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Hana House Update – Falling in love

I’ve been thinking a lot about love lately; perhaps because it’s nearing Valentine’s day, perhaps because things for me seem to be going smoothly.  Now that the holidays have passed, we’ve slipped into that hazy routine of work, school and life at home.  I’ve been devoting more of myself to that sweet house in Hana partly because I can and partly because I really need to.  We are at a stage now where we need to throw energy into various facets at once, so that it can all come together as a whole. Last week the shower was plumbed, just in time for the inspector’s visit yesterday.  Now with that complete, the rest of the shower can go in… then the flooring… toilet and vanity (which I have yet to choose… ahem).

The electrician stopped by and together we mapped out the location of every outlet, light switch, fixture, appliance and fan.  Poor guy, I kept on begging him to please, please just wire it as he sees fit!  He was very patient with me; explaining “no can do” despite my sweetest pleas.  I find it overwhelming at times the amount of decisions I have to make.   Now that the wiring has been decided, I need to find lighting, fans and appliances to put on the ends of those wires.  My work here seems endless.

We had an incident last month where our kayak was removed from under the house.  A little word out on the “coconut wireless” had our kayak safely returned to us however it got us to thinking more about security here.  In the two plus years that we’ve been here this is the first time we’ve had issues with theft… or “borrowing” as it turned out to be.  Hana is still a very safe place to be compared to other beach communities I’m familiar with, but still, there is no excuse for complacency.  The doors in the house have been worked on so now they all lock securely and even though it will be a big job work has begun on installing skirting on the entire house. As with anything out here, it all starts with pretreating the wood. 

Perhaps the loveliest thing I saw on our visit this week was the newly planted variegated ti hedge.  It may not look like much now but someday it will be this tall thick hedge which will provide us with much needed privacy and shelter from salty wind.  I’m in love with how it contrasts with those fat-leafed taro plants and think someday the two will contrast nicely.  

I have only this man to thank for all his hard work and “aloha”  put into this property.  Chester is a treasure out here and we’re lucky to have him.  I remember a few years ago I would see him drive around with his yard tools in the back of his truck and I would flag him down, begging him to come work for us.  He resisted as long as he could but in the end I think I wore him down!  These days he tells me he cares for this place as if it were his own which makes me so happy! He shares my vision of planting plants appropriate for this peaceful retreat. I have come to know him not just as a landscaper; I have come to consider him someone I depend on and care deeply about.  He’s daring enough to tell me he can make anything grow and I’m foolish enough to believe him.Out here in this peaceful place, my mind is starting to slow.  I look around bathed in warm sunlight and I begin to feel an appreciation for the beauty that surrounds me.  There’s something about this place that is pure magic; one simply cannot hang on to those things that are bothersome.  When the complexities of constructing a house in Hana and all that entails start to get me down I’m thankful to have this place to snap me out of it. I cannot help but consider things a little differently. 

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