappear.

"The Governor's office and EAH, please do your best to start these units because otherwise it's going to be so bad for people, so they have to push on it," said Anzai.

A push tenants say is critical, for the sake of preventing seniors and low-income families from losing their homes.

Calls to EAH were not returned Thursday. But a group involved with the battle to preserve Kukui Gardens, Faith Action for Community Equity, or FACE, says EAH has agreed to meet with tenants more frequently to address concerns.

Job Link 8 Featured Jobs
  • Hawaii News Now headlinesNewsMore>>

  • UN: Excessive drinking killed over 3 million people in 2016

    UN: Excessive drinking killed over 3 million people in 2016

    Saturday, September 22 2018 2:20 PM EDT2018-09-22 18:20:51 GMT
    Tuesday, September 25 2018 11:34 AM EDT2018-09-25 15:34:24 GMT
    (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan, FILE). FILE- In this Nov. 27, 2012 file photo, a customer checks bottles of imported wine at a supermarket in Beijing. The World Health Organization said in a report published Friday Sept. 21, 2018,  that drinking too much ...(AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan, FILE). FILE- In this Nov. 27, 2012 file photo, a customer checks bottles of imported wine at a supermarket in Beijing. The World Health Organization said in a report published Friday Sept. 21, 2018, that drinking too much ...
    The World Health Organization says that drinking too much alcohol killed more than 3 million people in 2016, mostly men.More >>
    The World Health Organization says that drinking too much alcohol killed more than 3 million people in 2016, mostly men.More >>
  • Critical crash closes Kamehameha Highway in Waiahole

    Critical crash closes Kamehameha Highway in Waiahole

    Tuesday, September 25 2018 11:11 AM EDT2018-09-25 15:11:59 GMT
    (Image: Hawaii News Now)(Image: Hawaii News Now)
    (Image: Hawaii News Now)(Image: Hawaii News Now)
    Kamehameha Highway is closed in both directions at Waiahole Homestead Road, the state Department of Transportation said. Authorities are responding to a critical crash involving a pedestrian. This story will be updated. Copyright 2018 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.More >>
    Kamehameha Highway is closed in both directions at Waiahole Homestead Road, the state Department of Transportation said. Authorities are responding to a critical crash involving a pedestrian. This story will be updated. Copyright 2018 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Bye bye bugs? Scientists fear non-pest insects are declining

    Bye bye bugs? Scientists fear non-pest insects are declining

    Thursday, September 20 2018 1:19 AM EDT2018-09-20 05:19:36 GMT
    Tuesday, September 25 2018 10:45 AM EDT2018-09-25 14:45:54 GMT
    (AP Photo/Don Ryan). FILE - In this May 26, 2010 file photo, a Coccinellidae, more commonly known as a ladybug or ladybird beetle, rests on the petals of a rose in Portland, Ore. A study estimates a 14 percent decline in ladybugs in the United States a...(AP Photo/Don Ryan). FILE - In this May 26, 2010 file photo, a Coccinellidae, more commonly known as a ladybug or ladybird beetle, rests on the petals of a rose in Portland, Ore. A study estimates a 14 percent decline in ladybugs in the United States a...

    Scientists are noticing fewer and fewer moths, ladybugs, fireflies and butterflies, but they can't quite quantify what's happening to flying insects because they never measured how many bugs there used to be.

    More >>

    Scientists are noticing fewer and fewer moths, ladybugs, fireflies and butterflies, but they can't quite quantify what's happening to flying insects because they never measured how many bugs there used to be.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly