Mo’olelo – Our Story

The Nãnãkuli Housing Corporation’s (NHC) origins go back to 1989, when residents created the not for profit organization to improve their community by refurbishing homes that had fallen into disrepair.  Between 1990 and 1996, NHC delivered more than $400,000 in low interest home repair loans, created neighborhood clean-up campaigns and inspired neighbors to help neighbors make home improvements, removed abandoned cars and participated in one of the first visioning sessions on the Wai`anae Coast.

The vision emanating from Nãnãkuli grew larger and brighter and in 1999, the organization, building on its strong community support, enlisted the help of financial institutions, other community organizations and government agencies, including the Department of Hawaiian Homelands (DHHL), with an eye towards helping native Hawaiians own their own homes.  An innovative and successful pilot program was launched to educate DHHL land awardees on the islands of O`ahu, Hawai’i and Maui about home ownership.

In 2003 as part of an Empower Oahu grant, NHC partnered with the Pacific Gateway Center to train 13 low to moderate income individuals to begin their own handyman business.  Many of those individuals have since become employed by the carpenter’s union, but two continue to pursue the businesses they established as a part of the program.

NHC has more than eight years experience in culturally based education and training of low to moderate income native families in homeownership and financial literacy.  Our success rate of qualifying families for a mortgage loan has increased from 10 to 40% over that time. In 2002 NHC was presented with a Best Practices Award from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. In 2007 NHC joined the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands Home Ownership Assistance Program (HOAP).

NHC has provided culturally based self help home repair training to low to moderate income families since early 2005 and has trained and assisted 200 families in their home projects.

Today, NHC has two sites to carry out its programs – Baseyard Hawai’i at Sand Island and our Training Center at Kalaeloa.  We continue pursuing our vision through integrated programs that promote financial literacy and homeownership


Training Center at Kalaeloa


Baseyard Hawaii at Sand Island