Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Exploring the Puna District

Al Enjoying the Lanai at the Thai Hawaii House
Our next stop is Hawaiian Paradise Park (HPP.) After researching the island and the 11 different climate zones available, we have decided that the Puna District is the most appealing to us. Puna has a mild tropical climate with an average temperature around 80 degrees year round. The vegetation is lush and green with gentle slopes toward the coast line.

Other factors that appeal to us include the close proximity to Hilo (20 minutes), size of the lots (most are one to three acres), the price of homes and raw land, and the charter schools available in the area.

We booked three nights at the Thai Hawaii House. The owner, Brooks Maloof, has lived on the island since 1976, taught science in the Hilo area for many years, and is now a real estate broker. He and his wife grow Rambutan, Mango, Limes, Papaya, Longan, Abiu, Jabodacaba, avocados, bananas and much more. They encourage their guests to eat whatever is growing in the yard. At $69 a night, this is a bargain we can't resist.
Inside the Thai Hawaii House

The guest house is built above the garage and looks out over an acre of orchard. The large studio is perfect for us; decorated with a theme of Hawaii meets Thailand. The floor is a beautiful marble, while the walls and ceiling are tastefully done in bamboo. Outside is a large covered lanai where I imagine my mornings will be spent sipping coffee and listening to the birds sing.

The Rugged and Beautiful Coastline of HPP
Over the next three days we drove all over the Puna area. We explored the small, hippy town of Pahoa, the incredible coast line, and nearly all 137 miles of HPP, LOL.. Being one of the largest subdivision in the U.S., it is 4 miles long, 3 miles wide, and consists of 8850 lots. All of the lots are 1 acre with the exception of the ocean front half acre spots.

We looked at many homes in our price range. Unfortunately, most of them had mold issues, had been abandoned, or had squatters in them. In the state of Hawaii squatters are a problem. People buy second homes in Hawaii and then leave them unattended. The squatters move in and many times destroy the home. Local law enforcement seems to turn a blind eye to the problem and let the owners deal with the issue.

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