I arrived in Hilo on the Big Island (Hawaii) on Friday night, January 11. I experienced the longest sunset ever while flying over the Pacific, since we were flying west right at sunset. My host Mark was nice enough to pick me up at the airport, which avoided having to find the place in the dark. (Mark is from MN and is now dating a friend who lives in St Paul.)
The property is beautiful, about 6 acres up in the hills north of Hilo with a distant view of the ocean, a rushing stream and waterfall, and a Bali-style house. it’s off the grid, with all electricity coming from solar power.
They have big plans, which include adding a second house and 2+ vacation rental apartments, hydro electric power from the stream, a large building with glass blowing and pottery studios, group workshop space, camping, gardens, plus an amphitheater dug into the hill for outdoor concerts! Seeing what they’ve accomplished so far, I a think they’ll pull it off!