Anahola Hawaiian Homestead Association
The Anahola Hawaiian Homestead Association (AHHA), founded in 1982 and a member of the Sovereign Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations (SCHHA) held a project meeting on the status of its Anahola Sports Complex initiative on Hawaiian Home Lands.
Kipukai Kualii, President of Anahola Hawaiian Homestead Association, opened the meeting by thanking fellow homestead board members for advancing a recreation economy on Hawaiian Home Lands in Northeast Kauai. “The Anahola Sports Complex consists of three baseball fields, two gymnasiums with weight rooms, a running track, skate park, sand volleyball courts and a rodeo arena,” Kualii said. “When built, this is a game changer for us as Native Hawaiians, but all of Kauai in pursuing a new economic model around a recreation economy that serves our local kamaaina greatly, and also visitors from interisland and off island to sporting events.”
The project is based on the planning process by the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) that resulted in the 2010 Anahola Regional Plan. Anahola Hawaiian Homestead Association and many Anahola residents participated in the plan more than a decade ago. Anahola Hawaiian Homestead Association’s designated nonprofit leading the complex is the Homestead Community Development Corporation (HCDC).
Initial planning funds were provided by the Hawaii State Legislature approved in 2019 and released by Governor Ige in 2021. Homestead Community Development Corporation has raised additional funding and capacity support through partnerships with national nonprofits, local nonprofits, the County of Kauai, and recently through a planning investment by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) under its Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge (RPIC) on tribal lands.
“This sports complex is tied to an agricultural-based rodeo and ranching facility that represents our rural homestead and families that have lived in the region for decades,” said Jordyn Danner, Homestead Community Development Corporation Deputy Director. “All of us from Kauai, raising our keiki here, can easily imagine it’s impact to our youth, to adults, our elders, those in equestrian activities or field sports, whether spectators or on the field — a recreation economy that matches our rural location and values.”
With project scoping and renderings near complete, and just under $1.1 million raised in funding for planning, pre-development and homestead visioning, Anahola Hawaiian Homestead Association submitted a formal land request to Department of Hawaiian Home Lands to site the project.
Kualii added, “The Anahola Sports Complex site identified and requested, is almost exactly the location sited in the 2010 Department of Hawaiian Home Lands plan. There are thousands of acres in our Anahola homestead region to choose from, but we think the original regional plan, and the one we put forward to Department of Hawaiian Home Lands with our land request, is exactly the right spot to create rural based jobs right here in Anahola, while serving all of Kauai, exciting progress for sure!”
The report was well received, with unanimous excitement. One observer at the meeting asked the Anahola Hawaiian Homestead Association board if Anahola Hawaiian Homestead Association would take on another project in the region — a motocross race track. Board members agreed to meet with motocross enthusiasts but responded that the Anahola Sports Complex is the focus of its energy, along with a 20-unit rental housing project in the region, so needed on Kauai.
Anahola Hawaiian Homestead Association Board Members: Kipukai Kualii, Mokihana Kauvaka, Christy Keale, Kuulei Ornellas, Robin Danner, Windy Kirifi and Joe Carrillo.