About

The crew

The people

Behind the mission



Quinn

Quinn Vittum, Co-founder & Executive Director

A New Hampshire native, Quinn has been in the building material reuse industry since 2001. He began salvaging materials from demolition sites in Seattle, before founding Sound Builders Resource in 2002, and Olympia Salvage in 2004. Re-use Hawai‘i is his third non-profit reuse start-up, and most likely his last due to Honolulu's perfect weather and the prolific deconstruction opportunity on island.

Daniel

Daniel Murren, Chief Financial Officer

Daniel has more than 15 years of experience in non-profit and private industry accounting. His fluid intelligence and extreme adaptability aids in his role as Re-use Hawai‘i's all around utility person. An avid body surfer and short boarder, Daniel's love of Hawai‘i's natural environment made the mission and work of Re-use Hawai‘i a perfect fit.

Ed Hemphill

Edward Hemphill, Communications Coordinator

Ed learned about Re-use Hawai‘i while visiting the islands for his brother's wedding where he helped construct center pieces, games and the wedding alter from Re-use Hawai‘i materials. He is originally from Texas and most recently Los Angeles. When he's not surfing or working out, he exercises his creativity through photography and graphic design. An all-around nice guy with fluid intelligence, he's also a movie buff and music enthusiast who can nail down obscure references on the fly! Ed holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Texas, Arlington.

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Lucas Rensko, Project Developer

With a B.S. degree in Business, Lucas brings brains and brawn to his role at Re-use Hawai‘i. Working with reclaimed material is something he enjoys off the job as well with woodworking and DIY projects for his house. He searches for unique one-of-a-kind pieces with an interesting back story that he can work into his projects. Originally from a small town outside of Pittsburgh, PA, Lucas and his wife have lived in Hawai‘i since June 2014. They enjoy many outdoor activities including golf, road biking, kayaking and hiking with their dog Kuli. While at home he enjoys grilling, home brewing, and watching Pittsburgh sports, to name a few.

Mike Dube, Deconstruction Program Manager

Michael was born and raised in the small New Hampshire seacoast town of Exeter, and has travelled extensively throughout the country while in search of life's meaning. He has worked in the building trades for 35 years, concentrating his interests on working and living the green lifestyle while raising his son Nathan, who is the light of his life and his best friend. He has followed Nathan to the islands and has become devoted to Re-use Hawai‘i and its vision to create a better world.

Carolyn Murren

Carolyn Murren, Warehouse Manager

Carolyn gladly traded her high heels and corporate dress attire of 20 years for a pair of steel toe boots and comfy t-shirt in her new role at Re-use Hawai‘i. Originally from Michigan, Carolyn moved to Hawai‘i in 1984. She attended UH Manoa, where she earned her bachelor's degree in Journalism and Political Science. She enjoys gardening, cooking, helping others, and learning about Hawai‘i's historic buildings.

JEFF SAVAGE, ASSISTANT MANAGER

Jeff Savage, Trucker

Jeff has worked at Re-use Hawai‘i in three different roles since moving from New Jersey with his family in 2009. He enjoys exploring new places on the island, hanging out with his family, and contributing to the organization's environmental mission.

Emily Freeh

Emily Freeh, Material Inventory Specialist

Emily stumbled upon Re-use Hawai‘i while looking for parking at "Eat the Streets" and says she "instantly fell in love" with the organization. Born in upstate New York, Emily has spent most of her time in Georgia. In 2015, she relocated to Honolulu with her husband whom she has known since the second grade. Emily earned her degree in geography from the University of Colorado. Whether she's horseback riding, scuba diving, playing video games, or working on DIY home repairs, Emily brings equal parts fun and focus to everything she does and to the Re-use team.

James Minatee

James Minatee, Trucker

With experience in demolition and construction work, particularly drywall hanging and finishing, James found a job posting for Re-use Hawai‘i upon his arrival to Oahu last year. Hiking, sight-seeing and, of course, spending time at our island's beautiful beaches are among his favorite things to do in his free time. He also enjoys learning about the many cultures that make up our island home. In fact, as an avid reader with an excellent memory, James is a lifelong learner on a variety of topics, especially the creative re-use of building material. You will see James in our lumberyard helping customers, and lifting heavy items with relative ease - another one of his talents!

