Big Island’s Villages of Aina Le‘a Project Receives Financing From Singapore-Based Investment Firm

Media Release:

“The Villages of Aina Le‘a,” a 1,000-plus acre development on the South Kohala Coast of Hawai‘i Island, has received its first infusion of cash from Singapore’s Capital Asia Group Pte Ltd.

The Villages of Aina Le'a site in Hawaii (in blue)

The Villages of Aina Le'a site in Hawaii (in blue)

DW Aina Le`a Development, LLC and Capital Asia, marketing and sales hub for the project, signed a financing agreement today in Singapore. Capital Asia will raise a total of $62,000,000—or more—for the first phase, which includes 385 town homes to be sold under county affordable-housing guidelines.

“I am pleased to assist DW Aina Le`a with development capital in its efforts to provide a major contribution to the Big Island community,” said Winston Yau, president of Capital Asia.

Winston Yau and Robert Wessels in Singapore

Winston Yau and Robert Wessels in Singapore

“Our respect for family housing at affordable rates motivates us to participate in Aina Le`a’s initial building phase. We are also committed to providing DW Aina Le`a with future financing for the completion of its master planned community,” he said.

Robert Wessels, a managing partner of DW Aina Le`a Development, LLC praised Capital Asia for its financial contributions and assistance in meeting DW’s obligations and responsibilities for the first phase.

“All of our partners have committed their maximum resources to helping us build our town homes, which will be sold within Hawai‘i County’s affordable housing guidelines,” he said.

Wessels also added that, given the dire state of the economy, he is pleased that the project will help put so many people back to work, while providing much needed affordable housing on the Big Island.

The Villages of Aina Le`a is a master-planned golf course community that will include a lodge, homes, condos, world class golf and spa facilities, a shopping center, a Village Center, commercial offices and medical facilities, and more.

DW Aina Le`a has already begun work on the site, directly across from the Mauna Lani Resort on Hawai‘i’s Gold Coast.

King of the VERT, Pics and Clips From Pahoa Skateboard Contest


  1. Isiah

  2. Hanal’e

  3. Tristan

  4. 10-13 Finals starting now… 1st up Tristan

  5. Skyview of Pahoa Community CenterPahoacommunitycenter

  6. Mahalo to the sponsors

  7. Even girls can do “Ollies”

  8. Joseph ripping

  9. The speakers need to cool off… 10 minute free skate

  10. Hanal’e part 2

  11. 11 year old Hanal’e McGuire. Ripping it up
  12. Tianna McGuire – 13 year old WAHINE Shredder from Pahoa #Hawaii:
  13. John ripping

  14. For the sponsors

  15. Tristan shredding it

  16. 12 year old Isiah RIPPING it up in Pahoa King of the Vert #skateboarding contest

  17. The judges

  18. 10 – 13 year old Shayden

  19. Dan Jessup video

  20. Chili for lunch at the Vert contest vertchili

  21. Judging the 9 and under scores vertjudges

  22. A view from the Judges Perch at the #skateboard contest vertjudgeperch

  23. 5th District Council Lady Emily Naeole with aide RJ Hampton
  24. Another crowd shot from the King of The Vert Contest vertcrowd2

  25. Jason Kisling performing his made up trick “The Gnolly Front Foot Impossible”

  26. One of the prizes for the King of the Vert contest in Pahoa verttrophy

  27. 9 year old Pahoa veteran Sampson

  28. 9 year olds continue.

  29. 9 year old Evan ripping it up

  30. 9 year old female “Sunny D” barefoot and all:

  31. 9 year old drew:

  32. 5 minutes until the start of Kthe King of the Vert” 9 and under contest
  33. Legislative Aides RJ Hampton and “Sativa” at the Pahoa Vert Skate Contest vert2

  34. Crowd shot at the Pahoa Vert contest. vert1

  35. Kenoi says aloha pt. 2

  36. Mayor Kenoi says aloha pt. 1

  37. Video from The Vert

  38. 5th District Council Lady Emily Naeole says aloha to the folks of Pahoa at the Vert Contest

  39. Video from the Pahoa Vert skateboard warm ups

The Big Island Welcomes the Travelocity Roaming Gnome

Meet Pahoa

Meet Pahoa

So I gather that the Travelocity Roaming Gnome will be going around the Big Island today.

Gnome does Hilo town

Gnome does Hilo town

I was personally told by Roaming Gnome that he likes to take his vacations by himself and a few caretakers and they do a lot of things just on the go.

Pohoiki Road by Lava Tree State Park

Pohoiki Road by Lava Tree State Park

He just tweeted the following:

Waiting in line at the airport. Next stop: the Big Island!

Just in case he gets a bit camera shy on the Big Island or doesn’t have a chance to go to many spots…

Coconut Island

Coconut Island

….a member of the Pineapple Fleet has sent me the pictures I’m using in this post.

UH Hilo

UH Hilo

I’m amazed that the gnome was kind enough to stop off at the exact location my wife and I got married at:

Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

Before you get settled in here on the Big Island at “Your Hawaiian Home”

A nice place to camp out

A nice place to camp out

Just remember… don’t take home any lava rock with you.

Lava Flow

Lava Flow

Welcome to the Big Island Roaming Gnome


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