To Get Really Agitated

All I have to do is read the morning paper to get really agitated. So I have decided to write a new blog. I still have my real estate blog, but I find myself more compelled these days to write about what’s happening in America with our liberties and values.

Too many things (change we better pay attention to) are being rammed down our throats. We’re all busy. underwater.jpgLet’s face it with trying to pay the bills, feed the kids and keep our nostrils above the waterline and with so much coming down the pike, people feel powerless.

My contribution is make you more aware of these issues. I’ll provide links, videos and other ways you can quickly jump in and participate in what’s going on and give you a chance to voice your concerns. ** pay attention to underlined, highlighted or bolded words – these are action items **

As an example of things I will cover, did ya know CONGRESS HAS MADE THEMSELVES EXEMPT FROM ALL VERSIONS of the Health Care Reform currently before that body? Sort of begs the question – If it’s not good enough for Congress (and their federal employees and their families) why is it so great for the rest of us? THAT’S JUST WRONG!  But here’s what you can do. Congressman John Fleming of Louisiana has proposed a bill, hr-615.pdf that gives members of Congress a chance to put their money where their mouths are if they vote for the bill, by agreeing to enroll themselves in the same plan they are pushing down our throats. Go the the link here to let your representatives know how you feel and see who has signed on to it so far.

That’s it for now!

Respectfully yours,
Mikie

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Heard a Rumor Today -

Yup, I wonder if it’s true, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it is. This was from an appraiser I was chatting with. She acknowledged it as a rumor and asked if I’d heard it too, (I guess “twice-heard” solidifies the truth of the rumor -or maybe not). Anyway, it was that the developer of Sunset Ridge in Waikoloa Village is finished building houses in that project. THEY’RE JUST GOING TO SELL OFF THE REMAINING LOTS AND CALL IT A DAY.

Of course at this point it’s just that, a rumor. There’s a lot of infrastructure already in place so they have a plenty invested in the project, but it never makes sense to create inventory that you cannot sell because the carrying costs are too dang high. Selling just the lots means they won’t make their projected profits, but sometimes it’s better to cut your losses before you bleed out!

Anyway, stay tuned and maybe I’ll have some more to add to the rumor and let you in.

Aloha, Mike
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Talk Story & Other Lunar Happenings

We have friends here from the mainland and they lucked being here during a full moon, not only because a FULL MOON RISING OVER A SERENE TROPICAL SEA is one of the most beautiful sights one can ever experience, but also because of Mauna Lani Resort’s strong commitment to the perpetuation of the Hawaiian culture.

Every month on the Saturday closest to full moon, they put on a wonderfully enchanting evening of music, song and culture wrapped into one chicken-skin event (da kine goose bumps) right there on the Resort’s oceanfront lawn of the Eva Wood’s Cottage next to the ancient Hawaiian fish ponds. It’s free, everyone is invited and bringing food and drink is encouraged in the Hawaiian style of taste, pass, share. Bus-out the blankets, kick off the slippahs and sit back for some fabulous music and a great sunset and moonrise over the bay at Mauna Lani.
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Every month they keep it a surprise as to who the special invited guest entertainer may be, but it’s always someone noteworthy and you never go away disappointed. Saturday’s guests were none other than Cecilio & Company of the old CECILIO & KAPONO!! -wow, what a treat! For a more information on these lunar happenings, and the dates of future events so you don’t miss your chance next time you’re on island, check it out here: Twilight at Kalahuipua’a -Evenings Under a Hula Moon.

That’s my Tip of the Day and I’m sticking to it!
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Aloha, Mike
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Buy a House -Win a New Truck!

You don’t even need to get A HOLE-IN-ONE TO WIN A NEW TRUCK, toyota-tacoma.jpgall you have to do is buy a house through one of the more creative incentive programs offered lately by these local developers in Waimea on the Big Island.

