It's Really Like to Live Out in the Boonies in Hawaii
peace and quiet, no neighbors right on top of you, no
airplanes making a noisy racket flying over your head,
no traffic, no sirens, no street lights to dull the stars,
just the sun, the sea, the nightime stars, the fresh air
and you and your beloved family. Sounds wonderful doesn't
it? Well, for the most part it is......it really is. However,
it's certainly not for everyone.
the other side of living out in the boonies:
neighbors - it can get lonely out here with no
one around. If you run out of sugar and need to borrow
from your neighbor, guess what? You're hopping in your
car or doing without. And what if something happened to
you while you are all alone out here? No one would hear
your calls for help. 911 DOES work in the boonies, but
the ambulance will take longer to arrive.
airplanes, no traffic, no sirens
- I can't think of a down side to that. The peace and
quiet is awesome.
street lights -
Ditto. Can't really think of a down side except that it
can get extremely dark at night time. If you lose power,
you'll want to have a lot of candles and flashlights around.
yeah, and here are some other things I forgot to mention.
county water!! - What??
No county water? How do people get water
to their homes? What do they drink? Hawaii's answer to
that question is rainwater catchment systems. Basically,
this means that you have a large cistern on your property
to catch the rainwater which comes off of your roof. The
water is then pumped into your house and can be filtered
using a variety of methods. For more information please
see the Guidelines
on Rainwater Catchment Systems provided by
the State of Hawaii.
many stores near by. When
we first moved to Hawaii we lived in a very small town,
but we were lucky enough to have a small grocery store,
gas stations, a vet, a hair salon, a video store and several
little restaurants. Not everyone is as lucky as we were.
To get to a "real" grocery store or Wal-Mart,
K-Mart, Home Depot or CostCo or the doctor for that matter,
we had to drive for at least an hour both directions.
Oh yeah, also no fast food! If we got
a Big Mac Attack, it was about a 45 minute drive to the
nearest Mc Donald's. This is probably a good thing. I
definitely cooked a lot more.
commutes to work- Unless
you are fortunate enough to have work that you can do
from home, or are retired, chances are that you will be
commuting a lot further to your job than you are used
to. Some people hate this (like me), and some people really
don't mind it at all. Those that fall into the latter
category claim that the drive is a relaxing way to unwind
after their day at work. At least commuting here is pretty!
You're driving through the gorgeous scenery with the ocean
to look at instead of on the jam packed freeways of the
mainland. Gas prices are higher in Hawaii
than on the mainland, so that can be an issue.
to summarize, only you will know if rural
living is right for you or not. For this ex city girl,
it was a wonderful change of pace. To me it seems like
the way it should be. In my former life,
I lived in the city or the suberbs, and would every so
often have a burning need to get out and see some rocks
and trees. Now, the scenario is reversed. I now live
amongst the rocks and the trees, and every so often I
have to be bothered to go into the city to take care of
necessary business. Works for me!
after five years of living in rural Hawaii, my husband
and I decided that we had had enough of the commute into
town whenever we needed anything that wasn't available
at our local grocery stores, or if we wanted to go to
the movies, or out to dinner, or to pick up our friends
and family from the airport. We sold our house in the
boonies and bought a house in the heart of Kailua Kona
and haven't looked back.
be told, even Kailua Kona is a small town, and it is the
second largest on our island, but at least now we are
just about five to ten minutes away from everything that
we could possibly need; stores, restaurants, doctors offices,
beaches, golf courses and movie theaters. Life is a bit
easier living "in town", I must say and we really
do love it! PLUS, we are saving about $700 a month on