In the mid-sixties, Maui County leaders provided momentum to form a private, nonprofit housing corporation, Hale Mahaolu, which qualifies for the federal Section 202 program, which helps expand the supply of affordable housing with supportive services for the elderly.
Since 1967, Hale Mahaolu has developed nearly a dozen elderly housing locales and two family centers across Maui County in areas such as Central Maui, Makawao, Lahaina, Lāna‘i City and Moloka‘i.
According to Eileen Miranda of Hale Mahaolu, Phase 1A of the Kīhei campus is three years old, and Phase 1B—which includes the senior center and day care center—was near completion until vandals torched it in October 2009.
Gov. Linda Lingle (second from left) is greeted by culturist Kimokeo Kapahulehua (left) at the new Hale Mahaolu Ehiku in Kīhei, while she admired the sculpture, Dreamforce Hawai‘i, that artist Will Herrera and his wife Sally Fox-Herrera donated. Visit www.willherrera.com to learn more about Dreamforce’s significance.
Photo: Trisha Smith
Hale Mahaolu Executive Director Roy K. Katsuda said he is thrilled to open their “most comprehensive affordable housing campus” in Kīhei and is looking forward to completing the second phase of the remaining 60 living units, which are expected to open in January.
At Ehiku, there are 114 one-bedroom units, one manager’s unit, one workforce housing unit, the Harry & Jeannette Weinberg South Maui Senior Center and the South Maui Adult Day Care Center, and a building that includes offices, laundry facilities, a salon, conference room, dental office and project management spaces.
The live-in and supportive facility provides seniors with a variety of cultural, recreational, education and social services to the residents and surrounding community. According to Hale Mahaolu, this fosters aging in place within familiar surroundings and delays and/or prevents premature institutionalizations.
Enjoy “pleasant living” at Hale Mahaolu Ehiku, located on the corner of East (Old) Welakahao Road and Līloa Drive, just down the street from the Hope Chapel in Kīhei. Call 891-8588 for more information on housing, and contact 871-5804 to learn more about adult day care.