BTW, this blog post falls under the “Coconut Wireless” category because the tip came from our friend Carmine who heard it at his Thursday night poker game! No lie, but it was the first I’d heard of it. Sure enough the next day it was all over the radio, so I called the sales office and it’s true!

D.R. Horton, which is a massive home development company you may be familiar with through projects in other states, has joint ventured with Schuler Homes and Parker Ranch in the creation of Luala’i at Parker Ranch in Kamuela (Waimea) and has a fun sales incentive going on right now.

If you buy any home they have in their inventory (and you are not taking advantage of any of their other incentives) you will get a NEW TOYOTA TACOMA TRUCK at closing! I think the only other stipulation is you have to close in the normal 45 day time frame a typical escrow takes.

Now if the big shiny, new truck doesn’t turn you on, well there are other incentives to choose from, but I just think this is really clever and actually shows some motivation on the Seller’s part -something we need more of in this market!

So what other incentives is D.R. Horton at Luala’i offering? Try these:

  1. 5.625% financing through their in house lenders
  2. 100% financing with a buydown paid by D.R. Horton
  3. free backyard landscaping
  4. and . . . TO KEEP THE AGENTS HAPPY THEY ARE OFFERING A 5% SALES COMMISSION on a particular house each month. This month the agent bonus is being offered on the Waena Model, the beautiful 4-bedroom pictured here.
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    The sales team has really put their heads together and developed some great marketing to at least gets people considering buying one of their homes and I think that’s a good thing!

    Aloha, Mike
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Mauna Kea Gets First Snow of the Year!

That’s right, I said SNOW!! It does snow in Hawaii, at least on the Big Island and we just had a Kona storm that brought us our first this year! The same Kona storm rained us off the golf course this afternoon which doesn’t happen very often.

Now to educate you a little. A Kona storm means basically a storm from the south (Kona side of the island. Kona side also refers to the leeward side of the island). Since the tradewinds blow from the North East, most of our weather comes from that direction. But when we have a Kona storm, the wind and weather is coming from the South. And Kona storms can sometime bring heavy rain, hence snow at elevation on Mauna Loa (13,679 ft) and Mauna Kea (13,796 ft).

I’ve actually seen snow on Mauna Kea as early as October and as late at June. It’s always exciting to see the first snowfall. I remember when I used to live in Kohala and I’d be driving the Kohala Mountain Road (Hwy 250) on my way to the office in Waimea. You’re driving along this fairly curving road and all of a sudden you round a bend and “Wow, look at the snow!”. If it’s clear, it’a absolutely beautiful. The pastures in the valley below you are the most verdant green imaginable, with a gorgeous blue sky backdrop and then, BAM – Snow topped mountains so close and vivid you could almost reach out and touch them. Coming from Kohala you see Mauna Loa first, but not much further along Mauna Kea comes into view. If Mauna Loa has snow, Mauna Kea will too. I have actually pulled off the road just to gaze at this beautiful site more than once.

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As they say, “Lucky we live Hawaii!”

Aloha, Mike
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Ut Oh, Shipping Prices Just Went Up (again!)

For the first time ever in response, I suppose to the latest record breaking $88/barrel, the PUC is allowing Young Bros. Ltd. to add a fuel surcharge to its rates. It will be adjusted every 3 months as the price goes up or down (yeah right on the down part, just like a temporary tax increase!).

To add insult to injury, the Public Utilities Commission also granted another rate increase! The third in as many years. All I can say is, it’s a good reason to work at becoming a more sustainable island. Grow and consume what we need right here on the island. Take Young Bros., Matson and CSX Lines right out of the picture -at least to the degree possible.

Aloha, Mike
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Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Dances with Insurers

I swear, I never met an insurance company I liked. I’ll bet you are the same. Why do you think The Rainmaker, by John Grisham was such a hit? He exposed what all of us know to be true -insurance companies basically have a license to steal! They’re a rip-off no matter how you look at it. Oh my gosh. By the time you pay the deductibles and find out all the exclusions you thought you were covered for and wade through the fine print -fagetaboutit, you’re screwed.

