Affordable Paradise

Affordable Paradise

by H Skip Thomsen

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In this updated and revised Fourth Edition you'll learn how to find affordable homes; evaluate a purchase and how this works differently in Hawai'i; tricks for keeping everyday expenses down, shipping possessions at minimum cost, about Hawai'i's schools and integrating your kids into this new culture, info on medical facilities, bringing your pets with you, and much more.

A "Virtual Tour" stops in each community and makes note of weather, living conditions, types and costs of available housing and details that might invite special attention.

There's a whole chapter on the reasons why Hawai'i is clearly NOT everyone's paradise. We aim to share the information we've observed among those who put so much effort, emotion, money and time into their "move to paradise," only to discover within a short period of time that there is more to island life than one would find during a short vacation on Waikiki Beach.

The goal of Affordable Paradise is not so much a call to move to Hawai'i as it is a plea to those who are thinking about it to do so with heart and soul; to enter into this huge decision with an open mind, knowing in advance the ups and downs of others who have come and gone before them.

The focus of Affordable Paradise is discovering the awesome Island of Hawai'i, the "Big Island." Folks have asked why the book doesn't cover affordable living on the other islands, like Maui or O'ahu. For the same reason that a book on affordable living in California would not presume to include Beverly Hills or San Francisco. The Big Island is truly awesome, still affordable, and there has never been a better time than now! The Fourth Edition addresses the changes brought on by the current economic climate of the country.

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940016178691
Publisher: Oregon Wordworks
Publication date: 02/28/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 260
File size: 668 KB

About the Author

I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and from a very early age found that I loved to write. The writing didn’t really go anywhere until the late ‘80s, when I wrote and published my first book. There have been several more, and the newest one is Affordable Paradise.

Over the decades before and during my “writing years,” I owned and operated several autobody shops in California and Oregon (mostly we restored classic and special interest cars for collectors), I was a licensed general contractor and designed and built custom homes on the Oregon coast, I had a kind of a hobby of buying, rebuilding and selling airplanes (and flying them!), I had stained-glass studios in California, Oregon and still have one in Hawaii, and my Lovely Bride, Camille and I have been buying, remodeling and reselling vintage houses in Hawaii for the last sixteen years. What do I do in my spare time? When I’m not at the beach with Camille, I can be found riding my big, black, loud Harley in the warm Hawaiian sun.

Hawaii became my home in 1993. It takes a great deal of force to pry me off of this Island in the middle of the ocean. Like a force that can only be applied by grandchildren, and then only on occasion.

Affordable Paradise came about because of the endless questions we were getting from our vacation rental guests (oh yeah, another avocation) about Hawaii, how can we afford to live here, cultural issues, what about the schools, and so on. It occurred to my writer’s mind one day that hey, here is a highly focused audience eager for information, and information was my thing.

Now in its Fourth Edition, this title is selling well (for a self-published book) and the Fourth Edition is the best yet. The changes come largely from the highly-appreciated feedback of readers and the need to update to reflect changing economic and social conditions.

I have always believed that success in any business is a direct result of the passion one has for that enterprise. My father used to criticize me endlessly for my wandering passions, and I used to take his words to heart. But I’ve come to know the secret of passion, and that has been the driving force in every venture I’ve undertaken in my life so far. Yes, I get tired of some things after a while and move onto something new, and I’ve also come to take peace in the OK-ness of that.

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