In November, local high school student Pohaku Kepler launched the “100 Real Estate Agents Who Care” program for his senior project at Kihei Charter High School. Kepler hoped to encourage 100 local Real Estate Agents to donate at least $100 each to Habitat for Humanity Maui, with the goal of raising $10,000 to help build more affordable housing on Maui that will benefit local low- income families.
“Pohaku ended up raising just under $14,000 for Habitat Maui’s
construction projects from over 100 individual donors – almost 40%
more than his initial goal of $10,000” said development director Max
Tornai. “We are genuinely grateful for Pohaku’s passion and hard work
to make a difference in the lives of others. These donations couldn’t
have come at a better time: 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
Real estate agents who donated can be seen on the program’s website,
The program was inspired by the “100 Men Who Care” and “100 Women Who Care” movements. Kepler made the connection that local realtors – who are often in the profession because of a passion to help people achieve homeownership – can band together and make a much more significant impact as a group to benefit those who are unable to afford purchasing a home through the regular market.