The Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build was completed, for all intents and purposes, on Saturday. The five homes were finished ahead of schedule and the blessing was held Saturday. On Sunday, volunteers were putting on the finishing touches–washing the windows and minor touch ups.
The families have to wait until the final County inspections are finished, which should happen early this week. And then they have to move their furniture in. Patrick Hurney of Habitat for Humanity West Hawaii says they also have to execute their mortgages, which they will pay back to Habitat over 20 years. That will enable Habitat to have seed money for the next homes.
Saturday’s blessing was also a celebration and a mahalo for the hundreds of volunteers who spent as many as ten days helping build the homes for the five families who will be moving in. The families have been on the job site daily, doing chores as they could. Saturday they helped with a mahalo lunch. Around 100 volunteers had come from off island, including the mainland and international locations.
Habitat for Humanity West Hawaii spearheaded the undertaking, which is the most ambitious undertaking of any Hawaii affiliate of Habitat for Humanity–building five houses in ten days. This is the West Hawaii affiliate’s tenth year.