Board to hear land request
The state Board of Land and Natural Resources during its meeting Friday in Honolulu will consider a request to set aside more than 35 acres of state land in Kealakehe for the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corp. for “affordable housing and related purposes.”
The land is part of the Villages of Lai Opua, a planned community by HHFDC, according to a submittal filed with the Land Board.
The request comes a little more than a month after Mayor Harry Kim wrote to Suzanne Case, chairwoman of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, seeking a right of entry to a 5-acre portion of the parcel to create a homeless encampment.
After consulting with DLNR, HHFDC and the county, an agent with the Land Division said the most practical course of action is to set aside the parcel for the HHFDC, which can then work directly with the county.