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Global Village team blessed to be here

ELEELE — Claudia Aarkar of Toronto, Canada, was taking her anger out on everything Friday afternoon at the Kauai Habitat for Humanity’s Eleele Iluna home sites.

“We were working on siding Thursday,” said Aarkar, a graphics designer. “They told us to bang this thing a lot and take out our anger on it. We’re a pretty calm people and accessed anger we never thought we had. We just had fun banging away.”

Aarkar was one of 10 people in the Habitat for Humanity Global Village group led by Bill McCabe of San Diego.

The group arrived last Tuesday and will be working through Wednesday on building homes at the Eleele Iluna community, said Milani Pimental, Kauai Habitat for Humanity director of development.

“We’ve been to other places like Thailand and Cambodia to build homes,” McCabe said. “Our most recent trip, we traveled to Nepal to build houses, but for everyone in this group, this is their first trip to Hawaii, and Kauai.”

McCabe said the group felt blessed to be on Kauai.

“To see the mountains, and the ocean from one of these homes is beautiful,” McCabe said. “Today, we saw our first whale during lunch. It made a big splash. This is definitely the most beautiful place we’ve been to — imagine, being able to see whales while building houses?”

Pimental said she is working to put together a youth soccer team work day with the Under 14 and Under 15 Keahi Soccer Club, one of the Kauai Soccer Association teams.

“The team will likely be doing painting work and contribute their hours to fellow teammate Stanford Aban, whose mother, Ohia Tangalin, is a Kauai Habitat homeowner candidate,” she said.

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