The Naone-Bailey Family
Wallace Bailey is looking towards the future as he awaits the construction of his new Habitat home. “You know, I’m going to be 70 in a few years,” he says, “so this is really for the kids. It’s good for them to move forward with their life.”
When Wallace was drafted into the Army, he left Hawaii for a journey that would take him to South Carolina, Virginia, and eventually to the jungles of Vietnam. After 2 tours in Vietnam, one with the 73rd Airborne and one as a member of the military police, Wallace returned home to be stationed at Schofield Barracks. While he was at Schofield, he met Fran Naone, and they married in 1972. Fran’s father had transferred his DHHL lease to Fran along with the home on the property. The home had been built in 1962, and Wallace, Fran, and their children moved into the home after her father transferred the lease. The home as it stands now is termite eaten and falling apart, and even Wallace admits it’s becoming an eyesore in the tight-knit Papakolea community. After seeing a family member’s Habitat home, the Gallardes in Waimanalo, Wallace and his son Michael applied together for their Habitat home.
Wallace and Fran currently live with their daughter Jackie, their son Michael, and Jackie’s son Zackary.They completed their sweat equity by working on the Vasconcellos home and working in the Honolulu Habitat office, and are waiting for construction to begin. Having seen the other Habitat homes, his family knows they have a wonderful new home to look forward to.“Habitat for Humanity is the way to go,” says Wallace, laughing. “If you qualify for a Habitat home, you should definitely go that-a-way!”