Recently, Servco Home and Appliance Distribution (SHAD) had an opportunity to get involved in addressing the homeless issue on Oahu. Many of the Team Servco members who work in the Mapunapuna area may have noticed structures being built on a former paintball field at the end of the Nimitz viaduct. These houses will eventually become Kahauiki Village, the brainchild of Duane Kurisu, founder of the AIO Group. Kahauiki is an affordable, plantation-style community designed for homeless families. Duane worked with the State, City, and the private sector to turn this dirt field into what will become a community for over 600 people. Kahauiki Village will be built on the generosity of many in the construction industry, including SHAD.
The structures being assembled were originally used in Japan to provide housing to families who lost their homes in the 2015 Fukushima earthquake, and were shipped here to form the basis of the village. While others are providing labor and materials to complete each home, SHAD will be donating refrigerators, ranges, and hoods to the project. We received special pricing from GE and Broan and will make our deliveries in early November, followed by the first families moving in before the end of the year. The project is expected to be completed by the middle of 2018.