Did you ever have a fender bender and find that after paying and paying year after year, your premium suddenly skyrockets? Duh, that’s why we had the insurance in the first place isn’t it? To cover the unforeseen, both fender benders and life’s catastrophic events that may come our way.

Well now our very own Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is doing the dance with their insurance carrier. If the Big Island’s October 15th earthquate wasn’t a catastrophic event (a 6.7 rock-a-baby!) what was? And now we learn that Mauna Kea’s re-opening will be delayed as the hotel and their insurer haggle over what constitutes repair and what falls under the remodel or renovate umbrella. I’ve even heard that the insurance company claims the hotel could have remained partially open (is that like almost pregnant?), during repairs! Crazy is all I can say.

But never mind, what can you do? Don’t worry, be happy. At least that beautiful beach is still there and open for business!
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Aloha, Mike
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Huge Upset For Kohala Cowboys

I have always like the Kohala Cowboys -they’re scrappers. They’re not the biggest size-wise, whether you’re talking football or basketball the kids are generally smaller in stature than opposing teams, but THEY HAVE HEART AND THEY NEVER GIVE UP! I remember years ago watching the Cowboy basketball team run circles around bigger kids and win on speed and agility.

But today we’re talking gridiron and last night the Kohala Cowboys beat the Konawaena Wildcats for the FIRST TIME IN 35 YEARS! Not only that, they did it on Koanwaena’s turf, Julian R. Yates Field.

Kohala High School athletic teams don’t often win BIIF Championships, but they always make their opponents work hard and they sometimes come out on top. This says a lot for such a small school without the depth that say a Hilo High School or Konawaena always has just because their school population is so much bigger. The Kohala Cowboy athletes (and Cowgirls too!) are more than likely multi-sport paticipants with the coaches always striving to fill their roster.

Kohala quarterback Blaise Kise connected with Kohala senior, Zeke Perry midway through the 4th quarter for the winning Cowboy touchdown. First year coach, Billy Rodriques was ecstatic with this win saying,

“These guys worked so hard this week. Words can’t describe how happy I am with this win”.

Never mind size, stature or anything else, these guys will all be BMOC come Monday morning!

If you are moving to the Big Island or moving to Kohala, you’ll find without any professional sports and very limited access to college sports on the island, that we love our high school teams. You can’t imagine the fun you will have if you hook up to the local teams and become a fan.

Aloha, Mike

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Yoga Ed Project in Kohala Schools!

This is huge! This new program, YOGA ED, meets all of the Physical Education standards of the DOE (dept. of Education) for the State of Hawaii. The support from teachers, principals, students, directors and counselors has been terrific. Yoga Ed, has been made available in part through a grant written by school Principal, Ellie Laszlo and from funds donated by the North Kohala Community Resource Center and other sources, will be in Kohala Elementary School this year.

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Led by certified yoga instructor Jacqui Pailing, the project is fully funded to provide yoga classes for every elementary school classroom this fall as well as the after school A+ program. Christine Richardson of NKCRC has been Jacqui’s mentor and both are proud of this accomplishment.

According to Dr. Dean Ornish, M.D., Founder & President of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute of SF, Calif.,

Yoga is a powerful system for helping children stay focused, centered, and peaceful which, in turn helps them concentrate better, learn more, and gain physical and mental health throughout their lives. Highly recommended.”

Jacqui has targeted the Middle School at Kohala next and her ultimate goal is to get Yoga Ed,  in all the public schools. The project can receive donations through the North Kohala Community Resource Center by calling (808) 889-5523 or email, nkcrc@wave.bicv.net.
Aloha, Mike

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Vulture Buyers on the Way!

I have been expecting it and now it’s happening. THE VULTURES ARE ARRIVING! These are the buyers who’ve been on the sidelines waiting for the pricing to come down to their acceptable level and when they preceive that to have happened they sweep down out of the sky and pluck up those bargains before anyone else has a chance.

