Talking Story with Lucy Clark, RB, about North Kohala, Big Island
When I first moved to the Big Island from Oahu I truly thought things would be the same with the exception of lava – lava everywhere. But I was wrong. Life on the Big Island happens a little slower than on Oahu (although to outsiders, even Oahu moves slow)… for which I am grateful. When I moved here from the windward side of Oahu, I landed in North Kohala. Coming from Kaneohe, I felt like I had landed somewhere that didn’t know the rest of the world had moved on. It was uncomfortable for a while. I had expected certain things like: sewer systems instead of cesspools/ septic tanks that needed to be pumped by the honeywagon.
There were 2 post offices – both of which did not deliver mail. There was no trash pick up – everyone gathered at the dump. There was only one movie theater, and it only sold candy bars. You were expected to bring your own refreshments. The roof was made of tin – so if it rained you could forget about hearing the movie. Everything closed by 1pm on Sundays. Traveling to Costco took about 1.5 hours and if you forgot your shopping list, forget it. There was no turning back.
Things have not changed that much in North Kohala. The movie theater is closed. The post office still doesn’t deliver. There is no sewer system, but we do have high speed internet! The post office and transfer stations (dumps) are still a good place to catch up on the latest news. The faces are changing. North Kohala’s fair is much bigger now. Lots more fresh and organic fruits and vegetables are offered. We have great restaurants like Sushi Rock. And there are some truly amazing historic homes on the market for sale, like this one listed by Hawaii Life: http://www.hawaiilife.com/property225119-1.html
O’ahu keeps building and developing. It is such a beautiful island with the Koolau range as a back drop. Aptly nicknamed the Gathering Place, Oahu now has over a million cars on the road. Freeways, via ducts, highways, buildings, cement everywhere. Life moves faster. I am happy to call the Big Island home. The price differential for property sometimes amazes people, you can buy so much more for your money on the Big Island than Oahu. For example, here is a starter home in Kapaau, on Kynnersley Road: http://www.hawaiilife.com/property227807-1.html ItÂ needs some TLC, but where can you find an old plantation home on Oahu for $275K?