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Carnicelli named VP of Development for Alaula Affordable Housing

By Staff | Jan 29, 2021

In 2011, Lawrence Carnicelli’s Hale Anuenue Affordable Housing Group negotiated a settlement in which Maui County received 53 Maui Lani lots to be used for affordable housing.

WAILUKU — Long-time affordable housing advocate Lawrence Carnicelli will join Doyle and Dwayne Betsill’s family of Maui construction companies as vice president of development for Alaula LLC.

The newly-created company is the 100 percent affordable housing arm of Betsill Brothers, a corporation that has built quality housing on Maui for more than two decades.

“We want to build mixed-use, live/work communities that will maintain Maui’s unique character,” Carnicelli said of Alaula, Hawaiian for “light of early dawn.”

“There aren’t many people on Maui who have Lawrence’s wide range of experience and knowledge,” said Doyle, who is promoted to Alaula’s president.

“His unique experiences have led to a deep understanding of Maui workforce housing development.”

Carnicelli, who is nearing the end of his five-year term on the Maui Planning Commission, has been a real estate broker on the island for 21 years.

Most recently, he served as managing director for Olowalu Elua Associates.

“Lawrence also helped write housing legislation while he served as government affairs director of the Realtors Association of Maui and continues to serve on the board of Stand Up Maui, the nonprofit affordable housing advocacy organization,” Betsill added.

“For over a decade, I have been focused on one thing in my career: building affordable housing for the Maui community,” said Carnicelli.

“I feel like everything that I have done professionally has led me to this great opportunity. It saddens me to see Maui residents move away because they can’t afford to live here.”

Carnicelli’s term on the Maui Planning Commission, where he currently serves as chairman, ends in March.

Carnicelli said he plans to address any potential conflicts with his new job as he always has.

“Integrity is my priority, and I have always held the commission to the highest of standards. As always, if there is even a hint of conflict, I will recuse myself,” he said.