New director for Habitat for Humanity

HANAPEPE — The board of directors of Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity has announced the selection of Milani Pimental as the new executive director for the nonprofit, effective Dec. 18.

She had been serving as the acting executive director for the organization since March 1, 2020, filling the vacancy left by previous Executive Director Stephen Spears.

Habitat board Vice President Doug Haigh announced the selection, stating, “We were unanimous in our selection of Milani to be our new executive director. She is highly qualified and has been doing an outstanding job as acting executive director, and we are confident she will continue to be highly effective in directing Kaua‘i Habitat.”

Prior to tackling the acting executive director position, Pimental served as deputy director as well as director of development for the nonprofit organization. She has more than 20 years of experience working with nonprofits in the Kaua‘i community.

“When Milani accepted the acting executive director position, she really did have to hit the ground running because the pandemic began and we were faced with a stay-at-home mandate,” stated human resources and administration Manager Nicole Jacintho. “Under her leadership, we made changes to the way we operated, and home construction continued successfully with new safety protocols in place.”

“I am grateful for this new chapter in my career,” said Pimental. “In my 10 years with Kaua‘i Habitat I have enjoyed all the challenges and excitement that comes with working for a nonprofit that provides affordable housing. I look forward now to working with our board, staff, volunteers and partners to continue our mission of serving the community and providing even more affordable housing opportunities in the future.”

  1. Trudie Wells January 8, 2021 5:32 am Reply

    Congratulations! May your good work enrich the people you serve, staff and community.

  2. tunataxi January 8, 2021 12:24 pm Reply

    Wonderful maybe the new director will bring some sanity back to the prices of second hand items in the store. I used to go there every time I went to the dump. Would drop off things that were of value rather than toss in the dump. But the prices became so high I quit going. To save time things just went to the transfer station and I went to Ace hardware… Iʻll check again to see if things are sensibly priced now

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