Work to start on Ka Malanai


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It’s been four years since they delayed Ka Malanai, but now that the economy seems to be picking up, D.R. Horton’s upscale townhouse project in Kailua is slated to begin work in April.

Prices are estimated to range from about $400,000 to $800,000. The project will have six, four-story buildings comprised of 21 to 30 units. The first floor of each building will be for parking, with residences on the upper floors. Three large, landscaped courtyards will separate the buildings.

Ka Malanai will feature D.R. Horton–Schuler Division’s Home Save program to help residents live sustainably. The Home Save program is designed to help homeowners reduce operating costs, provide homes that are adaptable for future technology, and lessen future costs for maintenance and repairs. Key energy-efficient building features include solar hot water heaters, dual-pane, low-E windows and selected ENERGY STAR® appliances.

D.R. Horton isn’t just building the complex; the company is making several improvements for the surrounding community, including:

  • Widening of a substandard road in front with a new turning lane to be used by each direction, which will match the improved section of Kailua Road in the town center
  • Landscaped median in that turning lane to be maintained by the Ka Malanai Association of Owners
  • Installation of a major drainage fix to the road to eliminate a ponding problem
  • Expansion and resurfacing of the park’s parking lot across the street
  • Undergrounding of electrical lines in the park to its comfort station
  • Tying the comfort station into the new sewer lines in the road for the city to eliminate a problem they have with a pump that’s in place now
  • Undergrounding of phone and cable lines for about a dozen single-family homes across the project
  • Working with Kaneohe Ranch on undergrounding the major utility distribution lines and removal of all poles from Hahani to Aoloa streets.

Ka Malanai—previously called Ironwoods—will start sales in the fall. A few units will be available through a lottery, then the remaining will be released in phases, but the initial residences won’t be ready until summer 2013. The 153-unit project is expected to be complete by mid-2014.

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