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Typical Tropical Good Island Expert

carmel
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Typical Tropical Good Island Expert

Aloha, it appears to me that Typical Tropical has knowlege of Hilo and can offer positive responses to questions ask I nominate him for island expert. Since this BI forum is has room for 2 experts.

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1. Re: Typical Tropical Good Island Expert

I second your nomination of Typical Tropical, He is a refreshingly positive and encourages travel to the Island in a realistic light!

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I'd be happier if he rather disparaging of other islands.

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Mahalo Ladies and Gentlemen. I am not sure if anyone would really qualify as an expert for the Big Island, but I believe my knowledge is fairly extensive of this place. As to the other islands, I am sorry if any of my posts came through as bad for any island. I love Hawaii, I love all the islands for they all being different. I visited ALL the islands several times during the past 25 years and while the Big Island is my home I enjoy going to all of the others.

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Aloha, I think your years on the BI and the travels of it would more than qualify you to the expert status. I like Hilo and Wiamea and appreciatee your postive responses to questions about them. It is difficult to know all that is going on every island but feel you really know the BI and it's culture. Now the really important question.. are you a golfer? We need solid golf knowledge.

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The secret of an expert: if I don't know the answer I will get it from a reliable source, in this case from my wife! I have a full set of Taylor Made R7 but I mostly use them as gardening tools. (To the absolute delight of my wife.) :) However, she probably would know the answers.

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Agreed.Typical Tropical is a breath of fresh air....And always very encouraging and helpful. You're right bbcck..there's lots of room for 2 experts... How long have you lived in Hawaii, Typical?

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I moved to the Big Island in 1991. How do I feel about Hawaii? Below is a copy of a letter I wrote and have on my web site.

As a long time Kona resident, I love everything about Hawaii and get tired of hearing all the complaints about high prices and other negatives. Prices are higher, but "perks" balance it out. Isn't it worth it to have perfect weather, gentle lifestyle, safety, longest life expectancy, clean air, and peace? To dress for comfort and not fad and fashion trend, where cars are transportation and not status symbols?

Hawaii tax is 4%. For comparison, New York tax is 8.25%, along with broiling summers, freezing winters, bumper to bumper traffic from almost daily accidents, widespread discrimination, corruption, streets full of pot holes or no street signs on them, dangerous icy roads, high unemployment, and a very depressed economy.

Other Mainland states with lower prices suffer floods, tornadoes, mud slides, earthquakes, smog, brush fires, riots, dust storms, derailed trains, heat waves, gang warfare, ice storms, illegal aliens, drive-by shootings, boatloads of refugees, terrorists, bombings, militant demonstrations, hail, sleet, snow, racial conflicts, snakes and blizzards.

"Lucky you live in Hawaii - no storm windows, heaters, seasonal clothes, snow blowers, tire chains and all other cold weather gadgets."

We are blessed with free beaches, enviable community spirit and volunteerism, where kapuna (elders) are honored (unlike the Mainland) and people drive with aloha (very unlike Mainland!).

Gas is $3 a gallon, but, with everything close by, we drive fewer miles. Many other countries charge $5-$6 a gallon. Kailua-Kona ocean front homes are $2 million, but they are $6 million in California and $8 million in Australia.

Think of the world's richest people. Oil sheiks have to live in hot, barren deserts. It does not matter how many servants or piles of money they have, they can't spend much time outdoors and there is nothing to look at anyway. The Queen of England has jewels, money, castles and servants but has to live in the cold, dark, dreary, dismal England.

America's tycoons live in hectic California and New York - even with their billions, they suffer to some extent from the conditions named above. Personal wealth can't change weather, crime, taxes, urban sprawl, government policy, road conditions, nor can it buy peace.

I feel richer than the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts and Trumps. Rich as they are, they don't live here, they have to live near their holdings. Rich and famous celebrities can't live here either, their work keeps them trapped on the Mainland most of the time. They may enjoy short vacations here but pay plenty for it. We are the really rich ones - we get to live here all the time!

Anyone who thinks Hawaii is undesirable, needs to live somewhere else for a year! Despite some higher costs, I know of people all around the world who are jealous of what even the low income Hawaii residents are lucky to have.

I sold everything and left the city I was living in on a cold, drizzly, miserable January day of about 30 degrees. The trees were bare. I landed in a lush, beautiful, warm, tropical paradise with wild cardinals and mynah birds.

I thought,"They actually let people live here?" I threw away coats, sweaters, etc., fell in love with the gentle pace and ultra-casual lifestyle, and knew I'd stay forever.

Many years later, I am still in awe of this very special place, where it conveniently only rains at night, houseplants I babied on the Mainland grow outdoors like weeds, tropical fish don't even need a heated aquarium and it's spring every day.

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8. Re: Typical Tropical Good Island Expert

Hey, any genuine Kama'aina volunteering to allow all TA members to put the Malasadas A La Mode on his tab at Tex's &/or Waipio Wayside Inn gets my vote!

But need help...why (only) Hilo?

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Aloha, Typical you are so cool!! Yes, you need to be our new expert. I have already nominated you now we need the rest of you to write in. Oh course you will be a Hawaii Island Expert with all the island to explore for us, but especially those hidden away secret mom and pop places. It appears you like to mingle with the locals and that is what we like about you. You are shall I say a Typical Friendly Hawaiian.

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10. Re: Typical Tropical Good Island Expert

I agree!! I've really enjoyed reading Typical's posts. What can I do to help?

By the way, bbcck, you live in my second favorite spot in the world! Carmel is amazing and I have wonderful memories of my trips there. As a matter of fact, I think about it every day when I see my wedding ring, which came from a antique jewelry store in downtown Carmel-by-the-sea.

If hubby & I could live in Carmel during the week and spend weekends in Hawaii (or vice-versa), I'd be one happy camper!