In the News

the garden islandNews of our ‘Ele‘ele Iluna Phase IIB Groundbreaking was highlighted in The Garden Island newspaper this past weekend. An especially interesting point was made regarding how our homeowners are building wealth by building with us. Read the article as it appeared in Saturdays edition by clicking here.

Groundbreaking at `Ele`ele Iluna

Today we celebrate! Soon infrastructure work will begin on Phase IIB of our `Ele`ele Iluna subdivision. This means more families on Kaua`i will have access to a safe, decent and affordable home. Today we held a groundbreaking ceremony to kick off this phase which will provide an additional 59 buildable lots in the subdivision. img_0327img_0332img_0330img_0339

The walls are going up!

IMG_6463The walls are going up on the first set of houses in Phase II of the ‘Ele‘ele Iluna subdivision!! Read all about it in this article published by The Garden Island.

What a Blessing

IMG_0866On May 7, 2015 a blessing was held to celebrate the completion of infrastructure work on Phase II of the ‘Ele‘ele Iluna subdivision. It was a great morning as our Director of Development, Milani Pimental, and Executive Director, Stephen Spears, welcomed the crowd of supporters. We were then treated to a few words from County Housing Director Kamuela Cobb-Adams. The blessing began with a reading from Bishop’s Warden Lyn Farman, and a Prayer for Cities and Communities was performed by Pastor Jim Stickney of the Episcopal Church on West Kaua‘i. Mahalo to all that attended and made tIMG_0857his such a special event.IMG_0862

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).

The start of a new journey for Debbie and Elvis Fitzgerald-Troche

Groundbreaking_picstThe start of a new journey for Debbie and Elvis Fitzgerald-Troche.

Creative minds and a generous donation from the Toulon family helped to bring them and the Fitzgerald-Troche `ohana together with Kaua`i Habitat. When the Toulon Family (Eric, Jeanne, Tiare, and Justin) weighed their options about what to do with a 2nd home they maintained as a rental property, the choice was clear – Habitat for Humanity.

Moved by Eric and Justin’s experience building in Louisiana with a Habitat for Humanity affiliate, the entire family came to the conclusion that donating their 3-bedroom 2-bath rental home was the right thing to do. They contacted Kaua`i Habitat for Humanity thinking that this gift may help with the `Ele`ele Iluna project. However, timing was just right for the contribution to be used as a new home for the Fitzgerald-Troche family who lost their home on Hawaiian Homelands to a devastating fire almost two years ago. As part of the Toulon family’s contribution, the home (originally constructed in 2006) will be moved from its current site over to the Anahola lot by Mike Faye of Kikiaola Construction.

Debbie and Elvis have already been hard at work at Kaua`i Habitat’s ReStore, racking up approximately 300 sweat equity hours toward their building agreement with the affiliate. Work will soon begin on-site at their Anahola lot to prepare for the moving of the house. The couple is excited, nervous, and so very thankful for the opportunity to become Habitat homeowners.

The generosity of Eric, Jeanne, Tiare, and Justin Toulon is certainly appreciated and serves as an inspiration to us all. Mahalo nui from all of us at Kauai Habitat!

Special Mahalo to Mayor Carvalho, Eric, Jeanne, Tiare, and Justin Toulon, KHFH Vice Pres Peter Wiederoder, Kahu Mokihana, Sandra Bafia, Bob McNamara, Catherine Kaauwai, Don and Verne for sharing in this special occasion for the Fitzgerald-Troche family.