Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Jungle sale

Anyone fancy a bit of jungle? It's cheap at half the price. What you'll get, if you buy it and then clear away the jungle, is a view of the ocean similar to my new picture up above in the header. Well, only if you're up at sunrise that is. At other times you'll have a house covered in spray from the ocean and just what that does to maintenance costs, well, I don't want to think about it. Oh, just in case you didn't realise, it comes without a house. You need to supply one yourself.

This evening I tried, once again, to spot late-season whales from the cliffs right next to this place, but gave up within a couple of minutes. I was drenched. High surf coupled with fairly strong trade winds means you're much better off looking for whales on the west side of the island. At least you'll have the setting sun to dry you off. Seriously, I parked my car about a hundred yards in from the cliffs and it was coated in ocean spray five minutes later.

Anyway, $250,000 for half an acre of land? That's almost double what I spent on my half-acre and house together, and it's just a little more than a stone's throw from this plot. Still, this jungle is right on the ocean, you just can't see the water without a machete and a lot of energy to burn. On the other hand, I'll be happy to rent out my weed whacker to the buyer for an exorbitant daily rental if they want and will happily charge double if they also want me to do the clearing. Well, maybe not, I have other things to do, but if they want to pay $1000 a day...

I prefer more orderly jungle, the type you see near Kalapana. I just love those tree-tunnels.

Incidentally, here's a question for Harrison Ford fans: I know that some of the scenes for "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" were filmed on the windward side of the Big Island, but just where did they film? Some of the scenes look as though they could have been shot around Kalapana although I suspect the Hamakua coast is more likely. Anyone know the answer?


Anonymous said...

Twas shot on some private property owned by shipman in Keaau.

Zuzana said...

Wow, imagine owning a piece of Hawaii...
So what would happen if one left part of the jungle lining the ocean; would that stop the sea spraying the house?;)
Love your new header picture.;)

Tom said...

Protege - you've given me a project to do! A picture is worth a thousand words, and when I do that I hope you'll realise that your excellent suggestion won't work. Sorry! The problem is that not too much grows on the cliffs. Except moss.

Damon - thanks for that.