County could begin construction of homeless village by year’s end

  • Camp Kikaha in the Old Kona Industrial Area was set up after the county evicted homeless illegally residing at Old Kona Airport Park last year. (Laura Ruminski, file/West Hawaii Today)
  • Village 9, as it’s been named, will share space on the 35.7-acre lot (colored green) with an affordable housing development operated by the state. (Map illustration/West Hawaii Today)

  • A person sleeps on the beach early March 7 in Kailua Village. The county’s plan for Village 9 was developed after dozens of homeless illegally residing at Old Kona Airport Park were evicted. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

HILO — An infusion of state money is helping kickstart the transformation of a vacant lot at the corner of Kealakehe Parkway and Ane Keohokalole Highway into a homeless village.