CHAPTER 1 ~ GETTING THERE
Waking up to roosters
We finally arrived at our new home. Let me show you around. This is the ohana above the carport. That's what they call a little apartment in Hawai'i. I had it set up so cute, with just enough furniture for a visit. When we relocated, we moved into the ohana first until we could order new mattresses. The girls slept on the pull out couch.
The ohana kitchen is very small and has no dishwasher or stove - just a hotplate. It's okay for a vacation visit, but we had lots of work to do - no time for washing dishes by hand.
Once we got the electricity turned on, we moved all the cooking downstairs into the main kitchen. It was heaven. I always take time to appreciate the small luxuries of life.
One of the first things we bought was a gas grill - we had to use it to cook on until the electricity company turned the juice on a couple days after we got here. (The electric company is HELCO - do companies think about their names?)
I put the grill on the front lanai - easy walking to the kitchen, even if I did feel like a hillbilly cooking out there.
Manifesting Paradise ~ Book Photos
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The girl's school is in the next town west of us, Waimea. Hawai'i Preparatory Academy has a very good reputation. The Lower Campus is right in town. It houses the elementary and middle schools. This is where Faye will attend classes.
The Upper Campus with the High School is a couple miles further west, just outside of town on a big campus. Half of the kids are boarders, many from the Pacific Rim. The classes take place in different buildings like a college. These two buildings house the student union (left), and cafeteria (right).
Do you notice how much browner the grass is here than on the Village Campus picture? That's the difference between the dry and wet sides of the island.
This is the science building for the high school, though some science classes are held in the new Energy Lab up the hill. Jade will be taking Physics this year.
You can see the hilly nature of Waimea in the distance. That's part of the Kohala Mountain range.
I made chicken quite a bit on our new grill those first two weeks. It felt a bit like a revenge meal for all the rooster crowing we heard. I like to marinate my chicken pieces especially breasts, as they can be a bit dry otherwise.