Today was a significant day. Three metal poles were installed this morning, in order to pull power (as well as telephone and cable lines) in to the house. The choice is to either have HELCO (Hawaii Electric Light Company) install their tall wooden poles or provide the installation on your own in the form of 21 ft tall metal poles. We checked into both options and found that installing your own poles is less expensive. Since the house is about 330 ft/100 metres away from the street (almost the maximum distance possible), we needed three poles, since the maximum distance allowed between them is 100 ft/30 metres. So today, even though it is a Sunday, was the day. Chip, who turned out to be a very cheerful guy, had the four ft deep holes drilled and the poles buried in the concrete, all by 10 am. Despite heavy rain off and on. Here he is, with his excavator, and pole #1. Pole #2 is visible in the distance, right behind him. Pole #3 is another 100 ft away, a bit to the left, but not visible in this photo.
And here I have walked straight ahead towards pole #2, which is the one to the right. Pole #3 is a bit to the left, more or less in the center of the photo, and the clearing to the left of pole #3 is where the house will be built.
Now I am closer to #3. From here, it’s almost exactly 100 ft to the location where the house will be built. Out in the open and sunny area. And that’s the workshed, a bit to the left of the center of the photo. There will be a foot trail in this area, more or less below the power line, down into this little mini ravine, and up on the other side towards the house.
And this is back at pole #1. Chip is getting ready to load his excavator on his trailer and head out. Pomaikai Street, not quite visible, is just on the other side of truck and trailer.