I remember the second time I went to Hawaii. She captured me. Kona is both like and unlike any other Hawaiian home. Every Island has its unique qualities but every Island of Hawaii also breathes the magic and beauty that is found nowhere else in the world. Her spell permeates all.
Whether you have a large house with an ohana and even a pool- all complete with a spectacular vista of the Pacific that stretches in every direction, Hawaii becomes home- not because of the house, or the pool. Hawaii is my ohana wherever I am. She is a siren who whispers her secrets of the millennia going back to the time when no man touched her shores. Tradewinds, trees and creatures who never saw a single person or house, lived and died for centuries in a tropical home that was as close as anything to paradise.
Now, condominiums and houses wind throughout the Islands. Kona ascends above diverse beaches and blue waters. The slopes of Hawaii’s volcanoes create “upcountry” on every island and Kona is no exception. The homes there are more secluded and the magic that is Hawaii permeates all of them. A pool is almost a distraction from the song that is always with you in Hawaii if you just pause to hear it. A home in Kona or anywhere on the Islands is 95% in the heart and the soul. She caresses you and soothes you with her intoxication like a lover whose soul is forever connected to yours. Endless warm sun, motion of the clouds and sea- a procession of life, whales, birds, and the very air teem with her magic.
Her charms don’t end with the day- no, Hawaii breathes magic into the night like another world inside a world. Kona, and the Big Island permeate the senses and carry your mind and soul wherever you will let her. Night reaches back through centuries of a world when the king ruled Kona and the Islands and even before then, when tribes lived endless days in a universe surrounded by the sea. Stars gleamed and the moon rose and set night after night, telling a story that only ended with life itself. Home was where the eyes closed each night. Pools were in the corals and rocks of the nearby beaches where sustenance was given by the Ocean. The view was wherever one looked- and beauty is still everywhere today. In the eye of the beholder? Yes, certainly. Kona living is not for everyone- just for those who love the Big Island.