One month on Kauai
On May 7th we celebrated our one month anniversary of our move to Kauai. It has been a month of adjusting to island life and just getting things in order… I figured today would be a good time to just share some thoughts on island life after one month.
The weather has been a mix of rain and sun most of the month. A lot more rain evidently, than the island usually has at this time of year. I really like the sound of the rain and you can actually hear it coming before it starts raining on you. The other cool thing is that it may rain like crazy in the morning and be beautiful and sunny in the afternoon. Or it may be rainy on the east side of the island but sunny in the south…
We go to Home Depot almost daily – yes like any other new homeowners we have a list of projects that we would like to address. Out latest project was adding cabinet doors to open shelving in our master bedroom. Here are some before and after pics. As you can see, there is a lot of storage that we can now use without everything being exposed. The bottom shelf will be dedicated to the cat box and will help keep all the litter contained – it will have a runway of artificial turf to reduce the tracking of the litter. Other projects include running electricity out to the lanai and a new outlet in the carport for the exercise equipment.
There is almost always something going on somewhere on the island. We have been to a number of Art Walks etc. in Hanapepe and Kapa’a. We’ve missed quite a few happenings as well due to being too worn out to do anything LOL. We haven’t spent as much time on the North side of the island as we’d like but we did make it to Anini Beach last week.
Life here resembles that of a small town. Well… with a few thousand tourists thrown in… most people are very nice and friendly. The traffic can be bad and some of the roads need some potholes fixed (OK there are a lot of potholes!) But drivers are generally courteous. (in direct contrast to some of the mainland freeways I have driven on).
The fauna: There are lots of chickens, birds of many types, and lately, pigs, in our neighborhood. In fact I just heard one squealing as I wrote this. The pigs can be very destructive to yards and they come up from the coffee fields almost nightly. We overheard one of our neighbors talking to another about setting traps for them so hopefully their numbers will be reduced. We have been fortunate so far that none have bothered our yard.
The flora: We still marvel at the beauty of the island. I hope we never lose the appreciation for just how beautiful it really is. It makes being stuck in traffic sometimes much more bearable and it is all around you. From rainforest jungles to waterfalls to beautiful beaches, this stuff is all around us.
The cost of living: it’s too early to make a firm estimate of how that is going to go… so far our bills are OK but we are spending a lot of money just getting the house set up and projects done. As we settle into a more normal routine we will see how our budget evolves. If you come from San Diego like we did, things are a little more expensive. For example gas is about fifty cents a gallon more I think, but our car is getting about 25% better mileage due to the lower speed limits here. Also everything is closer so we generally are using less gasoline. Now if you are coming from Texas or the midwest… you may have sticker shock.
So. So far so good. I am enjoying the Kauai life right now and look forward to enjoying more recreational pursuits between projects 😉
Aloha, and Mahalo for visting!