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Kauai, Hawaii

November 27, 2012 to December 6, 2012

Please join us for an unforgettable build in the motherland of natural beauty, tradition and serenity. Hawaii never fails to stir the senses and touch the hearts of her visitors. Please join me in giving back to this beautiful place by building homes for families in need.

About Kauai
Kauai is a rural tropical island, the northern most of the Hawaiian Island chain, with a population of approximately 56,000. The island is small, at only 25 miles wide and 33 miles long. Kauai’s main economic industries are agriculture and tourism. Kauai is an ethnically diverse community with Hawaiian, Chinese, Filipino, Black, Caucasian, Samoan and Tahitian residents.

With the influx of affluent tourist and vacation homes and rentals, however, the cost of living and housing in Kauai has increased dramatically. There is a consistent shortage of housing for local residents and an even more dramatic shortage of affordable housing for low-income families. Most working-class families cannot afford to own their own homes.

The island also suffers a large homeless problem, with many families living on the beach, in their cars, in carports or with relatives. Working-class families also cannot find homes to rent, and purchasing a home is not possible.

About Kauai Habitat for Humanity
Kauai Habitat for Humanity’s mission is to eliminate substandard housing, and in the process, improve communities. Kauai Habitat was formed in 1993 and has built more than 100 homes. It has launched the Ele’ele Project, which will include an additional 100 homes.

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Types of construction for volunteers
A variety of new construction awaits volunteers. The houses are wood frame structures commonly found in the United States.

Standard itinerary

Saturday, Nov. 27: Arrive at Lihue Airport.
Sunday, Nov. 28: Day of rest and touring.
Monday, Nov. 29-Saturday, Dec. 4: Build.
Sunday, Dec. 5: Cultural activities; Mahalo dinner on Sunday.
Monday, Dec. 6: Departure from Lihue Airport.

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

Build a better world: Take the Global Village Challenge
Habitat for Humanity International is challenging Global Village volunteers to make an even greater impact on the global issue of poverty housing. We are asking all GV teams to help us raise an additional $1.1 million in the coming year to support Habitat’s building projects worldwide. Take up the challenge! Join us in sharing our story and building a better world!

Team leaders

Jennifer Hsu loves nothing more than traveling with a purpose and within the context of a strong community. She frequently travels to Hawaii on holiday and is excited to be returning to give back to this magical place. This is her third build with Habitat for Humanity, her first two being in northern Portugal.

Jennifer Hsu

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

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