Agency Gives Shelter,

But to Whom?

The Hawai‘i County agency that is supposed to help the homeless find housing seems instead to have given cover to a scheme to line the pockets of as-yet unknown players.

Just how this happened, in the waning days of the administration of Mayor Billy Kenoi, can’t be known from the records that the Office of Housing and Community Development has made public to date.

But while details remain murky, the fact that the current administration now has turned its back on the agreement the former administration signed in late 2016 with representatives of Waikoloa Highlands, Inc., and the later release of the company from the need to comply further with the county’s affordable housing law point to a clear need for further investigation. The abrupt resignation from the OHCD of the employee who guided these agreements to final approval only adds to the need for a full inquiry.