Lima Ola Kauai

Lima Ola Workforce Housing Development

“What began as a vision from the late Mayor Bryan J. Baptiste, and developed through the leadership of former Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr., today, Lima Ola is a testament to years of hard work, planning, and community partnerships. It is by far the largest affordable housing project the county has ever undertaken to date, and during a time when affordable housing is critical. We need affordable housing now more than ever, which is why I’m humbled to be part of this team who will take Lima Ola to the finish line.” – Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami

A unique community is taking shape in beautiful ʻEle’ele on Kauaʻi’s west shore. Lima Ola will be a master-planned community of new residences that are affordable with a range of rental and homeownership opportunities for Kauaʻi’s ʻohana; designed with green sustainable features that are environmentally responsible and lowers your energy cost; where healthy lifestyles are inspired through open spaces, walking paths and recreational areas; and be a close-knit community where gathering places encourage social interaction. Lima Ola is a place where families can thrive.

The Lima Ola Workforce Housing Development will eventually consist of approximately 550 new affordable housing units comprised of both single-family and multi-family homes that will be both for rent and for sale. Infrastructure work on Phase I began in November of 2020 and is scheduled to be completed in November of 2021. Once infrastructure for Phase I is completed work will begin on the first section of new homes in early 2022. Phase I is planned for 38 single-family homes and around 111 multi-family units.

If you are interested in homeownership opportunities at Lima Ola or other related county residential properties, you must be a participant of the County’s Homebuyer List. Those on the County’s Homebuyer List will be given the first opportunity to purchase at Lima Ola. You must be a Kauai resident, first time homebuyer and have completed homebuyer education classes.

To become a participant please visit Home Buyer Program - for the most current information on eligibility requirements and how to apply.

If you have any other questions, please contact our office at 241-4444 or email:


May 31, 2024

Housing applications available for Lima Ola Family and Senior Projects

‘ELE‘ELE – EAH Housing, an affordable housing nonprofit organization, announced today that applications are now being accepted for the County of Kaua‘i’s Lima Ola Family and Senior Apartments.

The application process, which opened May 20, 2024, has been extended to June 14, 2024. Prospective residents can apply at: A lottery for new applicants will begin June 21, 2024.

“We are proud to join in announcing the opening of the newest affordable housing development on Kaua‘i,” said Kaua‘i Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami. “These projects, made possible in part by $13.14 million in County funding as well as $24.5 million in County of Kaua‘i tax exempt bonds, are bringing desperately needed affordable housing to the community of ‘Ele‘ele. We look forward to working with our partners the Ahe Group and EAH Housing to ensure that this new development serves the housing needs of our community for decades to come.”

EAH Housing has been selected by Āhē Group to manage Lima Ola Family and Senior Apartments, the newest affordable housing development on Kaua‘i. The Lima Ola Family Apartments features 45 multi-family apartments, including 1-,2-, and 3-bedroom units and an on-site staff apartment. The Lima Ola Senior Apartments features 40 one-bedroom on-grade units with lanais.

The anticipated occupancy start is August to September 2024, with housing preferences for residents employed in the ‘Ele‘ele area.

“EAH Housing is thrilled to grow its partnership with Āhē Group and the County of Kaua‘i Housing Agency,” said Josh Romoff, Director of New Business for EAH Housing. “Lima Ola Family and Senior Apartments represents our commitment to Kaua‘i and to providing quality affordable housing for people who need it most.”

The EAH Housing and Ahe Group partnership now serves more than 500 residents on seven properties and 345 apartments across Kaua‘i. The Lima Ola Family and Senior Apartments announcement marks the successful expansion of a partnership which spans more than a decade.

“Ahe Group is pleased to continue our work with the County of Kaua‘i to expand housing opportunities for Kaua‘i residents,” said Makani Maeva, President of Ahe Group. “Together with our partners at EAH Housing we are confident that Lima Ola Family and Senior Apartments will be a new community where generations of Kaua‘i families will live, grow and prosper.”

Lima Ola Family Apartments is located at 408 and 428 Kahunaone Street, ‘Ele‘ele, and Lima Ola Senior Apartments is located at 470 Kahunaone Street, ‘Ele‘ele.  Both projects are close to the ‘Ele‘ele Shopping Center, nearby schools, medical services, recreational areas, and eateries. Rents are based on 30%-80% of the area median income.

