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Blessing celebrates realization of Ho‘opili housing development

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DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

Jim Schuler, left, retired founder of Schuler Homes, spoke with Gov. David Ige before the Ho‘opili blessing ceremony Thursday.

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DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

Using traditional Hawaiian oo sticks, Dennis Lombardi, left, Matt Farris, Don Tomnitz, state Rep. Ty Cullen, Mike Murray, Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Jim Schuler, Gov. David Ige, Bob Bruhl, state Sen. Mike Gabbard, Jason Frank, Cameron Nekota and Mike Jones broke ground for the Ho‘opili development.

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DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

Kahu Kordell Kekoa, chaplain of Kamehameha Schools’ Kapalama campus, officiated at Thursday’s blessing at the site of the first residences of the 11,750-home Ho‘opili community. The $4.6 billion project has been wending its way through the regulatory process for more than a decade.