On Tuesday May 2, 2011 our first container was moved from Haiku to Pu’unene. It was supposed to be a quick pickup and haul but didnt quite work out that way. The container was located in a field behind a house on a plateau overlooking the Pacific. Nice view. There were several trees that blocked access directly from the driveway, so we had to circle around them. The trees were just close enough that the truck could not back straight up to the container.
I was impressed by Maui Tow and Transport trailer. The triple rear axle moves forward and back to alter the support and turning radius. It can also be angled slightly. This makes it a bit easier to walk the trailer into place with repeated moves. I was also a bit surprised that when loading, It was not the container that did most of the moving. The winch pulled the whole rig backwards under the trailer. Pretty cool hydraulics.
If you look closely, you can see a large dark cloud rising up behind the rig. Thats a sugar cane burn. Its how they harvest cane sugar here on Maui. Every couple weeks they burn several dozen acres of cane. I’m not sure off hand why. I suppose it makes it easier and perhaps does something to the sugar. Anyway, the smoke can make for a mess sometimes, but generally goes up pretty straight. Looks ominous.
Since the trailer was not lined up with the container, the latter did not load straight. It was off the front, right side by several inches, with a foot or more to spare on the left side. The MT&T driver spent a looong time trying to winch it over and straight. First he put a hook/pulley on the left side to angle the winch line. This worked fairly well, along with repeated up/down walkings of the trailer. After a long while he managed to get the container fully up on the trailer. It was still hanging off to the right a ways, so he moved the whole rig a few feet to the side and unloaded the container about 1/2 way. More walking and side winching later, the container was back on-board and looking pretty good. We picked up the concrete blocks and tossed them onto the trailer for use at the other end. Then away we went…. to the end of the driveway. As the rig went down the steep, short last bit to the road, the back end bottomed out… PING!! the back strap popped off and the back end moved two feet to the right. DRAT! The driver moved the rear axle to the back, raising the rear enough to get it out of the driveway. Then he spent another 30minutes trying to get it back on straight. Ugh.
Finally it was good enough and we started our slow trip down through Haiku Center (bustling town that it is) and along the Hana Highway. I got some fairly nice pics as we passed Ho’okipa Beach. There were a fair number of wind surfers out that day.
We got down to Pu’unene and Miley came out to help us site the container. We are going into the space directly back down the driveway. Its a fairly large open area that currently has some Habitat For Humanity (HfH) materials. Apparently this includes most of the parts of a steel building that got donated a while back and has been quietly rusting away. Hmmmm. There is also a big pile of electronics HfH collected a while ago, dumped here and has yet to get it disposed of properly. Might be some useful stuff there, but its probably rusted beyond use now. Too bad. We could use a few good power supplies, etc.
Dropping the container was a LOT easier than picking it up. We put down the concrete blocks and, for the most part, it sits on those. The ground is NOT level but for now it works. Once we talk with the CWD Board of Directors, we will make plans for building out. We will need to do a bit of grading to flatten the area (do un-occupied area first, move #1 container, flatten other side, drop in #2 container). We need to talk with MECO to get AC power. Then figure out best way to get internet access.
Here’s the Flicker Set for the First Container Delivery:
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