Bringing the Kaopuiki Family Home

Molokai Habitat for Humanity opens the doors for their 12th house.

A teary-eyed Halona and Gay Kaopuiki thanked all those who came to celebrate their new home with them on July 26.

By Zalina Alvi

After five months of construction, Halona and Gay Kaopuiki have finally moved into their new house built by Molokai Habitat for Humanity.

“All the people who helped, I’ll always cherish these people for the rest of my life,” Halona said.

The couple was welcomed into their new home on July 26 with a house blessing courtesy of Aunty Kahu Auna Arakaki and a potluck enjoyed with members of Molokai Habitat, `ohana and friends.

Molokai Habitat Executive Director Jean Han presented the couple with a free computer from the organization, along with a bounty of house-warming gifts from well-wishers.

The house is the first two-bedroom home and 12th overall since 1998 for the organization, which raises funds and receives grants to build homes for islanders who need them.

Planning for the next build-a-thon on Aug. 23 for Nani Duvauchelle is already underway. Anyone interested in helping can contact Han at 560-5444.


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