Honolulu (July 30, 2018) — On Saturday, August 4th, Honolulu Habitat for Humanity will dedicate its newest home in Kaneohe. For Laureen Kukino, her perseverance and strength has paid off. Living in a home built in the 1920's that was falling down around her, she turned to Honolulu Habitat for Humanity for assistance. Ms. Kukino was committed to staying on her land and in her community. But, the house left to her by her mother was both a safety and health hazard.
"When I first met Ms. Kukino, she was standing in the doorway of her house with a sagging roof and holes in the floor making sections of the house almost unlivable. I wondered how on earth this house could still be standing. With a huge smile on her face she gave me a hug and welcomed us into her home and into her heart. As our Habitat team has gotten to know Ms. Kukino, we've learned about her endearing spirit, resilience and her contagious joy. I now realize the reason that house was standing was because her will simply would not let it fall. Ms. Kukino was stronger than that house", said Jim Murphy, Executive Director of Honolulu Habitat for Humanity.
Saturday's dedication will begin at 9am and is located at her new home located at 45-029D Waikalualoko Loop, Kaneohe, HI 96744. For the last six months, Ms. Kukino has been working side by side with Habitat's construction team and community volunteers building a new 2 bedroom house. Finally, a house as strong as the woman who will call it home.
This home is the 79th home completed by Honolulu Habitat in it's 30 year history. It also continues the organization's commitment to build 40 homes in the next 5 years!
Over the course of the build, over 4,000 volunteer hours were provided by over 500 local volunteers including those from local businesses like Bowers+Kubota, American Savings Bank, Ladies of Hawaii Truckin', Booz Allen, Hamilton, Central Pacific Bank, Nordic PCL, Discount Window and Doors, St. Ann's Church in Kaneohe and St. Peter's Church in Honolulu. In-kind donations from Discount Windows and Doors, ADMOR, Island Flooring, Hawaiian Cement, Tileco, Quality General, Whirlpool and Valspar helped reduce the cost of construction.
Funding for the cost of construction came from a combination of sources including the City and County of Honolulu HOME funds, City and County of Honolulu GIA, State of Hawaii GIA and the Castle Foundation.
Habitat homes are sold, not given, to approved homeowner applicants. Homeowners pay zero-interest monthly mortgage payments toward the full ownership of their homes. Moving into and owning a Honolulu Habitat home improves the quality of life for its residents, not only in the physical surroundings but also by instilling a sense of pride and responsibility that comes with homeownership.
Honolulu Habitat develops and funds each home project relying on volunteers, local businesses and contractors to receive in-kind donations of material and labor in order to reduce the overall cost.
ABOUT HONOLULU HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Honolulu Habitat for Humanity applications are reviewed by Honolulu Habitat's Family Selection Committee, using the selection criteria in a way that does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, ability, religion, national origin, family status or marital status, or because all or part of income is derived from any public assistance program.
If you would like more information on the Honolulu Habitat for Humanity, please visit their website at http://www.honoluluhabitat.org/