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Hard Hats and High Heels: where construction meets couture

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Honolulu Habitat for Humanity presents the very first Hard Hats and High Heels event at Cafe Julia at the YWCA Oʻahu in Downtown Honolulu. On Saturday, April 30, the intimate, red-carpet event will celebrate Habitat’s new 5-year strategic plan and unite community members, Hawaiʻi’s ambassadors as well as business and community leaders, who are committed to building affordable homes for low-income families on the island of Oahu. Guests will enjoy delectable bites, delicious signature cocktails featuring Koʻolau Distillery, brews by New Belgium Brewing and JuneShine, live entertainment by Island Kings Band, a silent auction, interactive experiences, and more.

The inaugural Hard Hats and High Heels event will honor Pamela Nitta, Special Projects Division Manager at Nordic PCL Construction, for her leadership and commitment to advancing Habitat’s mission on Oahu. Nittas passion for construction goes back to her roots on Kauaʻi, where she played as a child on an old buildozer owned by her grandfather. Today, she leads Nordic PCLs Special Projects Division which is a team of 20-plus members focused on providing exceptional preconstruction and construction services for clients in various market sectors. Nordic PCL and Honolulu Habitat for Humanity have a storied history of working together to build strong and stable communities on Oʻahu. 

In January, Honolulu Habitat unveiled a 5-year plan to triple the number of families served annually.

“As we look to serve our mission with greater impact, it is important to reflect on the solid foundation that exists with our community partners. Our April 30th event is as much about celebrating how far we have come as it is inspiring each other to go even further. Our strategic plan is the most comprehensive commitment our organization has ever made to serve this mission and we can’t wait to get started.” said Jim Murphy, Chief Executive Officer, Honolulu Habitat for Humanity.

After nearly 35 years, Honolulu Habitat remains the only organization on the island of Oʻahu that provides comprehensive affordable homeownership opportunities to low-income families. Furthermore, this organization consists of a simple group – mostly volunteers – who are builders and changemakers in the island’s community. It is only with the support of generous patrons that Honolulu Habitat can continue to transform the lives of so many across Oʻahu. This event will also invite a significant number of companies to join this meaningful movement. Event partners include Nordic PCL Construction, Honolulu Builders LLC, Maryl Group Construction, Hensel Phelps, American Savings Bank, Ahe Group, First OnSite and Pan Pacific Partners. Limited sponsorships are still available.

This spring will mark the first of such an event for the Honolulu Habitat. By centering this event around the themes of builders and teamwork, Honolulu Habitat honors the community members who strive to strengthen our communities. The event offers these hard workers an evening of elegance and excitement.

Although trading in work boots for evening wear, attendees will still be working towards the betterment of their island community by raising funds to construct affordable housing and garner hope. With the success of events such as these, Honolulu Habitat will continue to work towards its mission of achieving a world – and island – where everyone has adequate housing and hope for a brighter, more equitable future.

Tickets to the inaugural Hard Hats & High Heels event on Saturday, April 30 are $125 per person. To learn more or to purchase a ticket, please visit

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