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Extreme Makeover Home Edition Travels To Hawaii

September 30, 2007 12:01 AM by Joe Blackmon

To kick off the new season of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Ty
Pennington and crew travel to the beautiful island of Oahu. Extreme
Makeover: Home Edition will meet the Akana family of Honolulu, HI, and
renovate not only their home but the KOKA Family Learning Center, which
they’ve run for over 11 years. Both renovations will be done in a
remarkable seven days. The two-hour season premiere of Extreme
Makeover: Home Edition airs Sunday, September 30 from 7:00PM to 9:00PM
ET on the ABC Television Network.

Eleven years ago Momi Akana was a single mother on welfare who started the Kieki O Ka Aina (KOKA) Family Learning Center, a non-profit organization that supports the native Hawaiian community. In the early stages, Momi was using her food stamps to buy snacks for the center and all of her other resources to create programs for struggling moms and their kids, even sharing her home with KOKA; the top floor was dedicated to the center, and the family was crammed into two bedrooms downstairs. Just one month ago, KOKA moved out of the house after it received a grant to purchase property for a new center. However the property is in poor condition and there are a lot of repairs needed both on the new KOKA center and the Akana home.

Momi and her three children, Keahi (14), Kuulei (12) and Maka (8), tried to keep up with the house and make improvements on the little things, but they never had the money or the expertise to create and build anything properly, leaving their home filled with unfinished projects. In addition, a massive flood in 2004 washed away the majority of their foundation, leaving only a few pillars holding their house up. Momi now worries that it’s only a matter of time before the rest of their home falls into the river. A year ago, Momi met Ben on a blind date, and they were married six months later. Soon after their daughter, Poli, was born with Downs Syndrome. Momi took this as a blessing and a sign, and created classes at the center for parents of special needs children.

The Akana family have shown an amazing amount of compassion for the entire community, while putting their needs aside. In this episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," Ty and the gang will help transform the life of this very special woman and her family by giving them not only a safe and secure home to live in, but also KOKA, Momi’s heart and soul, a safe and secure home to operate out of, allowing her the opportunity to transform thousands of other lives for the better.

This season "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" will be going green on every episode by incorporating eco-friendly, low energy and recyclable sources in the builds. For the Akana family, the decking and railing of their new home will be made of composite recycled grocery bags, along with other plastic and reclaimed wood from furniture manufacturers in an approximate 50/50 mix to make decking materials. In addition, the wood used will not be from endangered rainforest trees, so as to protect these natural varieties.

While Ty and the designers, local builder Brookfield Homes and hundreds of volunteers and workers are rebuilding their home, the Akana family will go on vacation to Hilton Whistler in Canada.

The design team for this episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" will feature team leader Ty Pennington and designers Ed Sanders, Eduardo Xol, Michael Moloney, Paige Hemmis and Paul DiMeo.

The series is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It’s executive-produced by Denise Cramsey. David Goldberg is the president of Endemol USA.

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3 Responses to “Extreme Makeover Home Edition Travels To Hawaii”

  1. Danno Says:
    October 1st, 2007 at 12:53 am

    Just Google:

    Extreme Makeover Hawaii Controversy

    …and see if this is such a feel good story aferall. Apparently the family pulls in over $200K combined salary per year–she as director of the non-profit, and he as a senior vice-president of Hawaii’s largest bank.

    There seems to be the feeling that there were MUCH more people in need of a new home in Hawaii than the Akanas.

  2. Kathleen L Smith Says:
    October 2nd, 2007 at 12:15 pm

    Who was the Hawaiian Singer at the concert that was given to the workers On EHM Hawaii. I can not find it anywhere. Love his voice. It takes me home..Mahalo Kathleen Leilani Smith

  3. Sarah Says:
    October 6th, 2007 at 11:01 am

    Hawai`i’s favorite Grammy-nominated singer, goodwill ambassador, hula teacher, chanter and more–Keali`i Reichel–will perform on the season premiere of ABC’s hit television show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on Sunday, September 30 (7:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). Keali`i entertains the deserving work crew after completing a very special project.

    Denise Cramsey, executive producer for the series, said “Keali`i’s performance was so special for our workers. This group of volunteers worked so hard all week – building not just a house, but a community center as well. For them to be able to take a 10-minute break and be entertained by one of their own was so amazing. The song he sang was so beautiful and appropriate for the effort everyone was putting out. It was a night we will all remember.”

    “My band and I wanted to be a part of this community effort,” says Reichel. “There’s a saying in Hawaiian – no task is too big when done together by all – and this is a perfect example of everyone coming together for a common goal.”

    Keali`i was born and raised on Maui. His passion for the language and culture of Hawai`i led him to become the founding director for Punana Leo O Maui, the Hawaiian language immersion school. In 1980, he founded his own hula school, Halau Ke`alaokamaile, and has won numerous awards.

    This year, at the 30th anniversary of the Na Hoku Hanohano awards, Keali`i was presented with the “Favorite Entertainer of the Year” award for the fourth time. This award is emblematic of his popularity, as it is the only award decided by a public vote. Keali`i Reichel has now been honored with 29 Na Hoku Hanohano awards by the Hawai`i Academy for Recording Arts.

    With lush vocals that evoke emotion as well as passion, and an appeal as broad as Hawai`i’s itself—it’s not hard to see why Keali`i has never been more popular. A HD-DVD will be released on October 23.

    “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” has won back-to-back Emmy Awards as Best Reality Program (non-competitive), and is starting its 5th season on ABC.



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