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New partner family for Habitat affiliate

The Martin family (Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity)


Kealoha and Deanna Martin and their four children are the newest addition to the Habitat for Humanity West Hawaii Ohana. They recently moved into a Habitat home in Ocean View.

The family was living in dire conditions.

“It was really tough at night,” Kealoha said. “I would tuck my kids to sleep in the van, and they would ask me, ‘Daddy, when will we get a house with a shower and bedrooms?’ I would tell them that Jesus was working on that for us and they believed every word. It was their faith, prayers from our family and friends, and Habitat that made this happen.”

“Habitat West Hawaii is thrilled that we were able to work with the Martin family to provide safe, decent, affordable housing for their family. Their hard work in qualifying as a habitat family and their ability to provide not only “sweat equity” hours but also to make payments on a 20 year, no interest mortgage, is what makes this program successful,” said Diane Quitiquit, Habitat board president.

“Funding from individuals, foundations, agencies and corporate donations along with ReStore profits make Habitat home building possible,” Quitiquit said.

To date, Habitat West Hawaii has completed the building of nine homes with an additional two under construction this summer. Habitat plans to complete the building of 10 homes in the next 18 months with a “Blitz Build” scheduled for September 2012, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Habitat West Hawaii affiliate.

To find out how you could be a Habitat partner family, call 331-8010 or visit

About Habitat for Humanity West Hawaii

Habitat for Humanity West Hawaii is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization.

Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing.

In addition, Habitat for Humanity West Hawaii’s ReStore offers a wide variety of new and gently used home improvement products at discounted prices of up to 90 percent off retail value. Community donations for Habitat ReStore are always welcome.

ReStore accepts clean Furniture, Building Materials, Working Appliances, Flooring, Doors, Windows, Cabinets, Sinks/Toilets, Lighting, Home Furnishings, Electrical, Hardware, and Plumbing Supplies.

Proceeds generated through these generous donations help build homes for Habitat families.

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