Kūkulu I Nā Hale ʻOhana Makepono is an NHC project made possible through a grant from the Administration for Native Americans (ANA). This three-year project designed affordable, environmentally friendly, modular housing for native Hawaiian families. Our goal is to build affordable, green homes, designed by Native Hawaiians for Native Hawaiians.
The geographic isolation and limited land area in Hawaiʻi, drive up the cost of building a home here, putting the dream of owning a home far beyond the reach of many families. The median home price in Hawaiʻi is $700,000 over triple the mainland house prices.
Under the ANA grant, NHC worked with 100 low to moderate income native Hawaiian families to create model home plans for 2,3, and 4 bedroom homes. The families requested open environments in the homes that combined the kitchen, dining, and living areas. They also wanted open lanai areas, designs that could accommodate multigenerational families and homes that could be easily expanded. Green elements intended to reduce the overall carbon footprint include solar water heating, skylights, photovoltaic cells and clotheslines. These features have been included In plans for Kawelo Cottages, named for our founder, Paige Kawelo Barber. The plans also provide flexibility to accommodate each home’s site conditions and allow for placement of rooms to take advantage of Hawaiʻi’s trade winds and sunlight.
These homes range in price from $140,000 to $360,000. NHC's priority in its design was to build an affordable home with quality infrastructure products, like laminated floor joints and low- E windows. With proper maintenance our homes will last for generations.
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Take a look at NHC's first Kawelo Cottage completed in 2013
Last Updated 9/22/2016