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Now don’t get me wrong, this is not meant to be derogatory at all. In fact, I see it as a good sign because it marks a turning point in the real estate market, a very critical paradigm shift. Meaning?? Well most of us agree we’ve been in a buyer’s market for quite some time, several months at least, but until the Sellers are on board as far as pricing goes, there really isn’t much market activity, and we have seen that. (“Ho-hum, I think I’ll go to Italy for a year or so” as a fellow Realtor expressed to me recently).

It is happening now -just starting, so you could be on the leading edge if you wanted, either as a buyer or a seller -although it’s going to be much more fun for buyers. Anyway, I believe we’ve reached that tipping point. One seller in a particular market decides it’s over, no more fooling around, it’s time to cut losses and move on. They demonstate this new attitude with a drastic price reduction. Most likely preceeded by smaller, incremental price drops, but this is the BIGGIE, they are through messing around.

The example I witnessed in our market this week was a NEW house- new construction, never lived in, that plummeted $145,000 from it’s previous price, and $185,000 from it’s original price. Now at $380,000 it’s a new low in the Waikoloa market.

Doing what any self-respecting Realtor would do, I made a few calls to see if I could drum up any interest.

This house is going to sell this week and don’t even think about less than FULL PRICE because very likely there will be multiple offers.

Well, one party was game but before I could get a return call from the listing agent to even show the house, they had 4 offers on it! Two she said, were cash offers, and at least one was over asking price!

So how do sellers take part in this paradigm shift? Well if they can see the writing on the wall, they will quickly follow suit, but ahead of the pack and do the BIG price adjustment, gulp down their lofty expectations (yes, even losses), and get it sold. Once our example house sells it becomes the newest, most recent comp for appraisers and buyers, and then guess what? Prices will have to fall to sellable levels.

Before things stablize, Buyers can jump in for the really good deals, but don’t expect to be successful if you are not prepared. Prepared with cash (or at least an impressive down payment) or darn good supporting documents to demonstrate that you can pull it off. As for sellers, who knows, maybe if you are one of those akamai sellers willing to jump in (or I should say jump “out”) ahead of the pack, and you have other assets you may even be able to turn around and scoop up a bargain yourself! It could ease the pain, you know, sort of like going out to buy a new puppy after losing your favorite pet. It could be therapeutic.

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But like it or not, play or not as you choose, it is happening. The Vulture Buyers are here, ready willing and able to turn this market around! I am more than ready to see it happen.

Aloha, Mike

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New Statewide Building Code

Well as in all things Hawaii (read: on Hawaiian time) and especially when it involves the government, passing a law and implementing it are two very different animals, but the state legislature this last session passed a law requiring the Dept. of Accounting and General Services to establish a Statewide Building Code Council and implement a uniform statewide building code.

I guess the theory is that architects, builders, contractors, designers, etc., doing business on more than one island would find this an improvement over the current practice of the individual counties establishing their own building codes. Additionally, building inspectors and other enforcers would be required to apply consistent standards. I guess so, but I’m sorry, it still sounds like another committee set up to study something to death and it may be a long time before it comes to fruition, if ever. And we all know government involvement doesn’t necessarily make things better. Witness the $1.1 Billion (with a capital B) in farm payments sent to more than 170,000 dead people over a seven-year period, according to congressional investigators!

In any case, stand by to stand by!

