WAIPOULI — Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami met with the residents of the Courtyards at Waipouli Apartments on March 28, along with Managing Director Mike Dahilig, Housing Director Kanani Fu and Councilman Mason Chock.
The meeting was advertised by the resident manager’s office as “open to the tenants of Courtyards at Waipouli only and non-tenants will be asked to leave.” It was not open to the public or the media. TGI was provided with a recording of the meeting.
“We are here at the request of the resident manager to just speak to our tenants regarding the transition of the homes that are going up for sale,” Fu said.
Kawakami said he and others with the county were there “first and foremost because we care.”
He said they were there to answer any questions because he was pretty sure there was a lot of confusion.
“We are here to give you the facts of the situation, what we’ve done on our part to get to this point and what other options exist moving forward,” the mayor said. “So with that being said, we are here to listen.”
Fu said the meeting was “just intended for our residents because we wanted to come and talk directly and have a venue where you guys could talk and share with your mana‘o with us and at a later time if there needs to be more meetings and follow up we can come back, so again it was specifically for our residents here.”
Dahilig explained that an offer was on the table for $37 million for the county to purchase the Courtyards in November.
“The county’s reserve, in terms of our overall budget reserve, is approximately $34 million,” Dahilig said.
He said the county’s ability to purchase the property, “isn’t quite there.”
“When you look at the amount of bond issuance that the county issues on average about every five years, we only issue about $25 million dollars every five years,” Dahilig said.
Ryan Collins, county reporter, can be reached at 245-0424 or firstname.lastname@example.org.