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People are the key at Habitat

Habitat works when everyone works together. From donors to volunteers to hard-working homeowners, here’s how we bring people together to build homes and communities.

How Habitat Works

Each and every day, people all over the world (and across Hawaii) partner with Habitat for Humanity to offer families strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. Through this partnership, each family has the opportunity to build and purchase their own decent home with an affordable non-profit mortgage. When hard-working families are surrounded and supported by determined volunteers and generous donors, a future full of opportunity is built

WINSTON-SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA, USA (03/07/17)- Michelle Milone, a sophomore from Villanova University, installs tile flooring during a Collegiate Challenge build in Winston-Salem, NC. ©Habitat for Humanity International/Jason Asteros

Why Homeownership Matters in Hawaii

The affordable housing crisis on Oahu is urgent. Working families in Hawaii face the highest housing costs in our nation. Even before the coronavirus pandemic, 1 in 5 households in Hawaii were spending half or more of their income on housing.

2020 State of Home Affordability in Hawaii

  • Homeownership is a catalyst to wealth building and financial stability.
  • Decent, affordable housing improves physical and mental health.
  • Homeownership leads to improved educational outcomes, better test scores and higher rates of high school graduation and college attendance.
  • Homeownership promotes civic and social engagement.
  • Affordable, sustainable homes reduce energy consumption, diminishing the energy burden for low-income households.

It takes a village.

Honolulu Habitat partners with organizations across our community to help hardworking families realize the dream of homeownership.

How Communities Benefit

When the people of a community are strengthened, the whole community is improved.

Habitat Homeownership Creates Property Tax Payers

Families who partner with Honolulu Habitat are active, invested families who care deeply for the communities they are a part of. As families settle into their new homes and become part of the tax base, the whole community is strengthened.

Habitat Connects People Directly to Those They Are Helping

Every person who volunteers  and donates  is a key part of changing a family’s future. Partner families aren’t people who are in faraway places – they’re individuals who live and work here in Hawaii.

Committed Home Buyers Improve Homeownership Base

When a community has a high rate of homeownership, a beautiful cycle of investment begins. This commitment to a better community means that everyone enjoys a stronger and healthier neighborhood.

Invested Homeowners Overcome Urban and Rural Blight

When invested homeowners focus their attention on keeping their home, community and aina in excellent condition, neighborhoods enjoy higher levels of safety, security, and pride of ownership.

Volunteering with Habitat Develops Team-Building Skills

There’s something special about serving together, and sharing an experience that is not only enjoyable, but makes a lasting impact for a family in need. Churches, businesses, organizations of all types and sizes can partner with us.

Help make the cost of home something we can all afford


Give a gift online or mail to:

Honolulu Habitat for Humanity
680 Iwilei Rd. #410
Honolulu, HI 96817


Sponsorship and team build opportunities are available for companies and organizations. Click here for details.


Donate gently used furniture, appliances, home goods, and more to our ReStore. Free pick up service available. Click here for details.


Swing a hammer, volunteer at an event, serve on a committee, and more!
Click here for details.

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