Never imagined I would need to learn how to catch a pig in Kona, but that monumental occasion has now presented itself. It is part of living in “the country,” even though our new house is only a couple of miles from our previously very urban house in Hawaii. Instead of a .05 acre lot in The Pines, we now own a house on a half acre up Hualalai. And it abuts to private agricultural land, which supports horses, cows and, unfortunately, the wild boars of Hawaii.
When I first noticed a pig had torn up on the lawn on the south side of our property, I shored up the hog wire fence and hoped for the best. The pigs still managed to squeeze on through, albeit a smaller hole. Naturally, I shored it up again, with tighter spacing on the stakes. So, they found a new place. Now I know why my neighbor installed expensive wrought iron fencing around his property.
Have you ever wondered about the differences between homebuying in Hawaii vs California? Well, perhaps I am a bit jaded since I’ve worked in California real estate for so long that it all makes perfect sense to me, but Hawaii practices in real estate seem convoluted. Strange. Twisted. More complicated than it ever needs to be. Unsupervised. Everybody makes up their own rules. Completely unsophisticated island style. And run by the builders and developers, I may add.
California has added protections, and caveat emptor really does not apply to buyers anymore. California real estate contracts protect buyers but, in Hawaii, contract law seems to throw them under the bus. If you are homebuying in Hawaii vs California, you better get ready for peculiar requests and demands.
If you would like to buy a second home in Hawaii, this remodeled home is extremely affordable and situated in a wonderful Kona location with an 180-degree panoramic ocean view. The flowers you see on this lanai grew from one small Allamanda plant — that rich volcanic soil produces garden miracles. This is only one corner of the lanai, it stretches across the entire backside of the house and then some. Further, that view is from south of the Kona Royal Resort to the whitecaps breaking on Kailua Pier and beyond toward Honokohau Harbor.
The process for buying our first home on Hawaii Island was a bit convoluted because we used conventional financing, with our mortgage people located on another island. And let’s just say they were not Dan Tharp quality from Sacramento. If I recall correctly, they also became inebriated on Christmas Eve and threatened to cancel my loan for no good reason. Then, they apologized profusely after sobering up the following day.
Buying a home on Hawaii Island is hard.
Some of the problems with buying a home on Hawaii Island are contained in the way agents do business on Hawaii Island and also in the purchase contract itself. For example, California used to be referred to as strictly a Caveat Emptor state for buyers, but the state fixed that attitude and its inherent problems. The California Residential Purchase Agreement definitely favors buyers now.
Definitely was not expecting our Hawaii orchids to have bloomed already. I stuck an old orchid plant in our hibiscus tree at our house in Hawaii about a year ago. Forget all about it until I noticed the orchid was attaching itself to the hibiscus tree in the photo below.
A friend had assured me that to grow Hawaii orchids, all you need to do is throw them into the trees. Keep them in a shaded environment and ignore. No fertilizer. No watering. No fussing over it.
OK, I figured, what harm could it do? Once the orchid has finished blooming, throwing it into a tree is not much different than throwing it out. It will either live or it won’t. A bunch of spent orchids I had placed on the ground under the mango tree did not make it. But the one I stuck into the hibiscus tree attached itself, as evidenced by the photograph above of our Hawaii orchids.