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Old 05-20-2011, 01:28 PM
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Originally Posted by hotzcatz View Post
Hmm, the lack of brick construction also might be because most bricks are imported. They make some concrete blocks in Hilo at Glover's, but nobody makes red brick or kiln type bricks in the islands that I know of. Although a lot of folks want the old kiln bricks that were in the sugar mills to make walkways out of or backyard barbeques with. There is also probably a lack of skilled masons to build the brick buildings, too, so not only the material but the craftspeople would have to be imported. I suppose if there were a demand for them, then both would be imported but since nobody really builds much with brick, folks just don't choose brick very often. Partly for whatever reasons some folks don't build with brick and partly because other folks don't build with brick.
Brick performs poorly in seismic zones.
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Old 05-20-2011, 02:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Razzbar View Post
1. Stucco is almost unknown in windward Hawaii (Hilo side), because it doesn't like to be damp. Moss, mold, and mildew problems are guaranteed, and it'd probably dissolve. You might be able to get away with it in a really dry area, such as between Waimea and Kona side. You never see brick construction in Hawaii, either. Various reasons, but think about earthquakes when you think of any kind of masonry construction.

2. Steel is going to be the same as it is on the mainland. Steel buildings are common in industrial and agricultural areas, but they could very well be banned in certain subdivisions.

3. Gas has to be delivered, or you can use a portable tank and fill it in town. There's no gas pipline. Hey, there's no water and sewer some places.

4. No idea.
When you refer to "Steel is going to be the same as it is on the mainland", are you refering to Steel Buildings like General Steel, or steel framing (which I was referring to)?

My current location of choice is in the Waimea area, dry side.

BTW, is there enough rain on the dry side of Waimea to do catchment?

Originally Posted by AlohaHuey View Post
Brick performs poorly in seismic zones.
Yes, the refer to it as unreinforced masonry, and it is great for burying cars and pedestrians walking by. I am looking at a framed structure, or the Concreate Reinforced Insulated Panel system. Not sure yet.

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Old 05-20-2011, 08:10 PM
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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I think most of the lots on the dry side of Waimea have County water available, don't they? I don't track properties in that area, though. Depending on where you are, it can get pretty dry over there. The closer you get to Kawaihae, the less rainfall. I think the annual average in Kawaihae is somewhere around ten inches. There are rainfall maps, though, so you can look at the maps once you find the specific area you are interested in. The rainfall can change within several miles, which is why it's difficult to come up with a specific number.

If it doesn't rain enough, you can have a truck bring water to fill up the tank. It's expensive, though. There was a big drilling rig on the side of the road up there on the dry side of Waimea for several years. I always thought they were drilling for water but I don't know how much water they are going to find at that elevation.
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