Homeowner Resources

Free Workshops

A great resource for those considering becoming a homeowner is Hawaiian Community Assets. They offer first time homebuyer education workshops for FREE! For more information visit www.hawaiiancommunity.net

Homeowners with Heart

Our homeowners never stop impressing us. As you know we are on the threshold of constructing 107 new homes in our ‘Ele‘ele Iluna subdivision. With this comes many first time homeowners. As those of you fortunate enough to be homeowners know, becoming a homeowner can bring a new level of stress. Well, our long term homeowners Uncle Leonard and Aunty Cecelia have volunteered to help our new homeowners deal with this new stress and have offered themselves as a support system for these new families. To them home is a place of refuge, hospitality and community. Our future homeowners will benefit greatly having these two to encourage them through the process and progress. MahoeFamilyInFrontHome

Homeowner Applicant Meeting!

homeowner meetingThis week we hosted our first homeowner applicant meeting for the ‘Ele‘ele Iluna Subdivision, Phase II, Increment A! These meetings are so exciting. It gives the future homeowners their first look at how building with Kaua‘i Habitat works, and it gives us our first look at the families we will be working alongside. Welcome Families! We look forward to building homes and hope on Kaua‘i with you!

Hawaii Life Real Estate to Showcase Kauai Habitat!

kukuiulalogo-venue-31-3047-18676Make sure you stop by Hawaii Life Real Estate’s display table at “Flavors of Kukui‘ula” this Friday, November, 21 2014 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm! We are excited they will be showcasing Kaua‘i Habitat and our programs, including our new “Club 84” where folks can make a monthly donation to help fund a home in ‘Ele‘ele. Hawaii Life will also be hosting the Hawaii Homeownership Center’s Homebuyer Education Class in the Hawaii Life office at Kukui‘ula beginning at 5:00 pm. Our own Development Director Milani Pimental will be speaking at the beginning of class to congratulate attendees on becoming educated on the homeownership process and provide information of the possibilities available at Kaua‘i habitat.Hawaii Life BusinessKakuiulaHawaii Life Logo

`Ele`ele Iluna Subdivision Lottery Results

Results of the `Ele`ele Iluna Subdivision lottery are now available! Click here to visit our `Ele`ele Iluna Subdivision Lottery Results page. You may also call the office at (808) 335-0296 ext. 111 or 117 during office hours from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm Monday-Friday or see full detail information below.


The completed application deadline was March 21 for the first 30 houses for Phase II in the `Ele`ele Iluna Subdivision. Thank you to everyone that made time to come to our mandatory orientation meetings to learn about the Habitat process and affordable housing opportunities in `Ele`ele.  415 applications were distributed, and 257 were fully completed and received by the deadline.

On March 25th, random numbers were computer generated for the numbers from 1 to 257. The results of the Lottery Ranking of applicants can be viewed or downloaded by clicking here: Lottery Ranking Order (you must have Adobe PDF reader to view).

  • STEP 1 – Find your Lottery Rank Order number

To find out what your Lottery Rank Order is, look for your assigned Application Number under the column marked “Your Application #” and refer to the Lottery Rank Order number directly to the right.

  • STEP 2 – I found my Lottery Rank Order number, now what?

If the “Lottery Rank Order” number assigned to “Your Application #” is lower than 100, you will be notified by mail to attend a meeting where we will discuss mortgage funding options with you and discuss our initial Selection Committee evaluation as to whether you meet the guidelines for Income and ability to qualify and repay a mortgage.

  • STEP 3 – I found my Lottery Rank Order number, BUT what if the number is higher than 100?

Your Lottery Rank Order will remain the same until all 30 homes have qualified families and homes are constructed. If we can not qualify 30 homeowners out of the first 100 in Rank order, then we will continue up the list from 101 until we have all 30 homeowners qualified.

If I’m selected as one of the 30, when would I know if I really WILL have a home in the subdivision?
This process is quite lengthy and takes time. You will be confirmed as one of our homeowners when you are fully qualified and have secured a mortgage loan to purchase your home and lot from Habitat or one of the lenders.

