Saturday, October 23, 2010

ReUse Hawaii - a New Way to Recycle

Re-Use Hawaii has the goal of reducing waste in the state, through building material reuse and recycling. The non-profit performs deconstruction projects and offers the materials cheaply to the public.

They stock doors, windows, lighting fixtures, hardware, lumber, and more. Many are leftovers from large construction projects, like Waikiki hotels, which have been donated. For instance, Trump Tower gave them many marble backsplashes which ReUse Hawaii sells for $10 each. Donations are tax-deductible.

Visit or visit the warehouse, 30 Forrest Avenue in Kaka'ako Makai, a neighborhood of downtown. To get there, take Punchbowl towards the ocean, all the way down to Ala Moana Boulevard. When you reach Ala Moana Blvd. turn left onto Ala Moana, and stay in the far right lane. You will be taking your second RIGHT, towards the ocean, onto Forrest Avenue. You'll see signs for the Ports 1&2 as you turn. Take Forrest towards the ocean until you see a giant, grey warehouse with the Re-use Hawai’i logo, in the distance. The port has guard gates, but don't enter through their gates. You'll see two green painted Re-use Hawai'i signs on the chain link fence on either side of the long driveway, leading to the warehouse. Hours are Monday-Friday 8-6, Saturday 9-4.

Re-use Hawai’i has been turning waste into a resource since 2007. They’ve performed over 100 deconstruction projects and kept over 1000 tons of material from entering Oahu’s landfills. Next time you remodel and take away, or want to remodel and find materials, visit the warehouse, call 808-953-5538, or email

They offer a great alternative to filling up the space in our limited landfills.

Barbara Abe, Realtor