PHASE 2: Puʻuhonua O Waiʻanae


Some said it was a pipe dream, but it's now certain that the 250 residents of the largest and oldest houseless community on Oʻahu are going to be able to buy 20 acres of private land in Waiʻanae. Mahalo nui loa for the hundreds of people around the world who made our Phase 1 fundraising campaign a success!

Now, it's time for Phase 2: raising funds for infrastructure like roads, and building communal structures like the Hale Noa, bathrooms and community kitchen.

As far as we know, no other houseless community has ever done this. What made us think we could pull it off? For the past 12 years, Puʻuhonua O Waiʻanae has provided transitional and permanent shelter for hundreds of people who have found themselves without a roof over their heads. 

- For the leaders of Puʻuhonua O Waiʻanae, taking care of their community isn't just a job. It's their personal purpose and, as houseless themselves, their home so they go above and beyond to build community and find community-based solutions

- Puʻuhonua O Waiʻanae leaders are connected with and trusted by the Police, service providers and area residents

- Their relationships go deep in Waiʻanae. Many of them grew up here. As fixtures of the community they know who to call and how to get things done

- They believe in "community first", not "housing first" or "shelters first". By prioritizing the whole person and relationships, Puʻuhonua O Waiʻanae leaders are more successful than traditional approaches in creating environments where the houseless can not only survive, but thrive

The communal structures built in Phase 2 will be a direct reflection of Puʻuhonua O Waiʻanae's "community first" approach. First of all, they will keep costs extraordinarily low. Communal facilities mean we won't pay to run water and sewage across acres of land for kitchens and bathrooms in every residence. And more importantly, when residents cook and eat together, and work together to maintain their facilities, it builds the bonds of community.

Some said that we would never be able to raise the money to even buy our own land, but we proved them wrong.

We can't wait to break ground and show them our buildings—which will be as beautiful as the people who live their lives in and around them.
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