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don’t know” where we’ll go, Gal­lagher said. “Most likely we’ll go south. When we’re done with this, we’ll say, ‘Where do you need 12 people with this type of ex­pe­ri­ence?’”

As of now, Gal­lagher and his team are in Au­gusta, Ge­or­gia, help­ing to clean up the shel­ter op­er­a­tions in that area.

He was one of two ARC vol­un­teers from Kauai who left for the Main­land as Hur­ri­cane Irma bar­reled to­ward Florida in early September. He left Kauai Sept. 7 and plans to be on the Main­land un­til Thursday.

“I flew into Raleigh (North Carolina) and got or­ders to get to Ma­con, where we opened up two shel­ters,” Gal­lagher said.

One shel­ter was aimed at those with spe­cial and ac­cess needs, and that shel­ter ac­cepted about 90 people. The other shel­ter was filled with al­most 200 evac­uees from south­ern Ge­or­gia.

People started ar­riv­ing early Sept. 10 and the storm hit Sept. 11.

“It re­ally felt like some­thing you’d see in the movies,” Gal­lagher said. “The build­ing was pretty se­cure, but you could hear it whistling.”

A chal­lenge Gal­lagher faced over the past few days was a lack of in­for­ma­tion flow­ing into the shel­ters. In fact, they weren’t even sure when the storm was go­ing to hit.

“They said, ‘Do a lock­down at 8 a.m. and don’t let people out,’ but the storm didn’t a lot of this there. It’s in­ter­est­ing to see what hu­mans can do to other hu­mans.”

Janell Per­reira was an­other Ka­paa stu­dent tour­ing the ex­hibit.

“It’s sad,” she said. “It’s also cool. I don’t know how to de­scribe the feel­ing I have, but it is very in­ter­est­ing. It opens my eyes to other things go­ing on in other places.”

An­other Peace Day event, the Path­ways for Peace pre­sented by the In­ter­faith Roundtable of Kauai, takes place to­day from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Ly­dgate Beach Park main pav­il­ion fea­tur­ing mu­sic, re­fresh­ments, non-vi­o­lent com­mu­ni­ca­tion sem­i­nars by Isa Maria, multi-cul­tural prayers, a hit un­til 11 p.m.,” Gal­lagher said. “So overnight, that was when the wind was re­ally bad.”

Anna My­ers, Red Cross vol­un­teer from Princeville, left for Or­lando on Sept. 6 and ended up in Tal­la­has­see.

“They had the brunt of it and she hasn’t had ac­cess to com­mu­ni­ca­tion,” Gal­lagher said.

TGI wasn’t able to reach My­ers, but Gal­lagher said he re­ceived a few text mes­sages early Fri­day that con­firmed her safety.

“She said it was pretty rough, so they gave her the day off after that,” he said.

In Ge­or­gia, Gal­lagher ar­rived after most of the people had al­ready gone to the shel­ters, so he im­me­di­ately set to work reg­is­ter­ing them, find­ing them cots and do­ing vis­ual checks for any ob­vi­ous med­i­cal needs.

“It was a fairly poor pop­u­la­tion com­ing in,” he said. “A lot of the people didn’t have the means or trans­porta­tion to get some­place safe.”

The state of Ge­or­gia sup­plied buses for those people, and trans­ported them to the shel­ter.

“Once the storm hit, we weren’t let­ting any­one out­side,” Gal­lagher said. “There was a lot of wind and a lit­tle rain.”

While Gal­lagher has been part of dis­as­ter re­lief op­er­a­tions world­wide, he said re­sponse to Hur­ri­cane Irma was a new ex­pe­ri­ence.

“This is so much big­ger,” he said. “We don’t even know the whole en­com­pass­ing ef­fects of it be­cause so many dif­fer­ent people have been af­fected.” pup­pet show, a dove re­lease and more.

A Pledge for Peace on Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. will pre­sented by the Kauai Soto Zen Tem­ple, Eleele School, the Story- book Theatre of Hawaii and the Fam­ily and Friends of Agri­cul­ture, cen­ter­ing around the World Peace Kan­non statue on the grounds of the Kauai Soto Zen Tem­ple in Hanapepe.

PHOTOS BY DEN­NIS FU­JI­MOTO / THE GAR­DEN IS­LAND

ABOVE: Rose Warken-Ce­bal­los per­forms an in­ter­pre­tive hula fronting the Bridge of Peace Fes­ti­val back­drop Satur­day at the Kauai Veter­ans Cen­ter in Li­hue. BE­LOW: Ka­paa High School stu­dent Han­nah Collins-Doi­jode is en­grossed with the story of Sadako Sasaki in the Ko­jiki Art Ex­hibit.

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