07/23/2014 02:21 pm ET Updated Jul 23, 2014

Whose Kakaako? Construction Boom Leaves Behind Honolulu's Neediest Residents

PF Bentley/Civil Beat

In a recent TV campaign ad, a jaunty Gov. Neil Abercrombie drives a taxi cab and flashes a grin as he passes Halekauwila Place, a new building in the state redevelopment district of Kakaako — “home for 200 working families,” one of his passengers gushes to the other.

The 204-unit rental housing project for low-income families is stylish, comfortable and mind-bogglingly affordable for Honolulu, the most expensive city for housing in the nation.

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