Archive for January 2014

The Garden Island 1/28/14: “Habitat meeting demand for affordable homes on Kauai”

Kaua`i Habitat is grateful to our supporters at The Garden Island and our community for recognizing and highlighting the dire need for affordable housing on the island. Mahalo to Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. for issuing a proclamation that provides the County of Kauai authority to administer “Fast Track Permitting for Workforce Housing Projects” for five years.

Read today’s full editorial in The Garden Island here:

Anniversary Sale and Re-Dedication Ceremony at ReStore® Sat. Jan. 25

Last month, we marked 21 years of providing affordable housing opportunities to our community here on Kaua`i. Come celebrate with us at our Anniversary Sale and Re-Dedication Ceremony at ReStore® in Hanapepe on Sat. Jan. 25, 2014 from 9a-4p! We’ll have great deals including 50% off clothing and 20% off all other items in ReStore. We’ll also be announcing the lucky winner of our “Home Sweet Home” quilt donation drawing.

Entertainment will be provided by Lady Ipo and Na Hoaloha from 11a-1p. Mid-day snacks and refreshments will be provided, along with delicious coffee from our friends at Kauai Coffee. Free prize drawings will also be held throughout the morning until early afternoon. Join us!

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Refrigerators and more available NOW at ReStore®

GE 18 cu. ft. refrigeratorKaua`i Habitat ReStore® has approximately 24 GE brand 18 cubic ft. refrigerators in stock in Hanapepe, thanks to our generous friends at Wyndham! Check out the listing on Craigslist for more details:

Also available at ReStore® (click for detailed product post on Craigslist):

Kaua`i Habitat holds groundbreaking ceremony for Phase II of `Ele`ele Iluna Subdivision

‘Ele‘ele, Hawai‘i –On Friday, January 17, 2014, Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity held a groundbreaking ceremony for Phase II of its ‘Ele‘ele Iluna Subdivision. The long awaited project will result in an additional 107 more affordable homes for Kaua‘i. Crews are slated to mobilize and begin infrastructure work and lot preparation for the first 48 lots as soon as possible.


Kaua`i Habitat Board Members L-R: Fran McDonald (Campaign Chair), Julian Coiner, Thad Bond (President), LaVerne Bessert (Secretary), Stephen Spears (Exec. Director), Tom Canute. Not pictured: Peter Wiederoder, Keith Yap, Rev. Dr. Paul Kirchner, Doug Haigh, Bob Ray

According to Executive Director Stephen Spears , “Kaua‘i Habitat is the only Habitat affiliate in Hawai‘i that is pursuing subdivision development as a response to the growing need for housing. We have a duty to our community – nearly 2,000 out of our 65,000-person population has contacted our office expressing interest in becoming a Habitat homeowner. Our community has waited a long time and is really getting excited over the opportunities presented by this project.” Spears also added that “We owe thanks to our many donors, volunteers, and supporters, especially the County of Kaua‘i, the Housing Office, and Esaki Surveying for their steadfast efforts in raising awareness about the growing need for affordable housing on the island and getting us to this point today.”

Mayor Carvalho2_compactMayor Bernard Carvalho, Jr. was present at the ceremony to make opening remarks. “2014 promises to be a very good year for affordable housing projects and having the blessing for phase two of ‘Ele‘ele Luna is such a wonderful way to start the year. I commend Habitat for Humanity for their mission of providing affordable housing for our residents and the county is pleased to support their efforts with financial resources,” said Mayor Carvalho. “We can also look forward to breaking ground on Rice Camp Kupuna Housing in Līhu‘e, 60 units in the first phase, and Kolopua in Princeville, which will provide 44 workforce units.”

During remarks by Governor’s Liaison Wanda Shibata on behalf of Governor Neil Abercrombie, she read, “I commend Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity for providing hard-working families with the tools to become homeowners through its self build program.”

“It is the families’ goal to achieve the transformative effect of owning their own home and their willingness to work on it themselves that really makes this project work,” said Board President Thad Bond. Campaign Chair Fran McDonald shared remarks from Representative Daynette Morikawa who wrote that “We appreciate your contributions to enhancing the lives of our families.” McDonald went on to say, “Now is a critical time. With financing in place for the remaining infrastructure work, we need to keep the momentum strong and raise additional funds for the construction of the homes.”

Plans are being made to hold informational meetings about the subdivision and how to apply for homeownership during the month of February. Crews are expected to begin construction of homes by late summer this year. Increment A consists of 48 homes and Increment B consists of 59 homes, which will be built in groups of 12-15 per year. Those interested in submitting an application for homeownership can contact Catherine Shiningstar Kaauwai, family services manager, at 808-335-0296 ext. 117.

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About Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity

Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity is a local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, an ecumenical, nonprofit, Christian housing ministry. Its mission is to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world – one house at a time on Kaua‘i – and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Through volunteer and homeowner labor, and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses.

Kaua‘i Habitat features two main home building programs: New Home Construction Program and Repair and Renovation Program. Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity also operates ReStore®, which sells new and used discounted building and construction materials and household items. Proceeds from ReStore® support Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity’s mission to build decent, affordable housing. Since 1992 Kaua‘i Habitat has built 111 affordable homes and made critical repairs to 20 existing homes for Kaua‘i families whose household income is between 30-80% of the median Kaua`i income. Because the critical need for affordable housing continues to persist on our island, Kaua`i Habitat has pledged to scale up our capacity and build our next 100 homes before the next decade.

Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity is pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the Nation. We encourage and support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.

For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit, or follow us on FaceBook ( or Twitter (@kauaihabitat).

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Dellvyne Gandia receives the keys to her new home

Now Building in Anahola…

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We’re currently building two new homes on DHHL land in Anahola. Come join us! Crews are out at the site on weekends and most weekdays, but please CALL AHEAD TO SCHEDULE your volunteer time with our Volunteer Coordinator, Jessica Clabo.

Jess will match your skills to current or upcoming projects and fill you in on status of construction, required safety training, what to wear/bring to the job site, directions to the houses.

Contact her at or by phone or text to 808-482-1117.

Donation Drawing for “Home Sweet Home” handmade quilt

HomeSweetHomeQuiltOnBedDon’t miss your chance to win a beautiful handmade “Home Sweet Home” queen size quilt donated by No Nene Quilt Club for the benefit of Kaua`i Habitat for Humanity. Each quilt square depicts a unique and whimsical scene to celebrate “Home.”

*Tickets are $5 each or $20 for 5
(recommended donation)

Drawing will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Kaua`i Habitat’s Anniversary Sale Event at ReStore®.

Ticket bearers need not be present to win.

QuiltHabitat volunteers will have the Home Sweet Home Quilt on display and promote the drawing at The Shops at Kukui`ula on:

  • Wed., Jan. 8 3:30-6:00 pm, Kaua‘i Culinary Market
  • Sat., Jan. 11 6:00-9:00 pm, Art Walk at Kukui‘ula
  • Wed., Jan. 15 3:30-6:00 pm, Kaua‘i Culinary Market
  • Wed., Jan. 22 3:30-6:00 pm, Kaua‘i Culinary Market

Donation drawing tickets are also available at: 

  • Kaua`i Habitat for Humanity ReStore® in Hanapepe
  • Kaua`i Habitat for Humanity Administrative Office
  • Kalaheo Cafe & Coffee Co.
  • Wrangler’s Restaurant in Waimea
  • The Wine Shop in Koloa

Make your donation toward the Home Sweet Home Quilt Donation Drawing today!







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