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Newly renovated Mō‘ili‘ili apartment buildings welcome first residents

Kolo Village Vision: To transform Kolo Village into a kauhale, a small community within Mōʻiliʻili, in which residents feel safe, enjoy the company of their neighbors and take advantage of the proximity to UH Mānoa and the town of Mōʻiliʻili.

Kolo Village - A kauhale in Mōʻiliʻili

Second only to the importance of developing a sense of community was the desire to infuse Native Hawaiian landscaping into the development wherever possible.

Kamehameha Schools announced today that renovations at Kolo Village are complete and ready for occupancy.

Using plans and designs by Hawaii Architecture, contractor Designer Built Systems started the $6.6 million rehabilitation of six severely deteriorating buildings in March.

“Kolo Village is definitely the only place within the Mō‘ili‘ili area with upgraded amenities. It’s the perfect style for me,” said Eugenie Kitekeiaho, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa student majoring in marketing and new resident of Kolo Village. “It now provides us students with a safer environment.”

Upgrades to the kauhale – the traditional term for a cluster of homes – include amenities such as on-site laundry facilities, privacy fencing, enhanced lighting designs, living walls, pet-friendly stations and communal barbecue and lounge areas with outdoor furniture.

"We hope these renovations will enhance this university neighborhood and create a sense of safety and community, and a place people are attracted to," said Cathy Camp, area development director for Kamehameha Schools. “Starting at $1,200, rent prices fall within 80 to 100 percent of area median income per the federal affordability guidelines, which we believe might attract more young professionals, university constituents and others wishing to live near the university.”

Since 2010, Kamehameha Schools completed renovations of three similar buildings in the immediate vicinity: Rainbow Vista, Kolo Place (phase I), and Malu Lani – formerly known as Kirin Apartments.

The 69 units renovated at Kolo Village increases the total of fully refurbished rental units in the university neighborhood to 142.

For information on leasing, prospective tenants may contact Frank Rodriguez, of Prudential Locations, at (808) 738-3118 or

About Kamehameha Schools

Kamehameha Schools is a private, educational, charitable trust founded and endowed by the legacy of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop. Kamehameha Schools operates a statewide educational system enrolling over 6,900 students of Hawaiian ancestry at K-12 campuses on O`ahu, Maui and Hawai`i and 30 preschool sites statewide. Over 40,400 additional Hawaiian learners and caregivers are served each year through a range of other Kamehameha Schools’ outreach programs, community collaborations and financial aid opportunities in Hawai`i and across the continental United States. Income generated from its Hawai`i real estate and diverse investment portfolio fund the Schools’ educational mission almost entirely. For more information, please visit

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