Kaupuni Village on the island of Oahu is the first net-zero energy affordable housing community in Hawai’i. Built on land provided by the Department of Hawai’ian Home Lands (DHHL), with support from the US Department of Energy, the village consists of 19 single-family homes and a community resource center. The buildings were designed to reduce energy consumption as much as possible and renewable energy fills the gap to make the overall development net zero. DHHL’s mission is to provide a permanent land base for native Hawai’ians, and all Kapuni Village homeowners were selected from its waiting list. In keeping with traditional cultural practices, residents have the capacity to raise fish and vegetables through aquaponics, and the community center is a gathering space for group activities.
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