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Kauai, Hawaii

December 26, 2012 to January 5, 2013

This team will bring in the new year on the sunny island of Kauai! The Garden Island is a small, beautiful, rural island where Habitat for Humanity is an efficient, effective and well-organized affiliate that loves to host teams! We will enjoy cooking out some evenings on the beach, taking hula lessons at the beach from a local, visiting a former cane plantation homestead, exploring the Little Grand Canyon and building homes with beautiful people! This will not be your typical tourist exposure to our 50th state – it will, indeed, be much more.

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. The average single-family home price is $477,500 and the median income for a family of four is $56,100. 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.

Learn more at

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

December 26, Wednesday – arrive at Lihue Airport.
December 27, Thursday – orientation; half-day work.
December 28, Friday – work.
December 29, Saturday – work.
December 30, Sunday – work option.
December 31, Monday – New Year’s Eve day – beach, celebration local-style!
January 1, Tuesday – Waimea Canyon, Palihole Beach.
January 2, Wednesday- work.
January 3, Thursday – work.
January 4, Friday – work, farewell dinner – late departures for some.
January 5, Saturday – optional whale watching cruise, rest of departures 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
You’re in good hands with Bob and Leslie Bell, as this will be their 42nd team. You can read more about them and this team on their personal website:

If interested, submit your application and then write the team leaders at to let them know you did this and to ask any questions not answered on their website. They will be leading a team in Nepal Sept 23-Oct 20, so there will be no replies until after that.

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

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