Happiness is a day at the beach…
Beaches are almost the same everywhere, blue sky, sea, sands… At the Kona Beach, we did not walk much at all. Instead of posting my regular Monday walk, I’d like to entertain you with some fun stories that I heard while sitting on the beach. People there are very relaxing, they love to tell stories, also volunteer to tell their personal stories without asking, “Where are you from??” etc.
Before we went to the turtle beach, our local tour guide warned us that we must respect to turtles and follow the rules. “There are guards out there protecting them and watching you guys.” He said, “A person kicked a turtle and was caught by the guard; he was fined $3,000. I’m not making this up!”
Have you heard that some people make money while they are sleeping? Well, we all know that both Paul Allen and Bill Gates do. Paul Allen comes to the Big Island for his winter vacation every other year. When Paul shows up, people know. He comes with his own gigantic ship, and two smaller boats are attached to it. The size of the smaller boat is not small, it’s like twice as big as a full-size tour bus, plus a big helicopter is parked in the back of his ship. The boat below is just too small for Paul.
Part of the Big Island is pretty isolated, it has no water pipelines and no electricity. The land is for sell at around $1 million an acre. When Wilson Greatbatch decided to live here, he didn’t buy 2 acres, he bought some 20 acres. He built a huge mansion with gardens, three tennis courts, and swimming pools. In case you haven’t heard about him, Wilson Greatbatch (1919 – 2011) invented the Implantable Pacemaker and held more than 350 patents.
The mini houseboat below is quite cool. It even has a tiny patio and a car garage, plus a small boat and a few palm trees. It floats along the water day and night. I’m fine with this little boat.
Moving on… we noticed that many local people actually came from the US Mainland, e.g. New York, Michigan, Chicago, California… For example, Rachel came here some 20 years ago and decided to stay, she said that she heard from her friend about 1.80 per gallon gasoline in Michigan, but Rachel said to her friend, “Keep you $1.80 per gallon. $3.75 a gallon, so what… I’m living in Hawaii!” Okay, Rachel, but we love $1.80 per gallon, so we can save pennies for the next Hawaii vacation. 😀
There are many resorts along the beach. One of these was bought back by the previous owner of the land. Why? Because he hated the building of the resort. Last year, he bought the resort. Now he is going to demolish it and rebuild a resort he likes. I’m so sure he is one of those who makes money while sleeping.
Lot of birds flew here and decided to stay.