On the Big Island of Hawaii things tend to move a bit slower, and that is just fine. The one small complaint we typically receive from clients after they purchase their Hawaii home, is that when they contact vendors to do work on their homes, these vendors move to slow. It is what it is and I tell them that at the end of the day it is why you too bought a home here. We are in no rush. There are a total of two traffic lights on the Kohala Coast. That is correct, 2. As you go into Kailua Kona and Hilo you will see plenty more, but not on the Kohala Coast. We like it like this. It's why we consider the Big Island to be the best place to live and retire in the world.

That brings to mind the reason for this blog post. The spirit of Aloha is very much alive here in the islands each and every day. The people are humble, resilient, and most of all very giving. My wife will come home from work with baked goods, fruit, and all kids of other amazing gifts. I ask her who she continues to receive these incredible foods from and she says it is her patients. We have lived in several parts of the world and never have we seen people do things like this at this level. We have also lived on the island of Oahu and it was a much faster pace of life. So, you really can't have it both ways. If you want to live or have a second home here on the Big Island, certain things come with the territory. One of them means being patient with vendors.

There is a very rich history in Hawaii and many forget that before there were tourists and crowds the Hawaiian people lived here in perfect harmony. They are a special group of people and their ways are amazing. I had a friend at tennis tell me yesterday that he will not eat papayas on the mainland when he is visiting or there living in his other home. I asked him why not, with a surprise? He said because nothing tastes like the Hawaiian papayas do here in Hawaii. Sometimes, it is these little things we take for granted. On our property we have two papaya trees that are taking off and fruiting beautifully. We give them to our friends and neighbors as a sign of goodwill and fine gesture.

Giving beats receiving any day of the week. The Big island is not jus about luxury homes and sweeping coastline mansions. There is more to it than that, and it is the reason we call it our home.

Contributed by Paul Adams, BIC - Luxury Big Island