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Modular houses near H-1 will go to the homeless

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JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

Architect Lloyd Sueda explained the design of the new modular homes Thursday at Sand Island.

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Duane Kurisu, right, head of the nonprofit aio Foundation, talked with Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell inside one of the retrofitted modular homes Thursday at Sand Island. “To reduce homelessness we need long-term, affordable housing,” Kurisu said. “These families can stay as long as they want to.”

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JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

City, state and private partners came together Thursday to announce plans to build more than 200 modular homes for the homeless at a development to be called Kahauiki Village. The homes will be built in phases on state land east of Keehi Lagoon Beach Park. Les Masutani, vice president of Coastal Construction Inc., stood outside one of the retrofitted homes Thursday on Sand Island.