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The Great Wall of Pahoa

// Author: Annetta Lucero // 4 Comments


I have completed the seemingly impossible today!  (With a little help from my friend.)
I began building the Great Wall of Pahoa many months ago as part of my mission to re-use as may materials as I could from my own house-building process.  In essence, I have re-purposed the scraps from the discarded materials I scavenged to build major portions of our family home.
My right-hand, yes-man / friend / carpenter / “cardboarder” has been the incomparable Mark (Hillbilly Gentleman) Kerby.  Mark and I have laughed, screamed, sweat, bled, painted, pounded, glued, sawed, nailed, pasted, taped, climbed, balanced and snickered our way to the top of a 20 foot stairwell wall utilizing wood cuttings I’ve  hoarded for nearly two years.  Almost everybody has been irritated at one time or another by my piles, stashes, squirreled-away pieces of seemingly useless wood.  Many, including my dearest Mark, loving Noah and screeching children have told me to use the wood pieces for “kindling” a “bon-fire”, or for filling cavernous lava tube holes on our property.  “BAH!”  I would shout as I tightly held my treasures to my bosom,  “these precious wood scraps shall find their place in my world of house-ness!”

Alas!  I have finally not only succeeded in creating a wonderful work of art, reducing construction waste, and saving on having to purchase dry wall or siding for a large area—  more importantly, I have humbly proven that I WAS RIGHTT, MY IDEA WAS BRILLIANT AND I AM A GENIUS!!!!

Did this project take a long time?  YES.
Was it frustrating, difficult and inconvenient?  AFFIRMATIVE.
Will I ever attempt this again for anyone else?  NO WAY JOSE.
Does it look AWESOME and make me exceedingly joyful?  ABSOLUTELY!

Next time you have a desire to create and complete a task, no matter how crazy it may seem to everyone around you, please remember The Great Wall of Pahoa and proceed with enthusiasm!

Great wall    Great Wall w/ stairs




  1. Becky - October 30, 2013 5:21 am

    You have such a beautiful and creative soul!

  2. Penny - October 30, 2013 5:44 am

    I LOVE IT!!! The Great Wall of Pahoa is the Great Wall of Determination! I wish more people would take time to see the potential in everything, no matter how insignificant it may seem.

  3. Jenna - October 31, 2013 2:32 am

    Thanks for being sustainable.! Well done!

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