Saturday Build with the Habitat Families

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November 9, 2013

The usual morning cacophony of rooster chorus signaled a new Habitat build day in Kauai was about to begin.  At times, we heard solos by the usual players, Pavarotti, Tiny Tim, and John Denver. Occasionally we got lucky as they gathered their cock-a-doodle-do resources in harmonic chorus.

Day 4 on the work sites in Anahola, Hawaii, about a 45 minute drive from our home base.

I woke up groggy, low on energy and sensed that many of our team felt the same.  My concerns that the sun and heat would be difficult to handle eased up a bit as the sky was fairly cloudy and the air felt cooler.   Once we reached the site our group divided between two homes, and I remained at the one that had the roof partially on.

Quite a bit of the work on both homes required work on ladders, scaffolding on the roof. I felt discouraged because of the low energy, groggy feeling I did not trust myself off the ground today to scale a ladder or scaffolding.   The work-site leaders are terrific though and had tasks for the “ground crew.”

Mara and I were assigned to cut the base wood from the bottom of the door frames and use a new type of saw – a sawzall.  photo (10)After that was hammer time to install hurricane straps throughout the framing, and again we had an assignment on the ground.   During the installation the rain began and the roofers had to come exit their slippery location.  The light, misty rain soon turned to a downpour.

We gathered for a delicious lunch and home-made bread by a couple of the homeowners. One of the family members, Ness, educated our group on a variety of the trees and vegetation.  After lunch, back to work which did not last long due to increased clouds and additional downpour.

At 2:30 pm we called it a day, piled our wet, red soil soaked bodies back in the van and headed home.




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