Repeat visitors help build homes for locals

‘ELE’ELE — Usually when one thinks of repeat visitors, the vision is of people with their family members returning to enjoy Kaua’i’s beaches, hotels and restaurants.

Leslie Bell is not your typical repeat visitor. She is here, again, to build homes for Kaua’i residents.

She was in Anahola 10 years ago.

“It was my absolute first build,” she recalls of her Anahola experience as she tended to several groups of volunteers working on one of three houses in the Kauai Habitat for Humanity ‘Ele’ele project.

Leslie Bell and Bob Bell are the team leaders for a group of 18 volunteers who arrived on Kaua’i Saturday, and will be working on a total of five homes before they leave Thursday, Dec. 1.

Charlotte Harrison, who wielded a broom against a seemingly losing battle against the red dirt caked on the floor of the house due to the morning showers, is one of those 18 volunteers and hails from Phoenix, Ariz.

“We thought it was hot in Arizona,” she commented, beads of perspiration on her forehead. “But Hawai’i is pretty hot.”

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