Habitat for Humanity Kauai Trip- Day 1

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Day 1
Officially December 26th, unofficially December 24th.  It took me 3 days of standby nonsense to get to Kauai.  Don’t even get me started on how annoyed I am with United Airlines.  My awesome parents woke up at 5:30am 3 days in a row to drive me to the airport then came back a few hours later to pick me up when I didn’t make the flights.  It was so exhausting and I definitely started to think that I wouldn’t be able to make it.  Y’all know how much I believe in signs so it was pretty easy to let my discouragement start to feel like a sign that I shouldn’t go on the trip.  Such a stupid thought.
Thank the Lord I finally got on a flight at the very VERY last minute.  Seriously they had shut the door to the walkway and everything, then all of the sudden I heard “Michael, paging standby passenger Michael for Honolulu”.  I’d never been so happy to hear someone mispronounce my last name!  So 10.5 hours later I was in Honolulu and 1 short hour later I was deboarding the plane in beautiful Kauai.  I had a few hours to wait before the team leader was scheduled to pick me up so I went outside to read, enjoy the weather and charge my phone.  I searched for at least 30 minutes and wasn’t able to find an outlet.  I mean, I know Kauai Aiport is a bit smaller than the airports I’m used to but seriously?! No outlets?! I asked a lady at the baggage information center and she told me the only public outlets were inside the terminal but that I couldn’t go back into the terminal without going through security again.  Well that’s not helpful, mam.

Greetings from the Garden Island!
Our AMAZING team leader Kira picked up myself and 2 other team members just as it was starting to rain.  Rain is Kauai is kind of similar to rain in Texas.  It rained really hard for 15 minutes then just stopped.  That was when we saw our first Kauai rainbow and I knew it was going to be a fabulous 10 days.  The house we were staying in is actually a vacant Habitat for Humanity home that the Kauai Habitat group built specifically for housing volunteers.   It was really nice to get to stay in a house almost identical to the ones that we would be building.  That first night we all just hung out and got to know each other a bit.  Everyone was jet lagged so we snacked on food from the fridge, picked roommates and then crashed.   I roomed with a wonderful lady named Wendy from San Francisco (already missing her).  I knew we were going to get along great when I found out she also loves BBC television.  It’s not often that I randomly meet fellow Americans who appreciate BBC programming as much as I do.

So that’s about it for Day 1.  Tomorrow we’re having volunteer orientation in the morning then going on a hike in the afternoon.  I’m excited to keep getting to know my team members and to get started on the build.  We don’t know how far along the houses are that we’ll be working on yet so I’m interested to find that out tomorrow too!

Aloha y’all!


1 comment:

  1. Beth, you were an awesome roommate. I'm enjoying your perspective and oh so poinent observations. Blog on, sista!