About Ahe Group:

Ahe Group is one of Hawai‘i’s leaders in the affordable housing development industry and has demonstrated success in all facets of development, from acquisition and rehabilitation to new construction and ownership. Located in Kailua, Hawai‘i, Ahe Group is dedicated to developing quality affordable housing communities with an emphasis on multi-family, senior housing, and workforce housing units.

About EAH Housing:

Established in 1968, EAH Housing is one of the largest and most respected nonprofit housing development and management organizations in the western United States. EAH develops affordable multifamily housing communities, manages more than 230 properties throughout California and Hawai‘i, and plays a leadership role in local, regional, and national housing advocacy efforts.

If you need an ASL Interpreter, materials in alternate format, or other auxiliary aid support, or an interpreter for a language other than English, please contact Steve Franco at 808-241-4444 or as soon as possible. Requests made as early as possible will allow adequate time to fulfill your request. Upon request, this notice is available in alternate formats such as large print, Braille, or electronic copy.

 Lima Ola Family and Senior Housing Lot 45 May 2024  

Photo Courtesy of Unlimited Construction: Lima Ola Family and Senior Apartments are still under construction with anticipated occupancy starting August to September 2024.


March 11, 2024


Photo below: (Taken February 2024) Senior Rental Housing Project for Kauai residents 62 years-old and up. The project will be for 40, 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom units for seniors with a community garden and indoor/outdoor community space. Tentative to open by Fall 2024.

 Lima Ola Senior Assisted Living Rental Project - February 2024


Photo below: On the left is the 32-unit Lima Ola Supportive Housing Project, tentative to open Summer 2024. On the right is the 45-unit Multi-Family rental project consisting of 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom units for low-income households, tentative to open Fall 2024.

Lima Ola Supportive Housing Project on left and Affordable Multi-Family Rental Complex on Right - February 2024


Photo below: The Lima Ola Supportive Housing Project is tentative to open Summer 2024, and is modeled after the existing Kealaula Supportive Housing Project located on Pua Loke Street in Līhu‘e.

A total of 32 units, studio and one-bedroom will be built with square footage ranging from 240 to 400 square feet. The project will also include a community building that will include offices, a reception area, and laundry facilities.

A combination of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and State and Local Recovery Funds (SLFRF), Home-American Rescue Plan (HOME-ARP) funds, and county Housing Development funds were utilized for the design and build of this project. The total cost of the Lima Ola Supportive Housing Project amounts to $4.37 million.

Lima Ola Supportive Housing Project - February 2024



May 17, 2022


Following a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) process, the Housing Agency recently selected the Ahe Group LLC to develop two proposed affordable rental housing projects in Phase I of Lima Ola. The first project will be a 45-unit multi-family project consisting of 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom units for low-income households. The second project will be a 40-unit rental project for seniors consisting of 1-bedroom units for low-income seniors. Tentative date for groundbreaking of these project is the Fall of 2022 with completion by the end of 2024.

Please note that these projects are still in the development stage and information about how to apply for these projects and income limits for tenants will be forthcoming.

Lima Ola Phase 1

Lot 45 Multi family Rental

Lima Ola Senior Housing Rental

Senior Rental Drawings Lot 2

Lima Ola Site January 2021

Drone Overall - Austin Gardner - January 2021

Drone ponds direct - Austin Gardner - January 2021

Rainbow photo - Fern Holland - Honua

Lima Ola Ground Breaking and Blessing Ceremony November 24, 2020

Ground Breaking & Blessing - table 11-24-2020

Ground Breaking & Blessing - circle 11-24-2020

Lima Ola Groundbreaking & Blessing - Mayor 11-24-2020

Links: Past Updates and Notices

Public Meeting Hanapepe Neighborhood Center November 10, 2016(PDF, 5MB)
Public Meeting Eleele School November 9, 2016(PDF, 12MB)
Public Meeting Eleele School May 25, 2016(PDF, 547KB)
Public Meeting Hanapepe Neighborhood Center May 24, 2016(PDF, 571KB)
Resolution Approved by County Council(PDF, 1MB)
201H Application for Lima Ola Workforce Housing Development
Final Environmental Assessment(PDF, 61MB)
Land Use Commission District Boundary Amendment Request - Notice of Intent(PDF, 175KB)
Decision and Order for Boundary Amendment(PDF, 7MB)
Impacts of Sunscreens on Our Coral Reefs(PDF, 1MB)
DLNR Asks Ocean Users to Avoid Sunscreens with Oxybenzone