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Eldridge Shay, Salvage Specialist

Eldridge is self-described 'jack of all trades, looking to master one'. He has worked as a skilled laborer and carpenter and in the areas of masonry, flooring, electrical, plumbing and landscaping. He holds a B.S. in Astronomy from UH Hilo and is currently pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering from UH Manoa. He plans to apply his degree to develop lasting solutions in the area of sustainable design and manufacturing. One thing that peaked his interest in Engineering was being part of the team responsible for resurfacing a 8-meter telescope mirror used atop the summit of Mauna Kea. For fun, he enjoys hiking, stargazing, canoe paddling and projects that involve design and construction such as building a deck, refinishing a his floor, landscaping, and tinkering under the hood of his car.

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Stephen Becker, Salvage Specialist

Stephen has worked in the building trade most of his life, but began his love of woodworking when he was 20 and working in a cabinet shop. The majority of his work is in sustainable building, particularly using recycled products and reclaimed wood to build furniture. To this end, he uses only nontoxic glues and finishes. He studied art and design in college, he launched a new line of furniture in at the PDX Lounge in Portland. A self-proclaimed re-use groupie, Stephen looks for salvage stores like Re-use Hawai‘i wherever he goes. While living in Portland, he was a frequent patron of the ReBuilding Center. He loves spending time with his wife, their son and their dogs. His other interests include cooking, cars, beaching, and progressive politics.


Billy Maxwell

Billy Maxwell, Workshop Steward

Billy Maxwell was born and raised in New York City, New York and has been a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Local Union 608 for 40 years. Billy Maxwell first found out about Re-use Hawai‘i through a vital member of the original Re-use team, who knew Billy would be a great fit! Woodworking isn’t Bill’s only set of skills either. He is a percussionist, bagpipe player, an avid reader of American History, and a fan of any good word game. Bill also taught basic carpentry for eight years and discovered he had a knack for teaching. We are able to see this knack every time Bill assists with our Community Workshops. His tips and thorough guidance make building doable for all skill levels. You can usually catch him in the Re-use Hawai‘i Workshop either building or cleaning, but always with a smile on his face.

Brandon Tsutahara, Deconstruction Team Leader

Born and raised on the east side of Oahu, Brandon has worked in the trades for over ten years, including hydroponics, mechanics, and sustainability. A self-described Gearhead, he's into trucks, 4x4s, race cars, and restoring vintage cars. He also likes to skateboard, bodyboard, and fish.


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Chrisjames Raquedan, Deconstruction Crew

Local boy Chrisjames was born and raised on Oahu and grew up on the west side of the island. He is a graduate of Castle High School where he focused on the arts and graphic design. In his junior year, he also started working in construction - everything from carpentry to masonry and roofing. For fun, Chrisjames enjoys the same activities as he has from when he was a kid: surfing, fishing, hunting, and diving. He also is musical, having performed in bands in front of hundreds of people.


Jason Faris

Jason Faris, Deconstruction Crew/Deconstruction Team Leader

Originally from Springfield, Ohio, Jason got his start in the building industry as a metal re-finisher. He also has experience in masonry and contracting work. He studied Social Sciences in college and is currently expanding his digital horizons by learning web design, illustration and photography.


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Elijah Muniz, Deconstruction Crew

Born in Kaneohe, Elijah has called Oahu home all of his life. Elijah is a graduate of James B. Castle High School and has spent time studying at Windward Community College. Some time between spear fishing and showing his girlfriend around the island, Elijah found out about Re-use online. An avid bodyboarder, he loves taking on big waves at Velzyland Beach, Sunset Beach, Makapu‘u, and Pyramid Rock. On top of it all, Elijah says he can stay productive all day without any caffeine, which amazes the entire Re-use Hawai‘i team.



Jae Processing Team Lead

Jaecine Madiro, Processing Team Leader

Born and raised on Oahu, Jaecine "Jae" Madiro has been involved in building maintenance and home repair all of her adult life. She originally found out about Re-use Hawai‘i through her roommate. Not only is she skilled with power tools, but is an avid body boarder! Her true passion lies in growing fresh fruits and vegetables. Jae brings immense skill, care, and drive to all the work that she does.


Matt

Matthew Bowers, Processing Crew Member

Matthew was born and rained in California, but has called Hawai‘i home since January 2009. Matt is a graduate from the E.J. King High School in Sasebo, Japan. He even went to the same high school as Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill! Matt found out about Re-use Hawai‘i while shopping online for building materials. In addition to his love of hiking, surfing, and concert going, Matt is also a knowledgable comic book fan. If you see him in the warehouse make sure you quiz him on all things Marvel.

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