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Rotary clubs present $20,000 Blitz Build check


The Rotary Club of Kona, Rotary Club of Kona Sunrise and Rotary Club of Kona Mauka recently presented Habitat for Humanity West Hawaii a $20,000 down payment check for the upcoming Lai Opua Blitz Build.

The $20,000 down payment is the first installment of monies that the Rotary Clubs have raised towards their $85,000 fundraising goal.

Each year the local Rotary clubs focus on a particular project and this year they decided to join forces to support Habitat for Humanity West Hawaii’s Lai Opua Blitz Build.

“Our mission is to empower families, build community and hope through home ownership for low income partner families. We are thankful for community support and partners like our local Rotary clubs who are helping to see that West Hawaii families have safe, decent and affordable housing,” Habitat for Humanity West Hawaii Board President Paul Horner said.

Rotary’s $85,000 pledge will go toward a home to be built for Terrie Mamac and her family.

“This house is special as one of our Rotarians works at First Hawaiian Bank with Terrie. First Hawaiian Bank is also a major sponsor of our mission,” Rotary Club of Kona President Alan Clark said.

The Lai Opua Blitz Build is slated from Sept. 12-22 and will be building five homes in 10 days. In preparation for next month’s Blitz Build foundation forms have been laid and concrete is scheduled to be poured later this month.

Tom Whittemore is the Blitz Build project chairman and Steve Machesky, owner of KCPM Inc. is the project manager.

To volunteer or to make a donation contact Habitat for Humanity’s West Hawaii office at 331-8010 or email:

Habitat For Humanity West Hawaii is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization.

Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people in need to build and renovate safe, decent, affordable housing. The houses then are sold to those in need at no profit and with no interest charged.

Habitat for Humanity West Hawaii was granted affiliation with Habitat for Humanity International in 2002. Its main program is and has always been its home building program.

Since its founding in 2002, they have completed 12 new homes and one major home rehab as well as several home repairs for seniors. It has also helped tp renovate a women’s shelter, and helped to repair several homes damaged by the 2006 earthquake.

In 2007, Habitat for Humanity West Hawaii successfully completed a “Blitz Build,” or the building of an entire home in just 10 days. The Blitz Build in September 2012 will build five new homes for local families in 10 days.

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