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Big Island, Hawaii

July 22-31, 2017

Why should I consider a build in Hawaii? 

Visitors to the Big Island will find that it is less developed than the other more popular island. The Big Island of Hawaii is the youngest island in the Hawaiian chain and is also by far the biggest (4028 Sq. mi., larger than all of the other islands combined). This provides a vast canvas of environments to discover a variety of unrivaled natural wonders.  This is the home of one of the world’s most active volcanoes (Kilauea), the tallest sea mountain in the world at more than 33,000 feet (Mauna Kea), the most massive mountain in the world (Mauna Loa) and the largest park in the state. The island has all but two of the world’s climate zones, which generate everything from lush rain forests to volcanic deserts, snow-capped mountaintops to beautiful black sand beaches.

In the County of Hawaii, homelessness has been increasing at a rate of 6% per year. In some areas, financial hardship is compounded by the need to commute long distances from home to access employment. The median house price in West Hawaii is not affordable to most of the local workforce. Over 16% of families live at levels below the poverty line. Amongst single parent families, over 32% live below the poverty line. 

What Will My Week Look Like?

•    Saturday, July 22 – Arrival Day & Welcome
•    Sunday, July 23 – Cultural Day – Hawaii Volcanoes Adventure
•    Monday, July 24 – R&R Day – Hamakua Coast Adventure
•    Tuesday, July 25 – Build Day
•    Wednesday, July 26 – Build Day & Waikoloa Beach Luau
•    Thursday, July 27 – Build Day
•    Friday, July 28 – Build Day
•    Saturday, July 29 – Build Day
•    Sunday, July 30 – R&R Day,
                Kona Coffee Belt & Green Sand Beach Adventure
•    Monday, July 31 – Departure Day

Where Will I Stay? What Will I Eat

Our lodging will be shared villas in Waikoloa at the Paniolo Greens which will be shared by four to five people. Bed types are a combination of single, double and pull out sofas. The villas are equipped with kitchens, so meals will be a combination of local restaurants and meals prepared by team members. Snacks and water will be provided at the worksite.
                                                        What will it cost?

This 10 day opportunity to build in the Big Island, Hawaii will cost approximately
$2,120 + round-trip airfare + $310 for R&R*.  

The trip cost includes: Lodging, food, ground transportation, traveler’s medical insurance, orientation materials, and a donation to HFH Hawaii and the Global Village program. Participants will need to arrange and pay for air transportation from their point of departure to Kona, Hawaii. This arrangement should be done in consultation with the team leader.

*Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue a charitable donation tax receipt for the trip cost and the eligible airfare – these will be 2 separate receipts. The costs for R&R portion of the trip are not eligible for a tax receipt and this money must not be sent to HFH Canada. Your team leader will let you know how to pay this.

There are additional travel costs such as passport, visa and immunizations which the team leader will discuss with you. These costs are not tax deductible.

Meet the team leader: Doug

My name is Doug Amirault and I am an Opening Services Consultant with Choice Hotels Canada. I have always had the “Travel Bug” and don’t always seek out the traditional tourist destinations. A few years ago, I joined a Habitat for Humanity trip to El Salvador. The experience of being immersed in the local culture, making new friends and helping a family in need, motivated me to become involved and volunteer as a team leader. In 2013, I led my first team to Braga, Portugal. The warm hospitality, the culture and beauty of the country were motivation enough to choose Portugal again in 2015 and 2016. I’ll be heading back to Portugal for Easter 2017. Last year I also lead a team to Whitehorse, which was such a rewarding experience seeing our great north and learning about our First Nations people. In September, I lead a team to The Big Island and had such a rewarding experience. Everything on the island is important to the Hawaiian Culture and the Hawaiians are so warm and welcoming.     

I am originally from a small Acadian fishing village on the south shore of Nova Scotia called Pubnico. After six years in Halifax, Nova Scotia, I now live in Toronto, Ontario. 

Please feel free to contact me at doug.amirault@gmail.com if you would like to learn more about this trip or apply now using our on-line application!
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