Farm­ers Now Own­ers At Poamoho

MidWeek Islander (Central Oahu) - - News -

month-to-month leases would end in 120 days and that their homes would be de­mol­ished as it redi­rected its ef­forts to more prof­itable pur­suits.

De­vel­oper Peter Savio of Hawai­ian Is­land Homes pur­chased the 63 homes and con­verted them to con­do­mini­ums to sell to the farm work­ers. Most of the 300 peo­ple liv­ing there were born and raised at the camp, Savio said, not­ing that all the ten­ants are con­tracted to buy the homes. The camp also es­tab­lished a “peck­ing or­der” of for­mer camp fam­i­lies for any houses not be­ing sold to a cur­rent ten­ant.

Savio, Mayor Mufi Han­ne­mann, First Hawai­ian Bank, ILWU and com­mu­nity mem­bers ar­ranged to help res­i­dents buy the homes fees­im­ple for an av­er­age price of $120,000 — less than half their cur­rent mar­ket price. The cor­rect per­mits and pa­per­work needed to be in place to make it hap­pen, he said.

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