More on life at Cloud 9 3/4
Gecko on the Move
'cross the counter
on the table
peering from my orange juicer
in a cozy moment cruisin',
so I'm nearly losin'
that there tiny tail's
been tracin', fancy flight
to empty space
'n' poof! The lizard's gone
and only lawn
and dancin' sea
beyond is all I see---
an empty pond
a dream mirage
of pure invention
some dissension in
the caverns of my brain---
Was he real
or just a figment
of my mind's imagination?---
To be seen again, or
will cross my kitchen
counter, or which hour?
Maybe not at all, but
droll or dour,
round or flatter,
of the gecko's
is the matter
Barry's new home is located at 2401 Umi
[that's "Rumi," but without the "R"] Place, in Haiku,
Hawaii, on the north shore of Maui. It is less than a mile from the ocean. It
has nice ocean views as well as a great view of the volcano Haleakala (currently
inactive!), the highest point on the island at over 10,000 feet above sea level.
The closing is scheduled for January 7 and Barry plans to move there in early January, 2003. He plans to call this island home "Cloud 9 3/4" (You Harry Potter Fans will understand the reference!)
The property itself includes over two acres of gently sloping land with many trees. The main house, built in 1995 (it is sort of a zen/ranch style), is at the back of the property. There is a lovely two-bedroom cottage (locals call this an "ohana") at the front. There are three solar hot-water units on the property that serve both the main house and the ohana.
Haiku itself has an active community center but has no real commercial or town center, as such. As you might guess from its name, it was originally settled by Japanese who migrated east to Hawaii.
The nearest town, only five minutes away, is Paia, a vibrant, thriving community that used to be a plantation town. Its commerce used to revolve around a large sugar plantation and refinery, which closed a couple years ago. For more than twenty years Paia has been a bustling tourist town and New Age Center.
Surfers also flock to this area. Just a few minutes from Barry's new home is Ho'okipa Beach, which is considered by many to be the premier windsurfing beach in the world. The tradewinds make it a windsurfers' paradise. Many expert board surfers come here, too.
On a good day, one can watch a dazzling array of enthusiastic surfers, their colorful sails, boards, and surfer gear lighting up the horizon like a glittering, dancing rainbow.
Or, of course, if one is really daring.........the watching becomes optional..... :
Reaping The Fruits of One's Labors:
The Neighbors Drop By:
Front Door Entrance
Kitchen Main House
Studio Interior Studio Kitchen
Drive Through Window Hallway to Studio
Studio Entrance Master Bath
Master Bedroom Ocean View
View from Kitchen Second Bedroom
Studio Studio Kitchen
Studio Entrance View from the front Door
View from Master Bedroom
Just in case you are not familiar with Hawaii let me introduce you with a quote from former Vice-President Dan Quayle:
a unique state.
It is a small state.
It is a state that is by itself.
It is a---it is different than the other 49 states.
Well, all states are different, but it's got a particularly unique situation.