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Aloha, Mike

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Hawaiians Live Longer & Love Better

Okay, now that I have your attention! I don’t know about being better lovers, but the first part is true, Hawaii has the nation’s highest life expectancy! How good is that? Well, it’s wonderful if you live in Hawaii but if not, that’s where we come in! Go to: www.MikeSells.com . . . ; >)

But kidding aside it’s true, life expectancy in Hawaii is 81.3 years whereas the national average was 77.5 as of 2003. For more current longevity information go to: http://www.fox50.com/news/trends/7649502.html

One possible bump in the road for this very good news according to Sylvia Yuen, director of the University of Hawaii Center on the Family, http://uhfamily.hawaii.edu/ “is that Hawaii may not remain among the leaders in life expectancy in coming years because of the growing number of obese residents who don’t take care of their health”. Me, I’m thinking maybe too many plate lunches; loco mocos, 2 scoop rice and macaroni salad?

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In any case, there’s no doubt about it, there are a ton of food choices in Hawaii -not all of them healthy, but with our excellent weather, so many outdoor activities available year round and an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables, there’s no reason not to be healthy and live a long, long life. I sure intend to!

Aloha, Mike

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Hawaii Cat Survives 19 Days in a Matson Shipping Container!

We’ve all heard stories about cats and dogs, but especially cats, finding their way home even from very far away, but how about 3,000 miles?? Yep, that’s right, this cat named “Spice” acidentally got shut up in a Matson container (www.matson.com) when her human family members (the Escamillas from Waikoloa) were loading up the container in preparation for their move back to California.

They were heart-broken to have to finally leave Waikoloa without her, but when she didn’t turn up they had no choice.
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But low and behold and dreading the worst, when they opened the container 3 weeks later and saw bits of cat hair among their packed furnishing they were all shocked to see Spice still alive! It was actually 19 days, shut up in a dark, stuffy moving container. NO FOOD, NO WATER, NO LIGHT and no fresh air, but somehow she made it.

The Escamilla Family were clients of mine who’s spec we sold a few months before they departed for the mainland. Pam said “This cat used up 2 or 3 of its supposed nine lives“, although she said “the cat never was the fu-fu type of cat, she was a mouser”. The family tried to baby her after she regained her strenght, but she wasn’t happy, she wanted back outside running around again. So all’s well that ends well and Spice is glad to be reunited with her family!

Aloha, Mike

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Rotary is a Big Player in North Hawaii

If you’ve been on the Big Island long and especially in North Hawaii (comprising the communities of Waimea, Hamakua, Waikoloa and Kohala) you may have noticed over the years many activities the Rotary Club of North Hawaii www.north-hawaii-rotary.org/ of Rotary International) has been involved in.

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More likely however, is that you are unaware of more projects and activities than you are aware of. I have been a member of the local club for at least ten years, so I’d like to highlight some of what our club accomplished locally just this past year.

  1. Raised funds and organized permitting and construction of a $60,000 open-air, covered pavallion which we then donated to the local YMCA as a gift to the community

  2. Donated tools, materials and funds ($1,500) to erect a greenhouse and permanent irrigation system for Mala’ai, the culinary gardens of Waimea Middle School

  3. Helped ($1,000) replace worn out camping gear for the Boy Scouts of America, Troop #27 for a program supporting boys from 11-18 years old, emphasizing basic values of trust, respect, duty to family, God and country

  4. Donated funds ($600) to North Hawaii Hospice to redesign office space to comply with HIPPA privacy laws

  5. Donated $1,000 to Brantley Center, Inc., to establish a native Hawaiian plant nursery as part of a vocational training program to the disabled in Hamakua, North and South Kohala

  6. Donated $1,000 to North Kohala Community Resource Center to provide support to its earthquake related projects

  7. Donated $1,000 to VASH (Visitor Aloha Society of West Hawaii) supporting its volunteer response program to visitors victimized by crime, medical emergencies, death or other problems during their stay on the island

  8. Donated $300 to West Hawaii Dance Theater for dance scholarships in programs for children in the programs at Hualalai Academy and Waikoloa Elementary School

  9. Donated $1,000 to the Carlton Cherrigan Youth in Sports Memorial Fund for youth sports equipment and higher education scholarships in Hamakua and Kamuela

