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Lou

Indianapolis, IN | 3 Review(s)

Born in Oregon, my family moved to Puget Sound, Washington when I was five years old. In the U.S.A. I have lived in the states of Hawaii, Oregon, California, Nebraska, Missouri and Indiana. As a veteran (20 yr) Ex-Pat I lived (or worked) in England, Wales, New Zealand, Australia, China (PRC) and the Philippines. My favorite place to live is Hawaii - the Big Island, always an adventure :)

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Volcano, HI


re: Mistake Of A Lifetime - 11/17/2009
- 7/22/2011
As a Kama'aina, former Big Island resident, now living in Indiana, I can proudly verify much of the 'negative' experiences recorded here. Hawaii is a state, but the culture, lifestyle and practices are not those of the mainland U.S.A. Why should they be? Hawaii is very Asian, for example, thus cock fighting is acceptable socially, similar to the Philippines. In fact Hawaii is about 80% Asian (culture), which is often a surprise, even though the information is readily available.

I lived outside the U.S.A. for 20 years and must say when I read tripe like this, it only verifies many Americans to be ethnocentric fools. Why anyone would expect a distant land, country or state to be 'familiar' in any way the U.S.A. is very naive, if not blatantly ignorant. This type of thinking and reason is a mainland American mental disease. No Kama'aina would ever think this way - WHEN IN ROME as they say....

The person who wrote this obviously laments for the mainland. There are planes leaving the Big Island daily. Maybe time has come to get a ticket 'home', to a place where your ethnocentric concepts will be accepted.

As for myself, I can't wait to return to the Big Island when my work in Indiana has finished. Living among the ethnocentric folk in Indiana is tolerable, as many have traveled and seen more of the world it seems than the Californi-ack writer and Volcano Critic writing here. Why would anyone sit in a place where they are not happy?

I am originally from the Puget Sound area of Washington State, notorious for rain and gloomy weather (more than in Volcano). Many people there have green houses and grow large varieties of organic plants. I would also suggest to this Californi-ack, they start a veggie garden in Puna, as it is much closer to Volcano. Why drive all the way to Kona? Volcano was not the best choice of venue for a Californi-ack for them. Their “sun magnet” points to the sunny Kona side when Hilo is so much closer. Sour Grapes there from the writer for sure.

As a world traveler, X-Pat and past (20 year) resident of foreign lands, I would suggest having an exit strategy in place when voluntarily moving to any place, whether foreign or not.

The Big Island is my favorite place on planet earth. I love it, and it is affordable if you know how to live and don’t bring ethnocentric attitudes and expectations in your baggage. A-lo-ha :) Makani Nui

Anderson, IN


Great People - Great Community - Great Houses - I - 7/13/2011
This city has had it's problems, as many of the Whiners & Moaners making comments here have written. So What! There are probably a thousand cities in the USA today with similar economic and infrastructure problems. People looking for problems will always find them. I am a new arrival in Anderson, but my perspective is based on extensive world and U.S. travel. Anderson is a community where the majority of the people are pleasant. They do not feel their community is failing, and are working to make a better life for them, their families and community. Anderson has many real estate bargains, which is why I moved here. I am not a speculator. I am buying and holding property long term in Anderson, because I know a great community with potential to improve when I see one. That is Anderson. I will base my operations here for the next five years, then return to Hawaii or overseas where I prefer to live, but Anderson will help pay for my retirement, NO WORRIES there.. I love this place :)

Anderson, IN


re: Anderson has to be the worst place i have eve
- 7/13/2011
This city has had it's problems, as many of the Whiners & Moaners making comments here have written. So What! There are probably a thousand cities in the USA today with similar economic and infrastructure problems. People looking for problems will always find them. I am a new arrival in Anderson, but my perspective is based on extensive world and U.S. travel. Anderson is a community where the majority of the people are pleasant. They do not feel their community is failing, and are working to make a better life for them, their families and community. Anderson has many real estate bargains, which is why I moved here. I am not a speculator. I am buying and holding property long term in Anderson, because I know a great community with potential to improve when I see one. That is Anderson. I will base my operations here for the next five years, then return to Hawaii or overseas where I prefer to live, but Anderson will help pay for my retirement, NO WORRIES there.. I love this place :)
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