12 new efficiency studios to be available by early fall in Pahoa for homeless kupuna

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Seajay Pool sends a shaka from the porch of his temporary home Friday in Pahoa. Pool’s temporary home was one of several micro units built at Sacred Heart Catholic Church to house evacuees from the 2018 Kilauea volcano eruption, which are now being used as a shelter. The location for the new HOPE Services Hawaii modular units for homeless kupuna will be adjacent to those micro units.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Mayor Mitch Roth speaks during the groundbreaking for the Sacred Heart Affordable Housing Project by HOPE Services in Pahoa on Friday, April 16, 2021.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald CEO of HOPE Services Brandee Menino speaks during the groundbreaking for the Sacred Heart Affordable Housing Project in Pahoa on Friday, April 16, 2021.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald The Sacred Heart Affordable Housing Project by HOPE Services is ready for construction in Pahoa on Friday, April 16, 2021.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Rev. John T. Molina blesses the site of the Sacred Heart Affordable Housing Project by HOPE Services during the groundbreaking in Pahoa on Friday, April 16, 2021.

After “plenty pivots, rocky roads,” a long-awaited affordable housing project in Pahoa is underway.