The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands broke ground Wednesday on a new 160-home subdivision, the first phase of a 404-acre master-planned community.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa joined other officials to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new 24.5-acre community known as Kauluokahai.

Department of Hawaiian Home Lands logo

Department of Hawaiian Home Lands logo

Courtesy of Department of Hawaiian Home Lands

“These homes not only represent an incredible opportunity for 160 Hawaiian Homes beneficiaries, but also a great opportunity for leveraging state monies with federal funds in a way that only our state department, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands can do,” Abercrombie said in a press release.

More than 70 percent of the project’s $11.59 million infrastructure price tag was funded through the federal Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act. The U.S. Department of Agriculture contributed an additional $3.7 million.

Infrastructure construction, which includes installing sewer lines and building roadways, is expected to start next month and finish in August 2015.

The completed master-planned community will include schools, a multi-purpose center, 800 single-family homes and another 1,000 multi-family homes.

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