Habitat for Humanity in Hawaii Reopens to Continue Their Mission

Honolulu Habitat for Humanity ReStore Staff and Volunteers.

Habitat for Humanity, like majority local businesses, took a hard hit after the additional extension of the Stay-At-Home order. After two months of shutting down businesses, seven Habitat ReStores across the state are now back in business, but are experiencing a financial strain in re-opening. The mission in seeking to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope will continue, even during the Coronavirus.

All ReStores in Hawaii are following CDC protocols and requiring everyone to wear a mask before entering. Most ReStores, with an exception of Kauai, are now open state-wide with temporary business hours. Kauai Habitat ReStore opens on Thursday, June 5th. To learn more about your local ReStore’s business hours and services, call or visit your local ReStore’s website here.

A ReStore, one of Habitat’s biggest sources of income, sells donated items such as usable building materials, gently used furniture, working appliances, tools, lighting, and other household goods to the general public. The proceeds are used to fund Habitat’s mission of partnering with low-income families to build decent affordable for-sale homes that they can afford.

Coronavirus Impact

Since the Stay-at-Home order, Habitat in Hawaii canceled and postponed all of its fundraising events and shut down all ReStores.

  • ReStores in Hawaii have lost an estimated total of $452,714 in sales.
  • Habitat affiliates’ fundraising events remain canceled and postponed until 2021. This will put them at a loss of potential funds of more than $150,000 that could have been raised.

With such a huge loss of these funds, it becomes a set back for Habitats’ ability to build homes–leaving families to wait much longer for their homes during this pandemic.

How You Can Help

  1. Shop at your local ReStore .
  2. Donate directly to your local Habitat for Humanity on their website.
  3. Contribute to the Habitat Affiliate Emergency ReStart-Up Fund, hosted by Hawaii Habitat for Humanity.
  4. Visit this page and see many more ways on how you can get involved.

Thank you for reading and remember to stay within six-feet with aloha!