HONOLULU — When Herf was 19, his parents moved to Honolulu from New York City to escape the city’s housing crisis.
He moved in with his uncle, but the move was complicated by the fact that his father was also on a student visa.
It was a difficult transition for Herf, who couldn’t get a full-time job.
He and his uncle lived on the street with no place to live, and his dad worked two jobs to support the family.
His mom stayed home with their two daughters and her husband and their four sons.
Herf moved to the suburbs for a year to attend a local high school, but his dad was unable to support his family.
Her fangirls came to be known as “The Herf Brothers,” and the couple became household names.
“The Brothers” lived in a tiny home, where they shared a bedroom and kitchen.
Her mom worked at a local hospital, and Herf worked as a mechanic.
She also gave birth to a son, but Herf said his mom never asked him to come home.
After his dad died, Herf decided he wanted to start his own business.
“He’s really a very quiet person, and he’s really reserved,” said his mother, Lisa Jones.
“When we first met, we were like, ‘Wow, she’s so different.
She has such a different personality.'”
Herf started The Herf Bros. in 2005.
His brother Nick said the business is very different from his father’s, because they do it on their own.
“I’m not a part of it,” Nick said.
“My dad always did everything.”
Nick said his brother and sister have taken over a little corner of the business, which includes decorating and other services.
“It’s the most fun I’ve had in my life,” Nick Jones said.
The brothers have three daughters, ages 10, 11 and 14.
Their youngest, Kaelin, has a special talent.
She can draw and paint.
“She has been playing in the backyard for five years now,” Nick told The Associated Press.
Nick and his brother run the business from their home in Oahu.
They have four kids and one grandchild.
They are raising Kaelan as their own and working hard to help other families find homes.
“Our main goal is to help families in need,” Nick Jr. said.
Their business has grown to include other services, like painting, carpentry and landscaping.
“We’re not in it just to make money, we’re really trying to help our community,” Nick Sr. said of the company.
“Every single day we have people come in and say they are looking for a job.”