Cause Area

  • Community
  • Environment


200 Keawe StreetHonolulu, HI 96813 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The mission of Re-use Hawaiʻi is to reduce waste by providing alternatives to demolition - and from public donations of building materials - and to distribute these materials to the community as an affordable resource.


Re-use Hawaiʻi is a Hawaiʻi-based non-profit organization that was founded in 2006 to address the growing issue of waste in Hawaiʻi. As an island community with finite land resources, we need to do all we can to manage our waste. We do this by providing Deconstruction Services, and the Redistribution Center - a retail warehouse where the community can shop 7 days a week for affordable building materials. Deconstruction is the hand-disassembly of a structure for the purpose of recovering its material for reuse. It is an alternative to traditional demolition. When we deconstruct a building, we save the maximum of its reusable material, which would otherwise be crashed down through demolition and go to the landfill. Instead, we truck all the material (lumber, windows, doors, hardware, cabinets, appliances, etc.) to our Redistribution Center where it is made available to the community as an affordable building material resource. The Redistribution Center is an 18,000 square foot warehouse stocked full of building materials from our Deconstruction program, and from community donations. We also have an 18,000 square foot lumber yard with prices 30% - 50% compared to new lumber. Having been in the community for more than 10 years, Re-use Hawaiʻi has served more than 38,000 community members. We are a licensed contractor that works within the existing construction paradigm to provide deconstruction services whenever possible.

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