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Old 04-22-2007, 11:52 AM   #1
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Here's an interesting real estate perspective on one of my favorite parts of the islands, especially Pahoa. Check out the stunning vistas and low-maintenance back yard in the first article. It's so quiet at night in some neighborhoods that you're jolted awake at 2 AM by the sound of a coconut dropping off the tree into your tidepool.

Unfortunately the scant infrastructure that makes it so attractive also means that it's an hour's drive to the nearest Home Depot. Spouse draws the line well before that.

"Puna residents in harm's way"
"Puna residents face homeowner challenges

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Old 04-22-2007, 12:47 PM   #2
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Thanks. Good articles, show both sides. We've been to the Big Island a number of times and while flowing lava is most impressive, don't know if I'd like to have it in my backyard.

OTOH--when's the last time you had to walk through a snow canyon ten feet tall to get to your mailbox, or had to brave below 0 (F) temps?

Nice here now, tho, sunny and in the 80's.

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I love the Hawaiian terms for lava which are standard geological terms now. Especially the A'a' which is what the spiky sharp stuff is called. So easy to imagine Hawaiians gingerly crossing it making that sound! LOL!

Well, I thought I was retired. But it seems that now I'm working as a travel agent instead!
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We just visited the big island and the volcano the end of last month. Stayed at KMC on the top for a nite. My boys said the best part of the trip was going to watch the laval flow at night. It was pretty neat.

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my best friend used to vacation in puna and told me i'd love it there. have been studying from afar. shows a choice of 82 fee simple minimum 2/2 single family houses on at least an acre there, each of these under $300k. some of them brand new. i can't tell but from the pictures the construction does not look all that robust. i assume it is adequate to the area.

there's an section of puna called hawaiian paradise park which looks interesting. also i think the northeast section of that is within a 30 minute drive to hilo, or at least so some houses for sale advertise. i believe they have electric, some have water and others without water collect in holding tanks. supposedly it rains enough during the night there so that collecting water is not a problem.

sorry to read in your referenced materials about the development there. oh well, i wonder if there is any good snorkeling in montana.
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