By Mary Simms
PAPAKOLEA (KHNL) - Honolulu Habitat for Humanity is close to two decades old. It's built more than 60 homes during that time, and they're at-it, again building on Hawaiian homeland in Papakolea.
Richard Chan is a carpenter, cousin, and friend. He lives next door to the Frank Family and along-side Habitat for Humanity, he's helping the Frank family re-build, on the Hawaiian homestead land they've owned since 1948.
"The house that was here before was falling apart. It was literally unsafe for anyone to be in. And it was very dangerous." Said Anne Marie Beck, Executive Director for Honolulu Habitat for Humanity.
It was so unsafe, Lisa Frank had moved into the garage. But re-building wasn't in her budget. Then she found out about habitat.
"It was not affordable for me, so when I saw the flyer, I figured 'why not,'" said Frank.
Lisa pays 1-dollar a year for the land she lives on. Thanks to Habitat, instead of spending close to 300-thousand to rebuild her home, the cost of construction will be closer to 75-thousand. That's about 500 dollars a month to comfortably house 9 family members in a 5 bedroom, 2 bathroom house, with a great view.
Sweat equity is a large part of what goes into this home. The deal is, Lisa and her family must spend at least 500 hours investing their own time into the project. Five generations of Lisa's family have grown up in this Papakolea homestead community.
"It's all about giving families the opportunity to make their lives better for themselves, for their children, for the next generation," said Beck.
For Lisa, it's a dream come true
"The glory of it was fulfilling the dream of my grandmother who passed away November 2005."