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Affordable Paradise: The Secrets of an Affordable Life in Hawaii
Affordable Paradise: The Secrets of an Affordable Life in Hawaii
by H. Skip Thomsen
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 12.59
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Multiply by 2, April 3 2004
Just back from a 16 day adventure around the big isle (April '04) and I can easily say that this '01 edition is already way out of date. In most cases you can multiply by 2 on the prices given, so be prepared. Realize that in the last year alone the prices for Hawaii real estate have gone bananas. For example in an article that recently appeared on the Honolulu Advertiser's front page entitled, "Kaua'i housing prices 'insane'" it was shown that the median price for a Kaua'i condo had gone from $227K to $420K in one year! On the big isle, which is the focus of this book, condo prices only went up 38%. Residential property went up 19% As a real estate agent here in Sedona who has already made contacts to be licensed in Hawaii, I was amazed. Using this book and the best guide book of the island, Hawaii, The Big Island Revealed by Doughty and Friedman, we put over 1300 miles on the rental car touring the island. After a week in the the beauty and traffic of Kona (high land prices!), we visited Hawi, Waimea (where I used to live in the 70's), and the Hamakua coast before settling into the constant rain of Hilo. We had 10 inches one day and after 4 straight days of being house-bound we visited Paradise Park and then headed back to south Kona through Volcano for at least the chance of Sunshine.
Affordable Paradise was useful to a point and the author's obvious slant is towards the cheaper housing alternatives found principally in Puna. Even those prices are no longer relevant again by a factor of 2 times for the most part. Just don't get this book and expect to find a paradise home for under $100K that is the value and beauty you may be looking for. That said, we are in escrow now for what we think is a marvelous area - an area this book hardly touches on. The 1/3 acre lots are going for $40-85K and have lots of advantages - 800' elevation, 20-30 inches of rain/year, slower pace. So you can find something and this book will help propel you forward. Also the moving-portion may prove valuable as we are now preparing to relocate. Perhaps the fact that on the next to last day we swam with a dozen delightful dolphins at Hoo'kena Beach makes it easy to see why Hawaii has us ready to return.
Good luck and Aloha!

Breaking the Death Habit: The Science of Everlasting Life
Breaking the Death Habit: The Science of Everlasting Life
by Leonard Orr
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 14.40
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revolutionary perspective, Jan. 31 2004
First discovering this book years ago I purchased a dozen copies and gave them to friends. Not many of these friends actually found that the book spoke to them. Some even dropped me from their list of desirables. How audacious they said, "you must be afraid of dying"! This is not surprising as the idea of physical immortality appeals to very few people. Yet nothing could be further from the truth.
The more I have investigated the subject and applied the principles that Leonard speaks of, the more I become alive and vital, and the more effortless is the enjoyment of this marvelous breathing experience we call "existing as human". This book then is one to read and return to, not for it's literary brilliance as one reviewer complained, but because it creates a new invaluable perspective of our possilities. As the Nobel prize winning poet, Theodore Rhedke (spelling?) says, "What we need are more people who specialize in the impossible." After reading this you may want to explore, Sondra Ray, Robert Coon, Analee Skarin, SATPREM'S The Mind of the Cells, and go to the website, [...] to mention only a few other sources of inspiration.
By the way, I saw Leonard in January 2004 and he looks ageless, relaxed and is full of fun and laughter. Perhaps these principles when applied bear delicious fruit!

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