Church proposing igloos for Hawaii's homeless
Igloos for the homeless? It's a new concept a local church is proposing to alleviate the state's expanding problem. The igloo is built in Alaska, but won't melt in Hawaii's heat.
HONOLULU - Igloos for the homeless? It's a new concept a local church is proposing to alleviate the state's expanding problem.
The igloo is built in Alaska, but won't melt in Hawaii's heat. It's fiberglass exterior can literally weather the storm -- tough enough to withstand hurricane-force winds.
Pastor Klayton Ko at the First Assembly of God in Red Hill said shelters like these can house Hawai'i's homeless. It's a vision he said came from above.
"Lord what can we do as a church to make a difference? And out of that simple prayer the Lord gave me the idea of this shelter," said Ko.
Ko said the 12 foot tall domes can house up to four people. Many typically think of igloos housing Eskimos, but the developer said they work in all types of climates.
"It reflects a lot of the heat of the sun during the day. On a 90-degree day it's about 75 inside the dome. It's about 10 to 15 degrees less than the temperature outside when it's really sunny," said Don Kubley, InterShelter, Inc.
If bought in bulk, each one costs about $9,500. Pastor Ko hopes other churches will purchase one too so they can launch an entire village. The question is where? Ko said he can't put it on his church's property, because it's close to a school.
"That's the only thing that stands in the way. We're poised, were ready, we've got the prototype. We got the domes and the people, we just need a place to launch it," said Ko.
They're hoping the city or the state will loan them some land saying the end result would be a place to call home for many who don't have that now.
"This is the first step in helping them in their long journey to get back into a normal way of life," Ko said.