2nd annual Habitat for Humanity fundraising gala aiming to raise $50K for housing help

  • Habitat For Humanity Hawaii Island Executive Director Patrick Hurney and Advisor to the Board Bo Kauhi smile and shaka at last year’s event. Courtesy photo

  • The inaugural gala on the oceanfront luau grounds at the Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel raised $35,000. Organizers are hoping to raise $50,000 this year.

  • Leiola Augustine, left, chair of Habitat’s Development Committee helping organizing the event, poses at last year's gala with Shani and Bren Ambruster
  • Habitat for Humanity Hawaii Island’s second fundraising gala takes place Nov. 16, a year after its successful inaugural campaign. It’ll feature the always-popular photo booth for guests. Pictured are Mattson Davis, Thalia Davis, Ed Rapoza, Ronnie Rapoza, Troy Fujitani Nicole Fujitani, Malia Bolton, James Augustine and Leiola Augustine. (Courtesy image)

KAILUA-KONA – Last year, the Habitat for Humanity’s inaugural gala raised $35,000 — a timely sum as Kilauea had recently erupted and decimated island homes.