40 Years Of ‘Living In The Country’

Melissa Moniz
Wednesday - July 02, 2008
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Forty years of planning, building, buying and selling is coming to a satisfying close as Mililani marks the completion of its premier master-planned community.

The 40-year plan of Castle & Cooke Hawaii will culminate when the final 23 new homes will be turned over to families. In honor of that achievement, Mayor Mufi Hannemann and Gov. Linda Lingle proclaimed June 21 “Mililani 40th Anniversary And Completion Day.”

It began as a vision for Castle & Cooke, which initially hesitated.“Who would want to live in the country?” they asked. The “country” is now home to more than 50,000 people in 16,000 homes in a model community with tree-lined streets and creative home designs from a group of exceptional planners and architects. The first increments of homes went on sale in 1968, and construction began in 1990 on the final phase of the plan - Mililani Mauka.

A recent, notable completion is Recreation Center 7 on Lehiwa Drive in Mililani Mauka. The multimillion-dollar center has a multipurpose room, 25-meter heated pool, a wading pool and an open field.

Castle & Cooke conducted trolley tours June 20 throughout Mililani, enabling president Harry Saunders and other company officials to enjoy the morning celebration.

“Our sincere gratitude and thanks goes out to the families who chose to make Mililani their home to raise families, establish roots, to make friends and to forge new and long-lasting relationships,” said Saunders.

“They are the backbone of what makes Mililani a vibrant and desirable community today.”

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