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The 3 most important things in real estate are location, location, location and Daylight Mind Coffee Company has all of these. The setting is beyond wonderful as we are sitting for lunch on their lanai listening to the water crashing on the rocks a short 20 feet away. Looking into Kona Bay we see a local boy gathering his fishing nets with his fresh catch of the day. You know he’s eating… Read More

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  Life is good. Gosh, life is amazing. Right now I am relaxing in a round, well cushioned chair looking out passed the palm trees to the ocean while listening to the music Keali’i Raichel. Stopping at Pine Tree Cafe for lunch we arrived in Waikoloa Beach for some fun and business. Feeling the need to relax and remember why we moved to Hawaii I walked into the Marriott Waikoloa Hotel and… Read More

  Today we are dining at the Three Fat Pigs Restaurant at the King’s Shops at Waikoloa Beach, Hawaii. The restaurant is owned by Chef Ippy Aiona, the Hawaiian local chef who became famous when he became Food Network’s top chef star. Raised in the kitchen of his parent’s Solimene’s Italian Restaurant in Waimea, Hawaii, Chef Ippy learned the fine art of cooking at a young age. Armed with an inspired curiosity… Read More

It’s autumn again and I am excited. I love watching the leaves on the deciduous trees change through the spectrum that defines autumn.  The air is cool and the colors are warm. I can already smell, in my mind, the fireplaces burning last years seasoned wood. Yes, when you live at 3,000 feet elevation in Hawaii it is cold and people do have fireplaces, unfortunately I haven’t seen any leaves changing yet…. Read More

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I am an alien. I am a transplant. I am a haole. I could live here a hundred years and the most I will ever be is a “Resident of Hawaii.” I even wonder if I will ever truly use the term “local.” I have spoke of this before. To be Hawaiian one must have Hawaiian blood running through their veins since birth. Then there are varying degrees of Hawaiian. There is… Read More

I am often asked why I moved to Hawaii. My response has usually been, “Because of everything which is Hawaii.” As I sit here I look across the golf course, through the palm trees, up the hill towards Waimea.  The hills along the Kohala Coast are covered in fluffy, puffy clouds. I am awed by the richness of the colors. Since Hawaii is the most remote place on the face of the… Read More

I love Kalua Pork. I love Loco Moco. I love Ippy’s Hawaiian Barbecue. When I saw that Chef Ippy had my favorite foods together at one of my favorite restaurants, I got excited. So I just ordered the pork loco moco on a bed of rice and macaroni salad. Yum!! First bite of the mac salad with tuna and thinly sliced carrots and the perfect balance of salt is mouth watering leaving… Read More

Leise and I stuck around the booth a bit that week and the following and learned more about the coffee.  John had sold coffee for 2 years working with a friend from “South Island,” an area called Ka’u. He had samples of this as well.  Likewise, fantastic coffee. The Javaloha label was from the northern part of the island on the Hamakua Coast. What’s the difference?  Ka’u is grown on the side… Read More

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I recently was recounting my introduction to Hawaiian coffee and I felt compelled to share it. I was truly excited when I got invited on an exclusive tour of White Mountain Coffee Company’s farm. Why was I so excited?  Since I first began to have big dreams I said, “In my life I will own a coffee plantation and a vineyard.”  Today, I become 1 step closer to my dream of owning… Read More

I love to see my iPad display read no service. As cell phones first came into existence we had to deal with the first generation of “mobile” phones. The term cellular was not used at the time. In the early days of mobile phones you had to carry the equivalent of a boom box or ghetto blaster on your shoulder. They were 2 pieces, you had the hand set which was attached… Read More

We have heard so many great things about Lemongrass Express Restaurant in the Queens Shops’ food court since they first opened. Right across from Ippy’s Hawaiian Barbecue, one of our favorites in Waikoloa Beach area of the Island of Hawai’i. The “Express” is because it is a scaled down version of the Lemongrass Bistro in Kona about 40 minutes to the south of Waikoloa Beach. To optimize our experience we each ordered… Read More

I stare at the blank screen. The blank screen which represents so many future journal writings and blog entries. The countless stories representing so many peoples lives and experiences.  My writings will capture some of those experiences.  More importantly, they are written with the hopes of wetting your appetite for your own travels, your own experiences.  Whether you dream of Paris in springtime, riding the night train to Katmandu, taking a slow… Read More