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Inside Hale Mahana: a preview of the new off-campus housing

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Move-in day at the new Hale Mahana Collegiate Apartments across Puck’s Alley is next Thursday. The 14-story building has 191 units, located on South King Street.

Paul Menzies, CEO of Laconia Development, estimates about 60 percent of the building will be occupied by the start of the semester.

He said one of the factors for consideration during the development phase four years ago was affordability.

“We want everybody to be able to afford to live here… Something that everybody in every income can afford is essential so we’ve accommodated that here,” Menzies said.

Honolulu City Councilwoman Ann Kobayashi said there needs to be more workforce housing like Hale Mahana: affordable rent in a quality facility.

“It’s just a great place, I’m really happy and really amazed that they were able to build this kind of facility in 19 months,” Kobayashi said.

The building also has three study rooms, a lounge, a fitness center and a rooftop grill.

Menzies added the community can expect restaurants and a yoga studio on the street level.