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Our vision is an island – and a world – where everyone has a decent place to live

Founded in 1988 as an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Honolulu Habitat has served more than 450 individuals across Oahu through new home construction and critical home repairs. We rally thousands of volunteers every year to become part of the solution to Hawaii’s affordable housing crisis.

our approach

No matter who we are or where we come from, we all deserve to have a decent life. We deserve to feel strength and stability day after day. We deserve to be self-reliant and to know we have the power to take care of ourselves and build our own futures.  


At Habitat for Humanity, this is what unites us. Through shelter, we empower. Our shared vision is a world – and island – where everyone has a decent place to live.


Because you, me, we – we’re all human. And every single one of us deserves the opportunity for a better life.  

our method

In seeking truly transformed communities, Habitat views bringing people as an essential process. When we work together, statistics become faces with names, stereotypes are broken, and everyone has the opportunity both to give and receive. Only then is lasting change likely to occur.

Everyone deserves a decent place to live, and everyone can do something today to help make that possible for another family.

“Building a house together with Honolulu Habitat for Humanity was the start of our foundation in making our dream become a reality of being homeowners. Having a home brought peace in knowing we will always have a place to create lifelong memories for our family.”

–  Shanti Gomes, Honolulu Habitat Homeowner

The Gomes Ohana on their Home Dedication Day

All are welcome

Honolulu Habitat for Humanity has an open-door policy: We invite you to help us build, no matter your race, religion, age, gender, political stance, or any other distinction. If you affirm the universal need for decent and affordable housing, then you’ll find a home in our mission.

Though the foundation of Honolulu Habitat is built on the principles of a Christian ministry, we never proselytize. This means that we do not ask our families, volunteers, or supporters to accept the tenets of any particular faith. Habitat welcomes partners from all backgrounds to better serve people of all backgrounds, regardless of race, religion, or creed.

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