Festivals of Aloha

This weekend is the culmination of a two week period called the Festivals of Aloha here on the island of Molokai. The overall theme is a celebration of the ancient Hawaiians coming together to form a Kingdom, to honor the past Monarchy, prior to Hawaii becoming a State, and welcome paddlers to the island for the…

Day at the Nursery

Recently we visited Mahana Gardens, the only full scale nursery here on Molokai (it was hard to find since they don’t advertise). We have two large pots which are coming with our “stuff”, and we were looking for some color to add to our lanai. These torch ginger plants were beautiful but we already have…

MKK

Most visitors coming to Molokai will arrive by plane at the small airport located in the town of Hoolehua. The airport is about 6 miles from the main town of Kaunakakai and 20 miles from our condo in Wavecrest. If you are coming from the mainland you will most likely change planes in Honolulu (occasionally…

Shipping to Hawaii 101

In early September our personal belongings, as well as our car, were shipped to Hawaii.  So while I sit on our lanai writing this, our “stuff” is on some barge in the Pacific Ocean with expected arrivals in early October. Living on Molokai made the process more difficult than if we were on Oahu or…

Wavecrest

Our new home (condo) is located in the “Wavecrest” resort which is located at the 13 mile marker of Hwy 450 on the island of Molokai.  This is the “east end” of the island which is the greener, more tropical end.  Naturally this means a few more showers and a few degrees cooler than the…

Settling in….

Friends have been asking for photos of our condo so we are including them in this post. Often times when you purchase a condo in a Hawaiian resort it comes furnished, and ours was no different. Furnished usually means the basic necessities of a vacation rental. So we arrived this past week with only four…

A Room With A View

Today we picked up the keys for the condo that we purchased through Friendly Isle Realty. A special thank you to our Realtor Pearlie for getting us an inside scoop on a unit before it went on the market.  After getting our keys we walked next door to sign the paperwork on our homeowner’s insurance….ahh,…

So long, Farewell, See you Soon.

It’s been 3 days since we said goodbye to our home in Elk Grove. While it was an emotional and draining day, it was not as difficult as we had expected. In the two weeks prior to leaving our home we had several wonderful farewell send-offs. It started with our friends Melanie and James who…

Plan B – Celebrate

So if you have been following our posts, then you know that we are planning to visit Molokai in August to purchase a condo and then move later in the Fall. Most people in these situations would have a Plan B…..well we didn’t. This past week we put an offer on an oceanfront condo and the…

Goodbye Dolly!

Sometimes we store things out of the sense of responsibility to the rest of our family. Since I’ve been doing a lot of clearing out lately, I finally came down to a box or two of things saved and given to me that had belonged to my mother. She died while I was in College….

The Rainbow State

Hawaii is known as the Rainbow State, most likely because how often rainbows appear over her waters, mountains and valleys. This phenomenon occurs because of the large amount of moisture and sunshine always present in the paradise called Hawaii. The rainbow has a variety of meanings in the Hawaiian culture, many of them  representing transformation. The…

“sticky rice & fresh mangoes”

Meet Linda……”you Guys are such a Lovely Couple”. Today we had the second of what will likely be a total of four garage sales, as we try to resolve what “stuff” we really need for our move to Hawaii. A lovely person named Linda (see photo) dropped by to get some new gems for her journey….