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Project Experience

Location: Milolii-Ho’opuloa, South Kona, Hawaii
Client: Hawaii County Economic Opportunity Council (HCEOC)
34 Rainbow Drive, Hilo, Hawaii  96720
Contact: Joe Clarkson, Project Manager
Year Completed: 1989
Project Scope:

Two local non-profit corporations in Hawaii, Alu Like, Inc., and HCEOC,  were pursuing the development of appropriate, affordable housing for Native Hawaiians, Guamanians and American Samoans residing in Hawaii.  Self-help housing had been selected as one desirable approach to achieving overall housing development objectives.  Unfortunately, many of the prospective housing sites were located in undeveloped areas of Hawaii that contained few, if any, public utility systems.  Further, connections to available systems for water, wastewater, and electrical power frequently could not be installed on an economic basis.

The initial Milolii-Ho’opuloa Housing Project was used as a model for determining how appropriate supporting utility systems should be selected.  The project report included an easy to read section on how to select appropriate utility systems for any specific housing project.  The recommended approach addressed cultural considerations of future homeowners, environmental conditions, laws and regulations, required system capacities, appropriate technologies, operation and maintenance, and other design criteria.

Subsequent application of this process to the Milolii project involved the review of factors influencing the selection of utility system options for water supply and distribution, wastewater collection, treatment and disposal, and electrical power supply and distribution.  Required system capacities and specific design criteria were developed for each system.  The advantages and constraints to various system options for each supporting utility were also evaluated.  A methodology for the evaluation of alternate system options was also established and used to ultimately select recommended utility systems for the housing project