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High Schooler Raises $14K for Affordable Housing

February 8, 2020, 9:51 AM HST
* Updated February 8, 9:58 AM
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Pohaku Kepler (middle) receiving a Certificate of Appreciation from executive director Sherri Dodson (right) and development director Max Tornai (left). Photo courtesy: Habitat for Humanity Maui.

In an effort to raise money for affordable housing development, Kīhei Charter student Pohaku Kepler asked 100 realtors to donate at least $100 to Habitat for Humanity Maui.

Keplerʻs “100 Real Estate Agents Who Care” program, which was launched in November, aimed to amass $10,000 dollars in donations.

On Friday, Habitat for Humanity announced that the project raised nearly $14,000.

“These donations couldn’t have come at a better time,” Habitat for Humanity development director Max Tornai said in a press release.

“We’re finishing 10 new homes in Lahaina and just completed a 4-bedroom home in the Keokea-Waiohuli Hawaiian Homelands subdivision (with 3 more coming up) – so we really need all the financial support we can get to make these homes a reality for our partner families.”

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Keplerʻs program was inspired by the “100 Men Who Care” and “100 Women Who Care” movements.

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Inspired by the passion of local realtors to help others achieve homeownership, Kepler felt the need for industry professionals to help those who are unable to afford a home through a regular market.

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