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Homestead Community Development Corporation

The Homestead Community Development Corporation (HCDC) headquartered on Kauai and Oahu, has hired Kipukai Kualii of Anahola, Kauai to lead several homestead capacity building programs statewide at the nonprofit dedicated to affordable housing and economic development on or near Hawaiian Home Lands.

Homestead Community Development Corporation is governed by homestead associations statewide, to bring development projects to scale on all islands in the state. Founded in 2009 by the Sovereign Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations (SCHHA), HCDC serves over 40 homestead areas and communities located on 6 islands in the State of Hawaii.

“Kipukai will be a great addition to our team, as we move forward on several affordable housing and community facility projects,” said Iwalani McBrayer, Homestead Community Development Corporation board chair from the Kaupea homestead on Oahu. “He has served on the Sovereign Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations Policy Committee for several years, has engaged on homestead projects from the ground up, starting with community visioning and planning through to actual development.”

Kualii has worked for the YWCA part time since 2010 and has served four terms on the Kauai County Council, currently running for his third consecutive term in November 2022.

A Kamehameha Schools graduate, with a degree in business administration, Kualii previously worked for the civil rights department at the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington DC.

“Not long after moving home to Kauai in 2001,” Kualii said. “I was working in our Anahola homestead implementing a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant with Kauai Community College to build our certified kitchen and led an agribusiness youth cohort. This employment opportunity at Homestead Community Development Corporation allows me to come full circle and support many different homestead association projects across the state.”

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Homestead Community Development Corporation has developed multiple community facilities that create jobs in a variety of sectors, owns and operates rental housing, has at least 24 units of affordable housing in the pre-development stage and two major public purpose community facility projects are in the que.

“Kipukai is an amazing talent and community organizer,” said Robin Danner, SCHHA Chairwoman. “He is a seasoned municipal policy maker, President of the Anahola Hawaiian Homestead Association, chairs the board of the nonprofit Hawaiian Lending & Investments, and has a strong advocacy record representing the needs of regular everyday people whether in housing, business or worker rights.”

Kualii begins employment on November 15, 2022, leading community facility and affordable housing development projects and supporting community-based policy priorities on all six islands where Hawaiian Home Lands exist.

About Homestead Community Development Corporation

An initiative founded by the Sovereign Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations (SCHHA) in 2009, the Homestead Community Development Corporation (HCDC) is an autonomous 501c3 tax exempt nonprofit dedicated to creating jobs and affordable housing on or near tribal lands in Hawaii, known as Hawaiian Home Lands. Contact info@hawaiianhomesteads.org for more information.

About Sovereign Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations

Founded in 1987, the Sovereign Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations (SCHHA) is the largest statewide Homestead Association registered with the U.S. Department of Interior and is a Coalition of homestead communities exercising sovereignty on tribal lands set aside by the U.S. Congress through enactment of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act of 1920. Contact policy@hawaiianhomesteads.org for more information.

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