If you are one of the 257 that submitted an application and you are not selected or do not build one of the 30 homes we are selecting for now, you will have a chance to submit an application for the next group of homes we build. We will begin the whole process over again and new Lottery Rank Order will be issued at the time of the next selection process.

What if I’m not on your notification list yet?
If you are not currently on our notification list and would like to be, please sign-up on our website or call our office to have your information added. This would give you the chance to apply in our next group of homes that we build in the Subdivision.

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Habitat homeowners receive keys to their new homes at dedication ceremony in Anahola

New Habitat homeowners receive keys to their new homes at dedication ceremony in Anahola

Habitat homeowners at dedication and key passing ceremony in Anahola

Habitat homeowners at dedication and key passing ceremony in Anahola. Photo by Dale Gearhart.

Hanapēpē, Hawai‘i – Three new Habitat homeowners received the keys to their new homes yesterday afternoon at Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity’s house dedication and key passing ceremony at the Dept. of Hawaiian Homelands Pi‘ilani Mai Ke Kai subdivision in Anahola. Mayor Bernard Carvalho attended and addressed the crowd, congratulating the Fernandez, Napoleon, and Ka‘aihue-Paopao families on achieving their dream of homeownership and emphasizing the importance of affordable housing in our community.

Executive Director Stephen Spears highlighted the accomplishments and hard work of all the families and thanked volunteers and contributors for their dedication and support during the nine-month construction process. Homeowner Kristie Ka‘aihue-Paopao told guests about their construction process being a family effort – all three children were involved from greeting guests and cleaning up the jobsites to installing their own bedroom flooring. “We are so appreciative and grateful for all the support we’ve received,” said Ka‘aihue-Paopao. “It’s a new dawn for us.”

Spears noted, “We’re grateful for the generosity of our donors and volunteers. It’s with their help and the self-help model that we are able to build truly affordable homes. There are over 1,900 more families waiting to partner with Habitat. That’s why we’re working to build another 107 homes in Phase II of our ‘Ele‘ele Iluna subdivision.”

“We’re turning houses into homes,” said Jessica Clabo, volunteer coordinator. “This celebration is also very fitting for our supporters since it’s National Volunteer Week. We couldn’t have done this without the many helping hands who gave their time and efforts to build these homes.”

Present at the event were Habitat board members, supporters and volunteers, and representatives from Dept. of Hawaiian Homelands. Also in attendance were members of the Kauai Board of REALTORS® who earlier in the day showcased the Ka‘aihue-Paopao home as the last stop during their eastside Caravan of listings. Kau‘ai Habitat Capital Campaign Chair and REALTOR® Associate Fran McDonald said, “This was a very special Caravan. Thanks to sponsors Title Guaranty of Hawaii and Bank of Hawaii, we were able to pay tribute to the efforts of over 50 KBR members who helped begin construction on the homes and raised $8,500 in support of Kaua‘i Habitat.”

In the coming weeks, the affiliate hopes to issue a request for proposals to solicit bids for the selection of a general contractor for the ‘Ele‘ele Iluna Phase II project. Staff and volunteers continue efforts to raise $3

P.O. Box 28, ‘Ele‘ele, HI 96705 | www.kauaihabitat.org | T: 808.335.0296million in philanthropic contributions as part of Habitat’s capital campaign to help launch construction of the first 48 homes. Those interested in learning more about Kaua‘i Habitat’s campaign can contact Campaign Chair Fran McDonald at franinkauai@aol.com or Milani Pimental at 335-0296. To date, the organization has spent $2.5 million to complete infrastructure and home construction for 18 homes in Phase I; and $2 million to install the main water line, sewer line, highway improvements, detention basin, and Facilities Reserve Charges. Approximately $16 million in funds from sources such as sale of the lots and funding partners will be needed to complete both increments of Phase II, including remaining infrastructure work and house construction.


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 108 affordable homes and made critical repairs to 19 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.

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

Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane season runs from June-November in Hawaii. Hurricanes are tropical cyclones with sustained winds of 74 miles per hour or greater, and can exceed 155 miles per hour, severely effecting areas hundreds of miles inland. When Civil Defense officials issue a Hurricane Watch, a hurricane is possible within 48 hours. When a Hurricane Warning is issued, a hurricane is expected within 36 hours. In either case, stay tuned for additional advisories and if advised to evacuate, do so immediately.