  10. Donated $1,900 to Good Beginnings Alliance program for abuse recovery women

  11. Donated $1,000 for Earl’s Garage, a Friends of the Futurewww.tutushouse.org/linkshawaii.html educational program where studens learn to stategize, design and build robots, gaining a better understanding of science, math and problem solving

  12. Donated $1,000 to The Pacific War Memorial Association to help develop a portable, interactive photo display for schools and libraries statewide telling the story of Hawaii’s role in World War II

  13. Donated $1,000 to the Hawaii Wildlife Center (to be located in North Kohala) toward the design and construction of a facility to care for sick, injured and orphaned endemic and indigenous wildlife

  14. Sponsored five 10th & 11th grade students to Rotary Youth Leadership Camp

  15. Donated materials, labor and $1,900 for Waimea’s West Hawaii Mediation Center for its peer mediation program for grades 3 and up

  16. Donated $700 to Ka Hale O Na Keiki Preschool in Honoka’a for materials and for its playground renovation project

  17. Provided $700 to the YWCA Hamakua Youth Center to help with operating costs for its after school programs and activities for the Drop-in Center

  18. Provided Honoka’a High School with a Basics of Financial Management curriculum

  19. Coached Family Support Services Waimea’s after school youth programs on voacation selection, hiring tips and the hotel business

  20. Distributed more than 300 dictionaries to 3rd graders in most of the areas public and private schools as well as to home schoolers in North Hawaii

There were many more accomplishments through Rotary International’s matching grants program, but too many to inumerate here. I’ll cover those in an update to this blog at a later date.

If you are a Rotary member planning to move to Waimea, Waikoloa, Kohala or Hamakua please contact me about membership in our club! If you’re not a member but would like to consider joining, likewise let me know.

Aloha, Mike

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Small Town Blues on the Big Island?

I’ve recounted this several times over the years, but hearing a rumor that Walgreens www.Walgreens.com is moving into the islands and knowing some folk’s resistance to the “Americanization of Hawaii”, I am reminded of it again. (Yeah, it’s funny we laugh when we hear “back in the States” from tourists, but a lot of us refer to the mainland as “America” because we know even though Hawaii is a state, (since 1959 in case you’re not smarter than a 5th grader!) we are unique in so many ways.

Anyway, I digress. When I first moved to the Big Island from Oahu 24 years ago there was only 1 grocery store in Waimea and it closed every day at 5 o’clock! It was called Sure Save, but being the only game in town, you can imagine it was anything but. My husband and I nicknamed it “Sure Spend”. But really, we were glad to have a grocery store period. Otherwise we’d have to drive to Honokaa twenty minutes away to T. Kaneshiro Store or all the way to Kona or Hilo for some real shopping.

That’s another thing. When we left home to come into town from our small rental up on Nob Hill (the familiar backdrop to town also known as Buster Brown), if we turned right we could drive about 45 miles before we hit the first traffic light in Kona. Turning left, it was 65 miles to the first light in Hilo. Having so few shopping choices in town we’d make a list and stick it on the refrigerator for the next time we ventured back to Oahu. Soon, no longer wanting to go back to Oahu, we found ourselves inviting friends and family over here. So the list on the frig became things we would pick up in Hilo or Kona next time we went. Well that got old too, and we finally figured if we couldn’t find it in Waimea –we probably didn’t need it!

We shed a little tear too when we got our first traffic light. We were traveling in Europe when we heard about it on the coconut wireless! Mickey taught at HPA, www.hpa.edu so we often traveled in the summers and we actually spotted it in the USA TODAY section which gives a little blurb about each state. It was right there before our very eyes: Hawaii, Kamuela –“Tiny Big Island town to get its first traffic light”. I was so bummed! I told my husband, “How you like that? We leave town and the whole place falls apart!”

So how does it sit to hear Walgreens may be on the way? Well I admit I don’t want my Hawaii to look like any other place in “America”. And if they make it all just a big parking lot it will lose its allure for you too!

Aloha, Mike

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