Aloha, my name is Caryn or Kalena depending on what you choose. I am a middle age family therapist living and working on the Big Island of Hawaii. But Why? Because maybe I can. We have a saying here……”If can, can. If No can, No can.” I moved back to Hawaii from the mainland twenty three years ago to see ” if can”, and I’m still here, so yes, can.
Paradise you say. Yes, Hawaii is beautiful and there is so much to love. Hawaii is my home and has been for most of my life. I have normal challenges daily like you. The cost of living in Paradise is high, although the Big Island is less expensive than Oahu. We have bugs, rain, humidity, yearly hurricane threats, lava flows, earthquakes……the list goes on. Did I say bugs? Yes, but I’ll save that for another post.
I have a twelve pound dog named Chico. He is half Chihuahua and half “poi dog”, meaning undetermined paternal parentage. He threw up today on the carpet after I fed him cottage cheese. I let Chico out one night to pee then forgot about him while I was on the phone with my mother for forty five minutes. The result? Poor little dog was gored by a wild pig and had to undergo two surgeries. Paradise yes, but also normal life.