To prepare your household, be sure to have your survival kit replenished and ready before summer begins. Check that you have all necessary items and tools that you’ll need to secure your home in the event of hurricane-force winds.

Suggested supplies:

Portable radio, extra batteries, flashlights, battery powered lanterns, matches, first aid kit, medications, ice chest, containers of water (min. 2 quarts per person per day), 5-day non-perishable food supply, sleeping bags, blankets, toiletries, sanitary items, extra clothing, fuel for stoves, grills, lanterns, masking tape for windows and glass doors, extra pet food.

Need to replenish your emergency supplies and preparedness kits hurricane season?

Check out discounted products for Kauai United Way supporters (promo code KauaiUW) through Family Storehouse.  To make this deal even better, Family Storehouse will donate $10 to Kauai United Way (Kauai Habitat is a partner agency) for each 72-hour kit sold.

Visit County of Kaua`i’s Civil Defense website for more information on hurricane preparedness procedures and what to do during and after a hurricane.”



Builder Bob’s Tips

Here’s some great homeowner tips from Builder Bob….

Builder Bob’s Tips


  • Does your project require a permit? The State of Hawai`i and the County of Kaua`i have different regulations for various types of work done at your home. Check with the County Building Division on the scope of your project to determine whether or not you need a permit. Visit http://www.kauai.gov/default.aspx?tabid=454 more information on obtaining a building permit.
  • When working on a construction project at your home, remember that staying hydrated is important, especially here in Hawai`i.
  • Are you painting a part of your house, interior or exterior? If you are using a small bucket of paint poured from your larger paint bucket and need to call it a day but have paint left over, never fear! You don’t need to pour it back into the bigger container, just put plastic wrap over your small bucket and refrigerate it for use the next day!
  • Want to give your interior walls a different, more unique look? Consider painting one wall as an accent wall. Choose one wall in your home to paint a different color from your other walls. Select a bold, vibrant color for a contemporary look.
  • Want to get creative? Try using some of these faux finishing paint techniques in one or more of the rooms at your home: strie, ragging, color washing, parchment, striping. You can do it yourself for only the cost of paint, and brushes/trays/buckets if needed. Home Depot has great brochures and books to show you how to take on a creative paint project. Or, check out the internet for more do-it-yourself sources.
  • Work safe! Always wear closed-toe shoes and clothing appropriate for your job. When working on your roof, work with a buddy or tie off to prevent serious accidents.
  • Check your tools and equipment routinely and maintain regularly. Doing so will prevent unnecessary injury from faulty tools and equipment.
  • Doing a big job at home? Make sure you have the proper equipment. Consult a local home improvement store for advice. If you don’t have the equipment to get the job done, save money by renting the tools instead of buying them.
  • Do you need to make a critical repair to your home? You may qualify for Kaua`i Habitat’s Repair and Renovation Program, which was launched in 2011. Click here for more information. Link to R&R page.

Healthy Food Prep & Nutrition Workshop hosted by Kekaha Community Garden

If you’re on the west side, you may want to check out a great series of culinary events in May, hosted by Kekaha Community Garden at Waimea High School’s culinary classroom. Healthy Food Prep Instructor Kelly Pleas and Nutrition Instructor Sharon de la Pena, registered dietician of Ho`ola La Hui will present “Healthy Food Prep & Nutrition Workshop Series” May 9, 16, 23, 30 from 5-8p. Must register for entire series – $10 suggested donation. Call 651-5197 or email kekahagarden@gmail.com.

Are you ready for homeownership?

Kauai Habitat for Humanity HouseAloha Kaua’i – are you ready for home ownership? Check out this site to get geared up: www.hawaiifamilyfinance.org

– Homebuyer & Financial Education Sessions
– Personalized One-on-One Counseling
– Grants of up to $12,500 toward Home Downpayment*

– Grants of up to $2,000 toward Debt Reduction*
– Grants of up to $500 toward Closing Costs
– Information on Available Family Tax CreditsEligibility requirements apply.