Community Comes Together to Build Tiny Homes for Puna Evacuees
Habitat for Humanity Hawaii teamed up with Hope Services, Scared Heart Church and community members and organizations to build tiny homes as temporary housing for residents impacted by the Kīlauea eruption in the Lower East Rift Zone.
Community members turned out to volunteer their time and skills to help build 21 transitional homes for Puna evacuees.
The site—a lot behind Sacred Heart Church—consists of 21 tiny homes, a common area in a pavilion, bathrooms and showers.
HPM Building Supply donated 21 10-by-12-foot sheds to be used as temporary housing.
“With so many hands, so many agencies and community help, it’s going crazy and coming together, so it’s awesome,” stated Bronson Haunga from Haunga General Contracting.
He said they hope to have the project competed by June 15, 2018.
Sterling Lindsey said he and a group of friends came to Pāhoa to volunteer.
They were among approximately 150 others who came out to volunteer their skills and time.
“There is lots of room to help,” said Haunga. “All next week there are projects going on. If you have ever thought about giving service and ministering to people who are in need, now is the time.”
For more information on how to get involved in Habitat for Humanity’s recovery efforts for Puna, visit www.habitathawaiiisland.org, where volunteers can sign up specifically for Puna recovery projects and/or donate to the recovery fund.
In addition to volunteer efforts, Habitat for Humanity is asking for donations of funds and supplies that are needed to aid in the recovery efforts.
Listed below are the most need items at this time:
- Bottled Water
- Bags of Rice
- Food Storage Containers
- Large Clear Plastic Containers with Lids to Protect Belongings
- Foldable Futons
- Mosquito Spray
- Food: Canned or Non-Perishable
- Dry Shampoo
- Baby Soap
- Feminine Products
- Razors/Shaving Cream
- Toilet Paper
- Paper Plates
- Plastic Ware
- Laundry Soap
- Dish Soap
- Band Aids
- Clean Towels, Blankets, Pillows
- Pet Supplies
- Gas Masks
- Tents and Pop-up Tents
- Gift Certificates
All of these items can be dropped off at any of Habitat for Hawai‘i’s three ReStore locations in Kona, Waimea and Hilo.
- Kona at 73-4161 Ulu Wini Place, Bay 1
- Waimea at 65-1259 Kawaihae Road
- Hilo at 863 Iolani Street
Funds can be donated online to aid in the long-term recovery of homes destroyed by the lava.