When my husband and I first concocted the idea of an addition to The Dolphin Hale, little did we realize what we were actually getting ourselves into. No strangers to “Island Time” and the costs associated with getting anything done on Kauai, we thought we were prepared both financially and emotionally to see it through. However, we quickly came to realize that while we were well braced for a tropical storm or two (literally and figuratively), we were not prepared for the construction hurricane that hit us.
Instead of completing our project by Christmas 2015, we were forced to throw some of our ‘must haves’ into the abyss and compromise on others just to be able to wrap construction for an April 1st-no foolin-relaunch and open The Dolphin Hale to guests once again. Throughout this 12-month process I have collected a few pearls of wisdom to share with you. If you are thinking of purchasing an island home as a rental property or simply as a second home, write this down:
- Island homes are ALWAYS in a state of decay
- Everything must be shipped in across a vast ocean which will test the depths of your patience and pockets
- US Currency is only worth a fraction of its face value in Hawaii
Now before you conclude that I am just jaded, let me also say that there are rewards for embarking upon such an adventure:
- They are not making more ocean front property
- The spirit of Aloha will fill and rejuvenate your soul
- Your vacations will be tax deductible
Then, again, you can always do the smart thing and just rent The Dolphin Hale!
– Mrs. Rice