An affordable housing project for artists will break ground in Kakaako on Sunday, and developers say rents at the property will be as low as $540 per month.
The Ola Key 'Ilima Artspace Project is the first of its kind in Hawaii and is designed to help struggling artists who live paycheck to paycheck for their passion.
On Friday, workers were preparing for the groundbreaking, including by creating an urban imu at the future home for the project — a parking lot on Waimanu Street. The 84-unit low-income project will be surrounded by Kakaako’s upscale towers.
It's a partnership among the Pa'i Foundation, the government, EAH Housing and Artspace, which has 24 other low-income housing projects for artists nationwide.