We are not the average, er uh…anything. I was going to say we aren’t average vacationers but then as I thought about it, I think we’re too boring/different to be average. We like to stay in some out of the way places, and do different stuff. That’s why when we were looking for a place to stay while in Hawaii, we found the Vacation Rental by Owner Website, there we found a great little farm to visit. Keolamauloa was near perfect for us. Kaye the owner along with her daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter live in this little slice of heaven. AND they share it with people that want to experience something different while in Hawaii. Situated at the 1800 foot elevation they are high enough to be green and lush, yet still get the warmth, but not heat of a typical Hawaiian day. I slept with blankets every night and we were cozy in their two bedroom unit. I was up before sunrise everyday so I could greet the morning with the birds and listen to the area wake up. On this 4 acre farm they practice sustainable farming and we had some awesome conversations with Kaye about growing their own fertilizer, the importance of taro and how this section of the island has had more rain than any other part of the Big Island. Hilo which generally gets about 180 inches of rain per year is painfully dry and going through a drought. Climate change is on the march.
Unfortunately the first night of our stay some calves were having an inter-farm chat session and they were LOUD. Try this. At the top of your lungs yell out, MMMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMMMMUUUUUUMMMMM, waivering the pitch ever so slightly. You might scare small children or animals so secure the area first. I know you kids that have some rural back ground know what that sounds like. Now pretend that you’ve grown up in a rather urban area and you haven’t had a lot of exposure to farm animals. If one didn’t know what that was, one might imagine it could be a giant monster, right out of the ice age or at best, the movies. The bovine chat went on into the wee hours of the morning, so it’s no wonder that as Sweet Husband was shaken out of his sleep he kept thinking of dinosaurs, so he told me the next morning. We of course then took that to the next level pointing out herds of dinosaurs as they dotted the landscape, on our drives around the island.
If anyone would have told me 20 years ago that I’d be targeting a farm to live on, I would have thought them crazy. Pardon the pun, but the idea has sprouted and we’re going to try and harvest that idea sooner rather than later. Hawaii is not just pretty beaches, resorts, and mai tai’s. You can have Mai Tai’s in farm country too….we did.