Fire destroyed the affordable apartments in June 2022

Kahu Wayne Higa chanted and sprinkled water Tuesday to bless two apartments that had been destroyed during an accidental fire in June 2022 at the Hale Makana O Waiale complex operated by Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Centers.

It was painful to experience this fire that temporarily displaced two households and took the life of a service dog. Thankfully, none of our residents suffered any physical injuries,” said Executive Director Monique R. Ibarra. “Now, we have these beautifully restored units, and I’m very grateful to everyone who put in such hard work to make these apartments like-new, and ready for occupancy.”

Approximately 1,400 people live in 200 affordable, low-income units at Hale Makana O Waiale, located on 12 acres in Wailuku. 



The complex has 30 low-rise buildings with 24 studio units, 128 two-bedroom units, 32 three-bedroom units and 16 four-bedroom units. The two apartments destroyed by fire were two-bedroom units on the first and second floors of a building.

The apartment complex also has a community center, laundry facilities and a three-acre park operated by Maui County.

To qualify for a unit, all applicants must apply in person and earn 50% or less than the Maui County area median income for their household size. Households also must demonstrate that they earn at least twice the monthly rent for a unit, although Section 8 voucher holders are waived from this requirement.

For more information about Ka Hale A Ke Ola housing programs, visit

About Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Centers:

Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Centers is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing comprehensive services and shelter to individuals and families experiencing homelessness on the island of Maui. With a commitment to empowering individuals and fostering self-sufficiency, the agency offers a range of programs and support services to help individuals transition from homelessness to stable housing and a brighter future.

For more information, visit, email or call the Central Maui Center at (808) 242-7600 or the Westside Center at (808) 662-0076.