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.