John Limbach, stayin’ awake and livin’ the high life in Kona!

By John Limbach

For the past ten years or so my wife and I have been chilling out (or warming up) by spending a month at Kona on the Big Island. We’ve found a neat little beach just north of the Kona Marina that is part of the Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park. As you may gather from the name, it’s a spot where green sea turtles come in to haul up on the beach for a nap to warm up and rest. The inlet has an old stone fishtrap, a beach with trees and lots of shade, and is a great place to de-stress. We like to take our lawn chairs, some snacks and a book and sit in the shade for hours watching the world go by and the turtles come in and out with the tide.

Last summer we sold our large house and lot here in Billings and moved a few miles west to a nice, but smaller patio home where someone else cuts the grass and shovels the snow. One of the happiest days in my life was when I gave my 10-hp snow blower (six forward speeds and two in reverse) and my 25-hp lawn tractor to my nephew. Anyway, I installed a pair of Ring video doorbells at our new place. Whenever someone trips the motion sensor it starts recording video and audio and sends a beeping tone to my cellphone.

So one day in early January this year, I’m sitting there at Turtle Beach, Starbucks latte in hand, brain in neutral, when my cellphone makes the Ring alert sound. I call up the video feed and lo and behold I see a guy in a parka shoveling a foot of snow off of my sidewalk and patio. Now this is what life is all about. Sitting on a beach in Hawaiʻi in my swimsuit watching some poor soul in Billings freezing his tookus off in minus 10-degree weather shoveling my snow! So being a bit of a sadist, I turn on the microphone and say, “You’re doing a great job. Keep up the good work.” Poor guy almost had a stroke. It doesn’t get any better than this!

In this issue:

Fort Collins Guest John Ely
Newsletter Goes “Electronic”
Waikīkī Steel Week Preview
Unloved in its Homeland?
Ka Oiwi Nani
HSGA Japan’s Fourth Biennial Convention
WCC Hawaiian Steel Guitar Lessons a Success!
Polynesian Meatballs Recipe
A “Techno-Tale” From Kona Beach
My Wonderful Years In Music
HSGA Staff & info

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