It's been a goal since I first set foot in the islands in 1981, but when I celebrated by 50th on the Big Island, I fell in love with the place.
I'm about to close on a house in Kailua-Kona and plan to move there permanently in early May. I'll be less than 5 minutes to Kailua Village, and 15 minutes from some great beaches. Best of all, I get to keep my California job and California salary (such that it is). The time difference means early starts, but also early finishes. There will be plenty of time to hit the beaches and enjoy the sunsets after work with a Mai Tai or three in hand!
Look, it's been swell, but the swelling's gone down.