Archive for September 2017

Building Community

Our ‘Ele‘ele Iluna subdivision is more than just a bunch of houses, it’s a community! Thanks to Pomaika‘i Brown, our Volunteer and Homeowner Engagement Coordinator, neighborhood events like next months Halloween block party are on the rise. It’s important to us at Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity that we build more than just houses, we build communities where families can grow and thrive.

Welcome Vijay!!

This year we are fortunate enough to have four AmeriCorps volunteers serving their 10 1/2 months of service with Kaua‘i Habitat.  AmeriCorps is a program that engages adults in public service work that helps meet the critical needs in the community, and our fourth generous volunteer has arrived on island. Vijay began volunteering with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County in New Jersey. Having enjoyed that experience he jumped at the chance to serve a 10 1/2 month term with Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity and is looking forward to his time as an AmeriCorps member. Welcome Vijay! We are thrilled that you will be building homes and hope with us on Kaua‘i.

Welcome Lyric!

Join us in welcoming Lyric to the Kaua‘i Habitat team! Lyric is 20 years old, and a 2016 graduate from Montclair High School in Montclair, New Jersey. She has a passion for culinary and pastry arts, criminal justice, history, and exploring different cultures. She is known by others to be compassionate, vigilant, confident and self-aware. From 2016-2017, Lyric served as a Class 23 AmeriCorps NCCC member in the Southwest Region. She has worked different projects as well as lived in Colorado, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Missouri.

Her most memorable and rewarding project during her term was while working with Habitat for Humanity in San Antonio, Texas where she helped complete 14 new homes, 2 rehabs, landscaping, and helped prepare for the Dedication Day Ceremony. After completing her service year, Lyric knew that Habitat for Humanity was where she wanted to be for a longer term than just three short months. This brought her to search for jobs as a Construction Crew Leader, and secure her assignment with Kauai Habitat for Humanity. AmeriCorps is a program that engages adults in 10 1/2 months of public service work that helps meet the critical needs in the community. Mahalo Lyric for stepping up to the challenge. 

Welcome Nikita!

We would like everyone to offer a warm welcome to the newest member of the Kaua‘i Habitat ‘ohana! Nikita Wilson is an AmeriCorps service member who will be spending the next 10 1/2 months serving as a construction Crew Leader building homes and hope with us. AmeriCorps is a program that engages adults in public service work that helps meets the critical needs in the community. Nikita is 26 years old and from Hartford, Vermont. She is a graduate from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Nikita loved Charlotte so much that she stayed to complete a year of AmeriCorps with Habitat for Humanity at Charlotte. There she fell in love with Habitat’s mission and the AmeriCorps program, which led to her decision to serve another year. Nikita chose to serve in Hawai‘i after completing a Global Village trip this past February and becoming enamored with the ‘Live Aloha’ life style. Nikita is very easy going, and enjoys hiking, kayaking, traveling, and sporting events. She has also been known to have random jam sessions; “Off key karaoke is my thing! I look forward to meeting and working with you all, Cheers!”

Welcome Back Alan!

We are so excited to welcome back AmeriCorps service member Alan Clinton as a construction Crew Leader! AmeriCorps members volunteer 10 1/2 months  to providing public service work that help meet the critical needs in the community. Alan is currently working towards completing his Master’s degree in Human Geography & Geopolitics at Lund University, Sweden. He began volunteer service during high school and soon found that those efforts related to building and conservation were the most rewarding. When he arrived in West Lafayette, IN, for his bachelor’s degree six years ago, he was very fortunate to find a very dynamic and ambitious team involved in the Purdue Habitat for Humanity Chapter. Alan was quickly convinced that he could make a meaningful contribution to this effort. Reflecting on his volunteer service, Alan noted, “The program clearly has an immense impact on people’s lives, not only for the prospective homeowner, but most critically, for all those who participate. Although we are each learning construction skills, the effort helps each individual gain ‘life skills’ related to teamwork and leadership.” During his four years in West Lafayette as an active member of the Purdue chapter, Alan held three officer positions: Construction Chair, VP of Operations, and Chapter President. He looks forward to beginning his second AmeriCorps service year with Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity, and we couldn’t be happier to have him return.