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Neighbors Unite to Build HPM Micro-Shelters for Volcano Evacuees

Kilauea’s recent activity has left hundreds house-less, seeking shelter in cars and in tents. But this is Big Island, where people come together to take care of their neighbors. When Bronson Haunga from Haunga Contracting and Gilbert Alguinaldo from Pacific Rim Construction/Big Island Electrical approached HPM with an idea to use our sheds as emergency housing, we were all in. We joined forces with HOPE Services Hawaii to secure land behind Sacred Heart Church, and “Sacred Heart Shelter” was on its way up.

In a matter of days, 20 micro-shelters were brought to life by National Guard soldiers, Habitat for Humanity builders and over 100 community volunteers. HPM made sure all the right supplies were on hand, rallying partners to donate labor and materials. Today the shelter provides free transitional housing for families with children under age 18 and volcano evacuees over age 60.

“HPM’s 90-plus years were impacted by tsunami events twice, and both times the company was able to rebuild, recover and demonstrate that they come from a resilient community,” says Project Lead Darryl Oliveira. “We have a special appreciation for what our island residents live with and how to set things up so that they can recover and continue.”

HPM would like to extend a special mahalo to everyone involved in the micro-shelter project, including the following vendors who donated time, funds or discounted products and services: Hardel, Jensen Distribution, Kwikset, Lynden Air Freight, Matson, Milgard Windows & Doors, Pratt & Lambert Paints, Rust-Oleum, Simpson Strong-Tie, Tower Sealants, Tree Island and Vandermeer/LP.


Contact HOPE Services Hawaii to learn more about the 
Sacred Heart Shelter: (808) 430-8067. 


Darryl Oliveira
HPM Safety and Internal Control Manager

With a storied career that includes the roles of Fire Chief and Civil Defense Director for Hawaii County, Darryl Oliveira is no stranger to adversity. He spent three decades as a firefighter, and worked with local agencies to improve disaster response when the Big Island was hit with four natural disasters. One of the biggest lessons he’s learned about managing hardship?

“In emergency situations, communication is the Achilles' heel,” he says. “As a business, you need to make sure your employees get accurate information in a timely manner.”

Last fall, Darryl was teaching a disaster preparedness class when a student invited him to speak to the HPM management team. He’d been a longtime fan, from shopping for building supplies with his dad when he was a kid to purchasing an HPM Homes package for his family.

“I was always pleased with the customer service and great workmanship of their products,” he says.

He liked that HPM had a strong foundation of plans and processes for potential disaster impact, and when the company asked him to join the team, Darryl was up for the challenge.

“HPM played a huge role in providing resources to recovery efforts, and I saw opportunities where I could help and assist the team with fine-tuning things,” he says.

As HPM’s new Safety and Internal Control Manager, Darryl helps coordinate donated materials and labor to those in need. In light of the current Kilauea eruptions, he’s been busy spearheading emergency response efforts like the Sacred Heart Shelter project.

Another top priority is building long-term partnerships to better insulate the community from catastrophic events.

“Since there are minimal affordable housing options, the building industry will be in demand to create solutions,” says Darryl. “As a leader, HPM can be a strong partner to help prepare for what’s ahead.”


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