Habitat for Humanity Maui raises more than $11,500 at annual Build-a-thon

Habitat for Humanity Maui raised more than $11,500 during this year’s eighth annual Build-a-thon, which took place July 11 and 12 at the nonprofit’s three-story, 16-unit condominium project on Kahawai Street in Wailuku.

Habitat Maui, along with the Hawaii Habitat for Humanity Association and six other local affiliates across the state, participated in the fundraising and public awareness event.

More than 100 volunteers worked alongside Habitat’s partner family members on different projects including cutting and installing steel panels, constructing and installing door frames, moving and installing windows and sliding doors, wrapping windows in Tyvek, painting sprinkler system piping, installing cabinet backings and adding security systems to the front gate.

Aloha Mixed Plate, Round Table Pizza, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Roselani Tropics Ice Cream and Krispy Kreme donated food for lunches and desserts. Additional salads and desserts were provided by Habitat’s partner families. Roberts Hawaii also donated the use of a shuttle to take volunteers to and from the construction site.

“Overall, it was an amazing two days of fun and hard work, building homes with some great people for some great people,” said Max Tornai, director of development and community relations. “We accomplished a lot and it was humbling to see so many volunteers come together from many different parts of the community to help with such a good cause. We really appreciate and are grateful for everyone who participated.”

Habitat for Humanity Maui is currently accepting applications for homeownership at the condominium, which is slated to be completed by November. The project includes 12 one-bedroom, one-bathroom units measuring 595 square feet, and four two-bedroom, one-bathroom units measuring 874 square feet.

Habitat executives said approved applicants will receive a 0 percent interest mortgage and anticipate that the average mortgage payment will be between $1,000 and $1,500/month. Partner families are required to contribute 500 hours of “sweat equity” and successfully complete Home Maintenance and Financial Literacy courses.

“The completed project will be a genuine opportunity for homeownership for many who thought they could only dream of owning their own home. It is especially a great opportunity for kupuna, the disabled, veterans, individuals and young families just starting out,” said Tornai.

If interested in volunteering with Habitat for Humanity Maui, call Tornai at 242-1140.

HHM is currently scheduling construction volunteers Wednesdays-Saturdays, and other volunteers Mondays-Saturdays.