A special blessing and groundbreaking in Kalaeloa took place on May 21 as Hunt, joined by special guests from the Hawaii Community Development Authority and community members, marked a milestone – the first step in preparing the area for the future VA ALOHA Care Clinic and Gentry Homes, From left to right: Jinny Cheung (Hunt Hawaii), Thomas Lee (Hunt Hawaii), Paul Kay (Hunt Hawaii), Steve Colon (Hunt Hawaii), Shirley Swinney (HCDA Kalaeloa), Matt Healke (Goodfellow Bros.
A first step in preparing Kalaeloa for future development took place today as Hunt Companies held a groundbreaking ceremony near Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) Avenue and Boxer Road. The area is the future site of two upcoming catalytic projects—the recently announced state-of-the-art Veterans Affairs (VA) clinic and the building of nearly 400 new homes by local homebuilder, Gentry Homes.
“Today marks the culmination of years of work and affirms our commitment to Kalaeloa’s history and our investment in its future,” said Steve Colón, President, Hunt Development Group, Hawaiʻi. “After many community meetings and meaningful conversations, we are excited to continue the revitalization of this region that will be a place for local residents to live, work, and play.”
Hunt is investing more than $40 million into infrastructure improvements in the Kalaeloa area ahead of development over the next couple of years. Upon completion, the 88,675 square-foot Advanced Leeward Outpatient Healthcare Access (ALOHA) project will be a multi-specialty VA clinic that will provide primary, mental health, x-ray, laboratory, diagnostic, pharmacy, and specialty care for the area’s veterans.
Hunt is also working with Gentry Homes to develop a new community of nearly 400 homes in the area. The first of the multi-family attached units and 130 single-family detached homes are expected to be completed in 2023.
The first phase of construction will result in significant area road improvements. These improvements are planned to begin this summer and will continue over the next two years. Traffic will be impacted in and around Barbers Point Elementary School. Hunt Companies has been working with school officials, elected officials, and area residents to minimize impact and ensure safety and accessibility.