“Fight The Bite” With FREE Window Screening Workshop on Thursday


FightTheBiteFinalDo you have broken window screens? Do you hate mosquitos? Do you want to screen your home and “fight the bite” and protect yourself from mosquito borne illnesses?

Lowe’s, Habitat for Humanity West Hawaii and the State of Hawaii Health Department will host a free window screening workshop on Thursday, June 16 at the Lowe’s Kona store location from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event supports efforts to teach the public how to protect their homes against mosquitos infected with Dengue Fever and the Zika virus from entering through broken screens or screen less windows. Workshops will include: how to repair window screens; how to construct new window screens; and helpful tips on patching.

Qualified families will have an opportunity to sign up for hands-on assistance from Habitat for Humanity West Hawaii, and barbecue will be available for purchase by Randy’s Huli Chicken and Ribs starting at 10 am.

“Habitat for Humanity West Hawaii is proud to work with Lowe’s and the Health Department in a community partnership to mitigate the health risks posed by infected mosquitos on the Big Island,” Pat Hurney, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity West Hawaii, stated. “Working with Lowe’s staff and management along with Habitat volunteers teaching people how to build and repair screens, providing crucial information about the mosquito borne viruses and providing a fantastic BBQ is a great way to help our community. Thanks to Lowe’s for the generous grant to make this event happen and also fund other important programs.”


WHEN:           Thursday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE:         Lowe’s Garden Center – 75-5677 Hale Kapili St

DIRECTIONS:  Located off of Henry Street in Kailua Kona


The “Fight the Bite” event is part of a $69,850 grant from Lowe’s to help complete five projects in the Kuhio Village neighborhood that residents have identified as part of their community action plan. Other projects that are part of the grant include: construction of an imu to celebrate native Hawaiian culture in community gatherings; assistance with critical home repairs; and help with repairs for a local school. Habitat for Humanity West Hawaii has been working with the residents of Kuhio Village for four years.

Lowe’s awarded $1.5 million in grants to 19 Habitat for Humanity organizations across the country to support more than 400 community projects as part of Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization program, an effort to serve more families through community development partnerships. A national partner since 2003, Lowe’s has committed more than $63 million to Habitat for Humanity and helped more than 5,500 families improve their living conditions.

About Habitat for Humanity West Hawaii

Habitat for Humanity West Hawaii is a non-profit, faith-based organization whose mission is “seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.” We believe that all families deserve a chance to own a safe, decent, and affordable home, and our vision is “a world where everyone has a decent place to live.” We serve the entire west side of Hawaii Island, and have built 24 new homes and completed 25 critical home-repairs for nearly 50 West Hawaii families. To learn more, donate or volunteer, visit www.habitatwesthawaii.org.


About Lowe’s in the Community
Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company, has a 50-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects.  Since 2007, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed more than $250 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility and LowesInTheCommunity.tumblr.com.


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Julie Ziemelis

Julie Ziemelis is an entrepreneur, business owner, author, blogger and vlogger in Kailua Kona. She created and moderates the “365 Things to Do in Kona” page and the Kona Newbies group on Facebook. She blogs at 365Kona.com and MoveToHawaii365.com and vlogs with her husband, Eric, at “365Hawaii” on YouTube. Julie also authored the books, “How to Move to Kona” and the “Insiders Guide to Buying Real Estate on the Big Island of Hawaii”. You will most likely find Julie in Kona hiking, running, biking, taking photos and sharing Aloha.

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