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Raising the roof: The coronavirus pandemic didn’t slow progress for Honolulu Habitat for Humanity

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                                Jasmine Sniffen plays her ukulele in the living room of the Sniffen family’s new home in Waimanalo, built on their plot of Hawaiian homestead land. The room also serves as an off-site place of worship. Below, workers begin the construction of the home.

    CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Jasmine Sniffen plays her ukulele in the living room of the Sniffen family’s new home in Waimanalo, built on their plot of Hawaiian homestead land. The room also serves as an off-site place of worship. Below, workers begin the construction of the home.

  • COURTESY HONOLULU HABITAT FOR HUMANITY 
                                The Sniffen family stands in front of their new home.

    COURTESY HONOLULU HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

    The Sniffen family stands in front of their new home.

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                                Jim Murphy, executive director of Honolulu Habitat for Humanity, left, Jonah Sniffen and his father, Herb Sniffen, untie the maile lei at the entrance of the family’s new home in Waimanalo during the dedication ceremony in September. Above, the Sniffen family stands in front of their new home.

    COURTESY HONOLULU HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

    Jim Murphy, executive director of Honolulu Habitat for Humanity, left, Jonah Sniffen and his father, Herb Sniffen, untie the maile lei at the entrance of the family’s new home in Waimanalo during the dedication ceremony in September. Above, the Sniffen family stands in front of their new home.

Jonah Sniffen looks around his childhood property and dreams. “We have a big yard now, and we’re going to extend later,” he says, gesturing at the house, a new, five-bedroom home sitting next to a large expanse of lawn in Waimanalo. Read more

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