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Affordable Housing Work Close to Home for DHHL Director

Habitat for Humanity is building homes and building hope through a partnership with the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands in Hawaii. Pending a DHHL contract, Habitat is set to build many more homes in the next year.

Waimanalo, HI, January 22, 2010 --( “This is a great day and an even greater beginning," said Department of Hawaiian Home Land Director Kaulana Park. He spoke to a crowd gathered to celebrate the dedication of Pualani Ne’s new home in Waimanalo, built and financed through a partnership with DHHL and Honolulu Habitat for Humanity.

That Mr. Park participated in the celebration was not unusual. His connection to the property, however, was an unexpectedly special one. “This home has personal meaning to me as this was my grandparent’s home and a place where I was raised.” He suspected the property was possibly his grandparents’ when he saw the address in an announcement from Honolulu Habitat for Humanity. Pualani Ne is Mr. Park’s cousin.

DHHL’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity in Hawaii transforms lives and communities by building decent homes for low-income families. Mr. Park’s connection was evidence that good work sometimes has a way of coming back to you.

Habitat for Humanity in Hawaii has built nearly 250 homes over the past 20 years. A pending DHHL contract with the statewide Hawaii Habitat for Humanity Association will provide funds for 20 more in the next year.

Hawaii Habitat for Humanity believes that stable housing is critical to a sustainable community and it is their vision that all people in Hawaii have housing in which they can thrive.

"Habitat is a great organization that provides homeownership opportunities for those who thought it was only a dream. This show there is a way and that you cannot give up on your dreams,” says Kaulana Park, DHHL Director.

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Kathleen Hasegawa
Hawaii Habitat for Humanity

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