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Big Island


Photo by Mary Blyth, December 7, 2022

PAL is on the Big Island! Working closely with Equity Hawaii Real Estate in Hilo, our first project is located north of Hilo in Pepe'ekeo. We have the land in escrow and have begun fundraising. You can help with a donation of any size!

Pepeʻekeo Fundraising

Located at 8-2981 Kumula Street in Pepe'ekeo, this property has the potential to house at least 70 units made up of a combination of affordable rentals, rent-to-own, units for sale, and houseless transitional tiny homes. Call or email our PAL Big Island Representative Mary to support this project. (808) 443-7877

Ready to donate now? Donate here by selecting "PAL Big Island" from the list. Mahalo nui loa!

Our vision

It has always been PAL’s vision to use the knowledge we are gaining on Kaua'i to solve the housing crisis on our neighboring islands, and eventually across our nation. Our goal is to share our mana'o and create templates for affordable housing that can be adjusted to succeed anywhere.

How can you help?​

1. Find us leads
Let us know if you know of land or buildings on the Big Island that you think would be a good fit for truly affordable housing. Be creative, but properties most likely to work are those zoned multi-family. They can be land, preferably near infrastructure, where we could develop homes and/or apartments and existing buildings that we could purchase to offer affordable rentals.  If you are a realtor and the property is not your listing, we will offer referrals or splits. The ONLY thing we care about is providing affordable homes to our beleaguered local families and work force.

2. Spread the word
Speak about our work to members of your community, especially those with the power and influence to help. You can also share our posts on social media. We must help our community understand the urgent economic and cultural imperatives of keeping our work force and our local families from being driven from their ancestral homeland.
3. Donate
Set up a recurring donation to support our work — any amount helps. Or help convince others who can donate to do so. Having the funds to quickly pursue an opportunity is one of the biggest hurdles to affordable housing. 

PAL Big Island Team

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Mary Blyth
Equity Hawaii Real Estate
Realtor (S) #82983
PAL Big Island Representative
(808) 443-7877

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Darla Hartvigsen
Equity Hawaii Real Estate
Realtor (BIC) #22680 
President, Hawaii Island Board of Realtors
(808) 319-9913

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Equity Hawaii Real Estate ~ Big Island was started in 2016 and provides Residential, Commercial, Investment, Property Management and Relocation Services. At Equity, we live up to the definition of our name. We strive to be just and fair in all of our dealings, to work honestly with those who have integrity and maintain similar values. We are grateful to be a part of such an amazing team that is making a huge impact on Kaua'i and honored to be representing PAL on the Big Island.

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