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Habitat for Humanity to open Maui ReStore

By Staff | Oct 7, 2010

Proceeds from the ReStore go directly toward building Habitat for Humanity homes here on Maui.

WAILUKU — On Saturday, Oct. 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the general public is invited to visit Habitat for Humanity Maui’s ReStore.

The one-stop retail store located at 970 Lower Main St. in Wailuku features new, used and recycled construction supplies, equipment and design materials.

“The new building and location is great,” said Karen Motooka, ReStore manager for Habitat for Humanity Maui.

“The new ReStore offers us a lot more retail space, and we are in a prime, convenient location right on Lower Main Street.”

The first 100 shoppers will receive a discount coupon. The day’s festivities will feature refreshments, including coffee, malasadas, soft drinks, hot dogs, popcorn and shave ice.

From 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Lowe’s will host a free “How to Tile” class, and from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Home Depot with host a “How to Build It” class.

The ReStore is open Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds from the ReStore go directly toward building Habitat homes here on Maui.

Habitat for Humanity Maui’s ReStore accepts donations of new and slightly used construction and remodeling materials and resells them to the general public at 50 percent or below retail.

There are over 650 ReStores in North America, one in New Zealand and five in Hawaii.

Habitat For Humanity Maui is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing organization.

Habitat for Humanity has been building homes in Hawaii since 1988, when members of a local church formed the first affiliate in Honolulu.

Today, seven affiliates build homes with low and very low-income families across the state.

The Hawaii Habitat for Humanity Association was created in 1996 to increase resources and visibility for the affiliates through fund-raising, partnerships, networking and advocacy for more affordable homes.

Over the last 20 years, the seven Habitat affiliates have built more than 250 homes. The goal is to build 200 more in the next five years.

Habitat for Humanity Maui was founded in 1997. Its mission is to eliminate housing and homelessness on Maui by building simple, decent homes in partnership with families in need.

The charity works in partnership with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. The houses are then sold to those in need at no profit and with no interest charged.

Volunteers provide most of the labor, and individual and corporate donors provide money and materials to build Habitat houses. Partner families themselves invest hundreds of hours of labor — “sweat equity” — into building their homes and the homes of others.

Their mortgage payments go into a revolving Fund for Humanity that is used to build more houses.