Start All Over Again
Mānoa, where the UH campus is located, is an idyllic valley, lots of nice homes, waterfalls, winding roads. Palolo is another valley, also attractive, rather more quaint, reminding me vaguely somehow of Jessup, PA, where my momʻs family is from. Mākiki is a hilly neighborhood full of family homes (and once home to the Obama family) and a large cemetery. McCully/Moʻiliʻili is an urban neighborhood near UH, roughly analogous to the U-District back home; a little rough, lots of cool shops (including an awesome natural market where I will be getting many lunches I think). And then thereʻs Kaimukī.
I think Iʻm in love with Kaimukī. It has two comic shops, lots of food, a very nice coffee shop (from which I am writing this very entry), a (somewhat barren but thatʻs okay) music shop, and lots more. It has all the charming quality of an old downtown like in Ballard, or downtown or Fairhaven in Bellingham, or even the more likable aspects of old downtown Edmonds. If I can get a place to stay around here, I will be a very happy camper.
Other positives Iʻve encountered so far: lots of tiny geckos and mongooses running around; friendly stray cats on campus; quality bus system (likely more on this later); good people; surfer dudes; plate lunch.
So, put simply, Hawaiʻi status: developing.