The 202 houses in Kuikahi Village planned for Wailuku are approved by the council committee

Tiny houses are one of seven proposed house styles for Kuikahi Village in Wailuku. PC: Kuikahi Village

Calling it “innovative” and unique, a Maui County Council committee on Tuesday recommended approval for a 100% labor-intensive neighborhood in Wailuku that would include 202 diverse homes for sale – small houses to townhouses.

The Maui County Council’s Affordable Housing Committee voted 9-0 to recommend approval with modifications for Kuikahi Village, a project by Alaula Builders located on 14 acres of mauka off the Honoapi’ilani Freeway and adjacent to Kuʻikahi Drive. The land is owned by Kuikahi Properties LLC.

The village of Kuikahi is now heading to the full council, which has until October 14 to decide the fate of the project or it is automatically approved.

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A variety of homes would go to low-income, lower-to-moderate, moderate and upper-to-moderate buyers, which was welcomed by council members at Tuesday’s meeting. Listed sale prices start at $236,180 for the tiny homes and end at $754,400 for the four-bedroom, two-bathroom single-family residences.

“I just wanted to mahalo Mr. Carnicelli, Mr. Betsill, for bringing us a project that involved a lot of the different MAIs for our communities,” said board member Shane Sinenci. “I personally have never seen a project with so many different varieties, so I applaud this and hope we can look at other projects similar to this one.”

“It’s groundbreaking, and I hope other developers follow suit with this kind of blending,” Council Chair Alice Lee said. “As member Sinenci said, a nice variety of offerings to people in a pretty wide range of affordability.”

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The infill project would include seven types of homes: tiny homes, two-bedroom condos, three-bedroom condos, duplexes, townhouses, apartments (three-bedroom, two-bathroom townhouse with a studio below for a home-based business) homes and single-family homes.

Other neighborhood features include five parks with exercise equipment, walking and biking trails, shade trees, playground, pavilion, shade trees, and a 40-foot buffer along Kuʻikahi Drive.

The homes would be owner-occupied and would go to Maui resident buyers. No vacation rentals would be permitted. Several changes to the project were included on Tuesday.

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The village of Kuikahi received a finding of no significant impact earlier this year. He was required to complete an environmental assessment under state law because of his proposed use of county land for road improvements.

Led by President Doyle Betsill and Vice President Lawrence Carnicelli, Kahului-based Alaula Builders focuses on “durable, well-built homes” for Maui kamaʻaina. The company’s 100% labor projects include Hale Kaiola, which is moving forward in North Kihei, and Hale Waipu’ilani, which was recently shot down by the council.

“I thought it was a bit presumptuous when I made this slide to say the people of Maui are asking for it, but I’ve been touched by the support I’ve received, especially over the past six last few weeks,” Carnicelli said during Sept. 1. 1 Meeting of the Affordable Housing Committee on the village of Kuikahi. “I’m sorry for choking up so much, Mr. President, but this really puts my heart into this matter and I respectfully ask for your support.”

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