Department of Hawaiian Homelands

ʻĀina Hoʻopulapula

ʻĀina Hoʻopulapula acts as a liaison between the Beneficiaries and various vendors, streamlining the often complex and multifaceted process of developing homes on Hawaiian Homelands. It serves as a support system, providing assistance and solutions to any challenges that Beneficiaries might encounter during their development journey. Whether it's addressing bureaucratic hurdles, coordinating with construction professionals, or managing paperwork, the program aims to simplify the experience for the Beneficiaries.

Holding the Beneficiaries hand through the entire process, ʻĀina Hoʻopulapula ensures that the development process progresses efficiently and effectively.  So, Beneficiaries can soon realize their dreams of homeownership and build a legacy through real estate. 

Below are some of the areas that ʻĀina Hoʻopulapula help Beneficiaries with:

Land Allocation

  • This is the initial step where Beneficiaries are awarded land on Hawaiian Homelands. It involves legal and administrative processes to allocate the land to the beneficiaries.

Financial Assessment and Pre-approvals

  • Beneficiaries need to assess their financial situation thoroughly. This involves understanding their credit score, income, existing debts, and evaluating how much they can afford to borrow for the home development project. If credit repair or building is needed that is also provided.
  • Beneficiaries apply for a mortgage loan from a financial institution that will lend specifically on Hawaiian Home Lands. This application involves submitting detailed financial information, employment records, and other necessary documents to qualify for the loan.

Home Planning and Design

  • Professionals in this field work with Beneficiaries in House Selection and Design, ensuring it complies with DHHL and local regulations, and the Beneficiary's needs.

Permitting and Approvals

  • This step involves obtaining necessary permits and approvals from DHHL and the City and County. This includes building permits, environmental clearances, lease terms, and other regulatory permissions.

Construction Services

  • Construction vendors are responsible for building the house according to the approved designs. This includes skilled labor, materials, and project management services.

Utilities Installation

  • Utility vendors handle the installation of essential services such as electricity, water, gas, and sewage systems. They ensure that the property is connected to the necessary infrastructure.

Interior and Exterior Design

  • Designers assist Beneficiaries in making aesthetic and functional decisions about the necessary fixtures, flooring, and accessories of the home.

Landscaping and Outdoor Spaces

  • Landscaping vendors design and create outdoor spaces, gardens, and lawns. They may also handle irrigation systems and outdoor amenities like patios or decks.

Home Maintenance and Repair Services

  • These vendors provide services for the ongoing maintenance and repair of the property. This includes services like plumbing, electrical repairs, roofing, and general home maintenance.

Legal and Financial Advisors

  • Legal advisors assist with legal documentation and ensure that all transactions and contracts are in order. Financial advisors help with budgeting, loans, and financial planning related to the home development process.

Insurance Providers

  • Insurance companies offer various insurance policies relevant to homeowners, including property insurance, liability insurance, and mortgage insurance.

Community Resources

  • These resources include local community organizations, support groups, homestead owners associations, and government agencies that can provide additional assistance, advice, and resources to the Beneficiaries.

How We Can Help

If you were recently awarded a Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) lot, here's how we can help you build your home.

DHHL ʻĀina Hoʻopulapula
Digital Course

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DHHL ʻĀina Hoʻopulapula
Consulting Package

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DHHL ʻĀina Hoʻopulapula Course (Digital)


This digital course is for Hawaiian Homes Beneficiaries that have been awarded a Vacant Lot Offer by DHHL.  Through personal experience we recognized the need for an educational course to help people understand and navigate this process. This highlight video is the house blessing of Karl Noa Sr. the father of one of Na Koa Development's founders, Kahanu Noa. Mr. Noa Sr. went through the Vacant Lot Offer to obtain his home on Hawaiian Homelands in Kapolei, Hawaii.

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DHHL ʻĀina Hoʻopulapula Consulting Package

 We provide a Do-It-For-You service to help you through the Vacant Lot Offer process. Life can already be overwhelming with its many facets. If taking on the Vacant Lot Offer process on your own is too much for you, work with us and we will hold your hand from the beginning to end. This consulting package includes the DHHL Vacant Lot Offer Course.

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