Last Wednesday, there were five slabs at the Homes at Lai’opua waiting for the Habitat for Humanity West Hawaii Blitz Build to begin. The ambitious plan was to build five homes in ten days. Today, the homes are there–not quite complete, but the walls are up, the houses are painted, and they are definitely on their way to being homes for the five receiving families.
Patrick Hurney, Executive Director of Habitat West Hawaii, said hundreds of volunteers have shown up every day to work on the homes. Last Saturday, there were 500. The project has been meeting all county inspections.
Edwina Fujimoto will live in one of the houses with two of her five children, but the home will be the base for her entire family. She said she never thought she’d get a home of her own. Once the house is completed, Fujimoto will sign a mortgage and pay Habitat back for the cost of the house, $110,000 over 20 years.
Hurney says the project is actually ahead of schedule. The completed homes will be blessed this Saturday at 11. The families should be able to move in, after the homes get cleaned up and the landscaping is finished, about two weeks later.