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Maui, Hawaii

January 22, 2011 to February 1, 2011

Come to Maui for the waves and sun and to help families that cannot afford a place to live due to the high costs! We will be a team of sixteen that loves to work hard and play hard! The build will include seven days of building, two days of travel and two days of fun. We will snorkel, hike, watch whales and visit botanical gardens. Join us and have the experience of a lifetime!

About Maui
Maui is the second largest island in the state of Hawaii. The island is 48 miles long and 26 miles wide—an area of nearly 729 miles, including 120 miles of coastline. In fact, 76 percent of the island is within five miles of coastline. A variety of ethnicities make up the community, including Asian, Caucasian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders, Hispanic, Native American and African American. Tourism is the largest industry in Maui and employs nearly 75 percent of the population. Agriculture is the second largest industry in Maui and includes a few large companies and a variety of smaller specialty farms.

Many residents of Hawaii suffer from the combination of a high cost of living, low wages and high unemployment rates. These factors contribute to a critical need for affordable housing in the islands. The housing need in Maui is primarily affiliated with tsunami-stricken areas.

About Habitat for Humanity Maui
Habitat for Humanity Maui’s mission is to build clean, decent, simple single-family homes. Individuals, churches, corporations and foundations donate the money and materials, and volunteers and partner families build homes together. The homeowner’s fixed, no-interest mortgage payments go into Habitat for Humanity Maui’s Humanity Fund to be used by HFH Maui to build more homes.

Habitat for Humanity Maui was incorporated in 1996 and officially became an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International in 1997. It was an all-volunteer organization for the first five years and hired its first executive director in 2003. During the first several years, the affiliate did several renovations and worked vigorously to spread the word about Habitat’s mission. In 2003, HFHM built its first house, bringing six people directly out of homelessness into a simple, decent home.

Habitat for Humanity Maui follows the principles of Habitat for Humanity International by selling homes to low-income families at a no-interest and no-profit basis. They serve families that are between 25 percent and 60 percent of the median income for Maui County. Families are required to attend homeowner education classes, budget counseling and credit counseling. HFHM believes that families need a hand up, not a hand out. Learn more at

Types of construction for volunteers
Construction for teams to Maui is typically a “post to pier” construction in a plantation house design. Teams are encouraged to bring basic tools, such as a hammer, nail apron, tape measure and pencil.

Standard itinerary
Day 1 (Saturday, January 22): Greeted at the Maui airport by team leader; dinner and team meeting at hotel, relax and rejuvenate from flight.
Day 2 (Sunday, January 23): Orientation; beach and Molokai snorkel trip; whale watch and sea turtle viewing; dinner.
Days 3–8 (Work days, Monday–Saturday): Breakfast at the hotel before traveling to work site; work from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. with lunch on site; beach time most nights. Some special events throughout the week include, but are not limited to, visiting a taro patch; going to a luau; shopping; hiking; and free time.
Day 9 (Sunday): Road to Hana trip for the day with tour of botanical garden to view plants that are exclusive to Maui.
Day 10 (Monday, Jan 31): Last work day; farewell dinner.
Day 11 (Tuesday, February 1): Departure day.

The team will be staying at the Aston Maui Lu Hotel. There will be two people to a room that includes a double bed and a private bath. There is a pool on site.

There are bathroom facilities at the work site as well as fresh water and cold drinks. All tools and materials are provided.

Trip cost
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village trip cost.)

Team leader
Valerie Welker is a seasoned team leader for Habitat for Humanity GV builds. She has led trips to Hungary, Romania, Poland, South Africa and Portugal. Additionally, she has participated in builds in Nelson and Dunedin, New Zealand. She is married to a wonderful guy and is the mother of a darling two-year-old girl.

For more information about this build, please contact Valerie at or 918-630-8127.

To apply for a GV trip, please follow the Application Instructions.

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