`Ele`ele Iluna

107 More Affordable Homes For Kaua`i

Of all the work we could be doing, this project creates the most affordable homes for Kaua`i families in the least amount of time.

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What is `Ele`ele Iluna?

A new subdivision of affordable homes built by Kaua`i Habitat for Humanity and our Homeowner Families.

Kaua`i Habitat’s founder, the late LaFrance Kapaka-Arboleda, said that in Hawaiian, the meaning of `Ele`ele Iluna is “to rise up from the darkness.” With this in mind, our affiliate vows to equip Kauai’s hard-working families with the tools necessary to bring themselves out of the darkness and break the cycle of poverty, thus becoming agents of their own change, through our self-build program and team build philosophy.

Where is it?

Located between Kaumuali`i Highway and Halewili Road in `Ele`ele on the Island of Kaua`i.


Project Status

Phase I (18 houses): Completed in 2009.

Phase II (increments A and B): Final subdivision approval granted by the County of Kauai in September 2015

Phase II-A (48 lots):

  • Informational Meetings:
    • Held at various locations around the island from February-March 2014
  •  Infrastructure:
    • Initial infrastructure development completed in 2013 (sewer line installation, highway improvements, water main installation, detention basin construction).
    • Roadwork and grading completed in January 2015.
  • Homeowner Candidate Selection:
    • Lottery drawing and final applications submitted by Summer 2014
    • Loans for 12 homeowner candidates approved by USDA in September 2015
  • Home construction (first group of 12 homes)
    • pre-fabrication of walls at materials base yard completed Summer 2015
    • building permits submitted early October 2015
    • foundation work started October 2015
    • walls to be raised at each of 12 lots by late November 2015
    • roofing to begin by December 2015
    • expected completion of 12 houses by Spring 2016

How many houses will be built there?

There will be 107 more affordable homes built there by 2021 for a total of 125 homes.

How can I live there?

On Feb. 5, 2014, Kaua`i Habitat officials announced that those interested in homeownership in Eleele Iluna AND whose household income is between 30-60% of the Kaua`i median income are encouraged to call the office to register for one of our mandatory orientation meetings to be held at various locations from February through March. Get details from the full press release here:

Press Release 020514_KHFH announces mandatory orientation meetings for those interested in applying for homeownership in Eleele Iluna Subdivision

Also helpful for general information is our section on How to Become a Habitat Homeowner.

How can I help support this project?

Visit our Holomua Campaign page to see how you can help with a monetary contribution and/or contribution of goods and services. Sponsorship opportunities (house sponsorships and subdivision sponsorships) are also available. And of course, helping hands make lighter work. If you’d like to volunteer, please contact volunteer@kauaihabitat.org.

Read here about what the Kauai Board of REALTORS is doing to support this project!

Equal Housing Opportunity

equal-housing-opportunityWe are pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the Nation. We encourage and support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.