Showers for Puna

Project Vision Hawai‘i has deployed HiEHiE, its O‘ahu-based mobile hygiene trailer, to Hawai‘i Island for 30-days to support 20 short-term transitional micro-housing units in Pāhoa. It arrived to Hilo port on Tuesday, June 12. (Mahalo to Young Brothers for donating shipment of HiEHiE between islands).

The Puna micro-units are not equipped with plumbing, making the HiEHiE hygiene trailer a critical component to personal care at the transitional housing site.

HiEHiE contains three private bathroom stalls, each complete with shower and toilet; one stall is ADA accessible and includes a diaper changing table.

The hygiene trailer debuted February 2018 to provide hot showers and resources to people experiencing homelessness on O‘ahu. While HiEHiE is in Puna, Pacific Shipyards International will deploy its mobile shower unit so Project Vision can continue service on O‘ahu.

The 30 days gives Project Vision, and its community partner Pu‘uhonua o Puna Info & Supply Hub, time to raise $95,000 for two hygiene units to support ongoing disaster relief efforts. Each hygiene unit costs $30,000 and includes three-stall combo shower-restroom. Units take one week to build and will be shipped to Hawai‘i Island from LA-port.  

Six months of operations (transportation, utilization, maintenance) is estimated to cost $40,000.

Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association (HLTA) has already committed $20,000 to this effort; $5,000 will go to the 30-day operation of HiEHiE on Hawai‘i Island, and the remainder to support operations of one of the disaster relief hygiene units.

To discuss larger donations, contact [email redacted] and [email redacted].

Fundraising team: ProjectVision/Pu'uhonua o Puna (2)

Renae Vad-Mat 
Raised $270 from 5 donations
Pahoa, HI
Project Vision Hawaii 
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