HIVM is pleased to announce that EAH Housing has received financing awards from the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation (HHFDC) and other sources for the $45M development project along West Kawili Street in Hilo. Ground breaking for this 92 unit project is scheduled for the 3rd week in January, 2023. EAH Housing is one of the largest and most respected nonprofit housing development and management organizations in the western United States. EAH develops low-income multifamily housing, and manages more than 222 properties throughout California and Hawai’i.

To be put on an interest list with updates from EAH as they become available, access the following website: Get on the interested list here;
If no web access, contact their property management office and ask to be on the interest list

Generally, the applicant packets would not go out until about 6 months before expected project completion so estimating early 2025 if EAH starts early 2023.

                                              Latest update for the medical component of our mission

Now that our housing project is slated to break ground in January, we’re concentrating on our second capital project and this addition to our web site reflects a change from our original mission. Our original mission was to develop a one-stop veterans’ service center and medical outpatient clinic for the Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA). Our intent now is to develop a community medical clinic ourselves in a partnership with an established Hawaii Island based medical services provider. This would provide work and office space for island and off-island doctors and specialists who can serve military veterans and the overall island community as well.

We made this change to our original goal out of necessity when we learned that the US Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA) decided to to look for larger acreage. We decided to develop a medical clinic ourselves to meet the critical shortage of facilities suitable for the medical needs that we face in East Hawai’i. This led us to enter discussions with an established Hawaii-Island-based medical services provider with whom we are now exploring the options for a formal partnership.

We have recently met with banks and other financial organizations in addition to foundations and potential donors as part of our due- diligence efforts. Our next step will be to formally kick off a capital campaign in October with a reboot of our signature Jazz and Blues fundraiser with the goal of raising $12M by June ’24 so we can begin construction shortly thereafter. We’ll also be establishing an endowment fund in the Hawaii Community Foundation. These endowment funds will be used to provide scholarships to deserving on-island public high school graduates with preference to the children and grand children of veterans. We will sustain this fund from our building’s revenue stream. Should you be interested in supporting this endeavor we’re undertaking for our community, fully tax deductible donations (federal tax EIN 94-3276578) can be made to:
Hawaii Island Veterans Memorial, Inc. PO Box 6820, Hilo, Hi 96720
and will be deposited in our building fund.

Suffice to say donations are fully tax deductible and are greatly appreciated.

 Shown below is the proposed Senior Independent Living Community 


The HIVM housing/EAH Housing/ project will consist of 92 one bedroom rental apartments in four two-story garden-style buildings located on a 5.6 acre lot between the Episcopal church on Kapiolani St. and the Hilo Meishon Church off Olona Street. Each building will have its own elevator and separate laundry facility with ample green space, a circular walking path, dog park, and community gardens. Planned amenities include a central community multipurpose room and kitchen in a separate building with a common area lounge, coffee bar, fitness room, and property management offices. Construction will start in 2023 and be completed in 2024. 

Artists rendering of the proposed new Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC)

by Fleming & Associates LLC