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Deacon Clarence DeCaires blessed a new subdivision property at Kaneohe Bay Drive yesterday during a ceremony.
New homes near Kaneohe Bay to sell for $1.5M on average
THE model home named "Pikake" at Bay View Estates in Kaneohe isn't done yet because of rain and a hurricane or two on the mainland that delayed shipments, but the blessing for the project went on yesterday under clear blue skies.
Kaneohe Bay sparkled from the cul-de-sac on the Kailua end of Ikenakai Street, which runs the length of the development.
The construction of 27 homes along Kaneohe Bay Drive at Namoku Street, first reported in the Star-Bulletin in June, is being undertaken by a partnership between Royal Contracting Co. and BVE LLC.
The average price for lot-and-home packages will be $1.5 million, said broker Karen Lee, principal broker of Island Homes of the Pacific LLC.
Deacon Clarence DeCaires, in blessing the development, asked God to "protect the workers from suffering any injury or pilikia (trouble)."
The rain has helped keep dust at bay all around the red-dirt construction site, but it also has slowed the pace of progress.
Royal Contracting also developed the Manoa Hillside project, the Bluffs in Windward Oahu, Halawa Business Park and several other projects on the mainland, said the company's president, Russ Lambing.
The Bay View Estates lots range from 5,000 square feet to one double-sized lot -- on the makai side of the development facing Kaneohe Bay -- at 11,066 square feet.
A second model, called "Ilima," will be constructed next. The models are two-story, upscale, with lanais to maximize the views of the ocean and the Koolau range.
Six of the home and lot packages will be ready to sell in two to three months.
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