Archive for May 2014

Bon Dance Season is Here!

We were fortunate enough to have received an email describing the O Bon season and schedule from Shelly (Miyazaki) Gerardo. We found the information so useful and interesting that we thought many would be interested in learning about this beautiful tradition. Thank you Shelly for sharing the information with us and our readers.

It’s that time of year again! O Bon or Bon Dance season begins next week! Yay! Definitely a favorite time of year for so many of us. If you are new to O Bon or Bon Dance, here’s more information:

The O Bon season (June – August) is a special time for the Japanese to remember their ancestors and celebrate with them through dance.  At a Bon Dance, dancers dressed in traditional attire dance to folk songs accompanied by taiko drummers.  While this is a Japanese tradition, it is open to anyone who would like to participate, no traditional attire required.  Each Bon Dance will have a choba (special folded towel) available to wear while dancing.  It is customary to provide a small donation when getting your choba either at the entrance to the ring or at another location nearby.  In typical Hawaii fashion, food and game booths are provided for further enjoyment and is a fundraiser for each temple.  Bon Dances occur every Friday and Saturday evening during the summer months from approximately 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm (dancing begins at 7:30 pm).  Limited seating is provided so it’s always a good idea to bring a mat or beach chairs and an umbrella…trust me.

At the end of the O Bon season, our ancestors leave us again during the Toro Nagashi event at Kukui’ula Bay, usually held on the Sunday after the last Bon Dance.  Toro, or paper lanterns, are released into the water after all of the candles in each lantern is lit.  Each toro represents the soul of a deceased ancestor.  I will share more information on this event at a later date but please remember to call the Koloa Jodo Mission to reserve your toro early. They often sell out before their bon dance.

The official O Bon schedule is included below.  While the dances are all the same, each bon dance is different.  It truly is a community event and I hope you are able to attend/participate.  Whether you dance or simply watch, it’s something to see and enjoy.Bon Dance Schedule 2014

Great Items Available at ReStore!!!

ReStore_H_200clrThese are just a few of the great items posted on craigslist and available at our ReStore®!! Click each link for a detailed description of the item. Save $$$ and support a great cause!!

Martha Stewart Console Vanity

New Vanity Combos

Door systems

New Flood and Pathway lights

Banana Republic Gives Back

NCCC_060613_11ONE+ALL is a Banana Republic program that commits volunteer hours and fundraising support to organizations that make a difference in communities where their employees work and live. The four nonprofit agencies chosen to partner with Banana Republic are Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs and Dress for Success.

During the first weekend of June customers will receive 25% off their purchases with 5% of sales being donated to community organizations! Their goal is to raise $500,000! The program was launched in 2010, and since then employees have volunteered more than 178,000 hours of service! Customers can vote for which nonprofits they would like to benefit by visiting from May 26 to June 8. All four organizations will receive a donation, but the votes will determine the percentage each one receives.

Please support Banana Republic and Habitat for Humanity by shopping for a cause during the weekend of June 5 through June 8!

Volunteers Keep You Informed
















Here at Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity we rely heavily on our volunteers! In addition to building homes and hope, they also help keep the community informed by assisting in our mailings. This week we had six #volunteers gather at our administration office to get the word out about the activities currently going on in our organization. Thank you Mary Williams, Maggie Honjo, Betty Ihara, Vern Kauanui, Marian Eguchi and Howie Apilado. Where would we be without you!photo 2

Thanks to all who volunteered at the Visitor Industry Charity Walk

103On May 17th people from Kaua‘i joined others from all over Hawai‘i and walked to raise money for various non-profit agencies in the state. The 36th Annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk is the result of the Hawai‘i Lodging and Tourism Association’s decision in 1978 to expand from raising money for one local charity to a statewide event that now helps hundreds of charities in the state. All are invited to participate in the walk and fun activities associated with it, and all the money raised during the event stays in the state! A big Thank You to all those who volunteered and participated in this years event.Volunteer Sandy Laverty at Charity Walk Kick 2014 Off eventRoadside support crew

Great Items Available at ReStore!

ReStore_H_200clrThese are just a few of the great items posted on craigslist and available at our ReStore®!! Click each link for a detailed description of the item. Save $$$ and support a great cause!!


New Cabinet Inventory!! UPDATED**

16′ Metal Garage Door System


Philippines Update

Philippines 1Families in the Philippines share their stories of surviving Typhoon Haiyan. Great article supplied by Habitat for Humanity International. A good reminder of what is truly important, and how we all need to pull together in times like these.

Home Improvement Time

set tableIt’s spring and that means it’s home improvement time! If you haven’t been to our ReStore®, now is a perfect time to come and check things out. We are currently busting at the seams with inventory! Need bathroom fixtures? We currently have a large selection of sinks, toilets and cabinetry! Did someone say cabinets? We are currently in the process of receiving a large donation of solid wood cabinetry! Home improvement supplies are just a fraction of the items available at ReStore®. Come in and see what ReStore® has in store for you! All proceeds generated from ReStore® enable Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity to keep it’s programs running and provide affordable housing opportunities to income qualified households.

ReStore® Hours

Tue., Thu., Sat.     9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Wed., Fri.     Noon – 4:00 pm

Sun., Mon.     Closed

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Kaua`i Habitat seeking FT Warehouse/Retail Sales Assoc.

Current job openings at Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity:

Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Interested applicants may respond by sending resume or an email which includes work history and a brief paragraph describing  your qualifications. Send all inquiries to:

Warehouse and Retail Sales Associate – ReStore®

FULL TIME – approx. 35-37.5 hours per week, Tuesday – Saturday

The ReStore® Sales Associate is responsible for assisting in the day-to-day operation of ReStore®.  The individual must possess strong problem-solving skills, the ability to work in a fast paced environment, and the ability to multi-task.  Must be able to interact comfortably and smoothly with all types of individuals and remain consistent in maintaining a professional demeanor as well as promoting the mission and values of Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity.

Job Description:

  • Screen Donations – process incoming materials and place in appropriate departments
  • Merchandising –  organize and set up inventory for sale in an orderly and appealing manner
  • Loading and unloading vehicles-  receiving or delivering materials to/from store
  • Customer service – Assist customers with questions and merchandise as needed
  • Clean, test and display appliances, electronics and other equipment
  • Will  perform other duties as directed by store management

Job Requirements

  • Ability to lift at least 50 lbs- 75 lbs. on a regular basis with frequent bending, squatting and lifting.
  • Ability to safely move and store heavy items using dollies and hand truck.
  • Knowledge of hardware and building materials
  • Organized and self-directed.
  • Courteous, friendly with excellent customer service skills
  • Able to receive training on forklift operation.
  • Valid driver’s license with good driving record, and able to safely operate a box truck.
  • Ability to read and comprehend written instructions and communicate both orally and in writing effectively.
  • Basic computer skills to include word processing and web-based searches.

Calling all Volunteers

We are gearing up for the 2014 Build-a-Thon!!! Join us as we build homes and hope here on Kaua‘i! The event will take place July 11 through 13, 2014 in Anahola. Please contact us by email at or by phone at (808) 335-0296 ext. 152 to make a difference in our community.  It all begins with YOU, and together WE can make a difference for people in need here on Kaua‘i. Hope to see you soon!BAT flyer 2014