$1 saves Kunia homes

Most Kunia Plantation Village residents, who had feared eviction after Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. Full Story
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Maxima

Ewa Beach, HI

#41 May 29, 2008
The loyalty that these plantation workers dedicated each day is rewarding to see goverment, private business and the union make this happen.
Our grandparents and parents all went through the pineapple and sugar cane era. No matter your race, that was the industry for decades and we need to see more of this type of true Aloha spirit alive and well.
Let's hope that this Hawaii version of Extreme Makeover repeats itself over and over again. To those who are fortunate to benefit, good for you and best wishes for your continued good fortune.
HomesForTaxpayer s

Honolulu, HI

#42 May 29, 2008
Great, so these people get to keep their homes, meanwhile people working two jobs contributing a major amount of taxes can't qualify for a regular mortgage and are paying 2k+ a month for rent. They've just been screwed over such that instead of potentially being able to find an affordable home within 10 years, they may now never be able to. Messed up!
local girl

Honolulu, HI

#43 May 30, 2008
shoot. anyone is better than Harris. he totally screwed things up. Mufi had to pick up the pieces.
JUSTICE FOR ALL

Princeville, HI

#44 May 30, 2008
spamworld wrote:
There are some real confused, sick people here. Heres all sides trying to do something good for the little guy and all you can think about is yourself.
Nothing wrong with helping but if you help one you have to help all!
AMG SL55

Las Vegas, NV

#45 May 30, 2008
HomesForTaxpayers wrote:
Great, so these people get to keep their homes, meanwhile people working two jobs contributing a major amount of taxes can't qualify for a regular mortgage and are paying 2k+ a month for rent. They've just been screwed over such that instead of potentially being able to find an affordable home within 10 years, they may now never be able to. Messed up!
whats affordable? 300K? 400k?
Land Reformist

Honolulu, HI

#46 May 30, 2008
Another excellent win-win deal illustrating the social and economic benefits for land reform in Hawaii. Now why can't the state and city governments work out similar deals with other large land owners in this state?
Voting

Princeville, HI

#47 May 30, 2008
AMG SL55 wrote:
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whats affordable? 300K? 400k?
Affordable is $1 a month
AMG SL55

Las Vegas, NV

#48 May 30, 2008
Voting wrote:
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Affordable is $1 a month
yeah in 3rd world countries and hawaii is looking more and more like it.
Mahu

United States

#49 May 30, 2008
John Whitaker wrote:
GREAT - this is a sustainable community.
There's another word for "sustainable", it's called POVERTY!
Raphael

San Antonio, TX

#50 May 30, 2008
How about a deal that would cut these people's rent back from the $900 to the $300 they were paying just 2 years ago. Building businesses that will subsidize rents in a way that they won't increase any further is like paying me not to ask for a raise. Hog wash.
Hawaiian Eye

Belton, TX

#52 May 31, 2008
Mahalo to the Honolulu Mayor for his outstanding ability to save the Kunia Plantation Village for its current residents and for the future. I remember the many drives thru Kunia during youth and seeing those homes setting next the the mountains. Such beauty! To the people who lived and worked for Del Monte my Aloha to you.
USueA

Ewa Beach, HI

#53 May 31, 2008
The people do deserve as they did go through many more times as us younger generation. Let them live their lives peacefully & quiet.=o)

Cheers
Voting

Princeville, HI

#54 Jun 1, 2008
All I ask is for EQUALITY!
Divorced Dad

Honolulu, HI

#55 Jun 2, 2008
The requirement to be an agricultural worker is there because some of the money going to fund a portion of the deal comes from the Fed Department of Ag, which has the requirement that it can only be used for Agricultural workers. There has been a LOT of wrangling back and forth to save as much as possible, while still making it possible. Being one of the people who are going to be kicked out, I am greatful that SOME people have been saved from eviction and that the houses weren't bulldozed like they orriginally were intended to be.
flippedout

Kalaheo, HI

#56 Jun 2, 2008
Buncha flips get cheap rent? What about the hard-working Americans?? Nada....
Divorced Dad

Honolulu, HI

#57 Jun 2, 2008
Wait, I know you are going to say that the agreement was only $1. That doesn't cover any of the operating costs of the villiage, such as the private sewer treatment plant, pumping water, etc, none of which has been paid for by YOUR taxes and has always been a private deal subsidized by the company. Yes, the rents went from a 'subsidized' level to a cost basis level, but that doesn't include everything. House Maintenance, water testing, water delivery, sewage treatment, sludge hauling, road repair (once again not public roads)... It all adds up and is going to be a huge cost that necessitated the rent increases and some one time captial expenditures.
Agent

Princeville, HI

#58 Apr 19, 2009
I wonder if the state can help all those who lost their jobs now and are losing their homes?

Hmmmmmm

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