Kapolei Homesteader Gives Thanks at Groundbreaking of New Self-Help Home

Posted on Nov 26, 2016 in Community News, Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Hawaiian Homes Commission, Land Development Division, News Releases, Public Information, Public Notice, Slider

KAPOLEI, O‘AHU – Myrah Kaliko shared thanks for ‘ohana, volunteers, and the folks of Habitat for Humanity Leeward O’ahu who joined her today to break ground on her new home at the end of Kaneoneo Street in Kānēhili Hawaiian Homestead.

Myrah’s son Lopaka Wilson and her two young mo‘opuna, as well as her son-in-law DJ, who flew up from the Big Island, celebrated with her on this the first day of the build. Myrah’s daughters Maxine and Melissa are both on the mainland and sent their aloha from afar.

Myrah is a familiar face to many Leeward Coast keiki and ‘ohana. She has spent nearly 20 years working with the Leeward YMCA, and also with the Honolulu City & County Department of Parks and Recreation, and Holomua and Kapolei Elementary Schools.

Pastor Ku‘ulei Serna of Divine, Pastor and Truth in Nānākuli blessed the four corners of Myrah’s homestead lot before leading the group in breaking ground.

Over a dozen volunteers from Anytime Fitness, Valpak, and the U.S. Navy joined Myrah’s ‘ohana and the Leeward Habitat gang in erecting the dust screen on this first day of the build. The 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom home is expected to be complete by March 2017.

Habitat for Humanity works to deliver simple, decent affordable homes for families with limited income, and provide homeownership opportunities with no-interest mortgages. The partnership with Habitat allows the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands to offer beneficiaries homes at a price they can afford.

For those interested in donating their time this holiday season to help build Myrah Kaliko’s hale, please contact the Leeward Habitat office at 808-696-7882 or email info@leewardhabitat.org.