A concept illustration of Ho’opili’s agricultural space, which will cover 200 acres of the 1,600 acre property.

D.R. Horton held a private groundbreaking ceremony this week to mark the beginning of construction on its 11,750-home Ho‘opili master-planned community, which will be located on about 1,600 acres in West Oahu.

Ho‘opili has been in the works for over a decade, according to the Pacific Business Journal’s Duane Shimogawa. The first phase will contain 151 single-family homes and duplexes, 12 town homes, and a 1.8-acre neighborhood park.

The full Ho‘opili buildout will take place over the next 20 years. When complete, the project will include 3 million square feet of commercial space, 70 acres of parks, 200 acres of commercial farms and community gardens, and five new public schools. D.R. Horton has also donated land to the Hawaiian Humane Society and the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center for the construction of new branches.

Ho‘opili is the first new town to be built in Hawaii since Mililani in Central Oahu, which began in the late 1960s and was completed just before the Great Recession.

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