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:



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 2023.

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