Aloha Honolulu: Our House

We live in the downstairs apartment of a nice house in Manoa Valley.

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You walk down a path by the side of the house…

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Then you turn left and you have our lanai (aka a porch on the Mainland)

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On our lanai we have lizards…

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Inside you have to take off your shoes…

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We had a lot of work to do!

Our living room during our first week.
Our living room during our first week.
The living room space after lots of shopping.
The living room space after lots of shopping.
The dining area after
The dining area after. Note the homemade curtains (there are actually 4 windows in the living/dining room).
Nat's workspace before
Nat’s workspace before
Nat's workspace after
Nat’s workspace after
The kitchen is off the workspace
The kitchen is off the workspace

You may have noticed that the refrigerator is not in the kitchen but in the adjacent room.  That’s just the way it is.  We also don’t have a full-sized stove.  We have a burner and a toaster oven.  We also have a microwave, a coffee pot and a rice cooker.  In addition, there is a washing machine, but no dryer.  Clothes are dried  by hanging on a line outdoors — which can take anywhere from 8 hours to 2 days to dry, depending on the relative humidity.

 

Our bedroom is quite large.  The bed is comprised of two twin box springs with a queen mattress on top.
Our bedroom is quite large. The bed is comprised of two twin box springs with a queen mattress on top.  The bedroom has a huge closet.  We hung sweater organizers from the closet pole to create drawers.  It works. Note the home-made curtains…

There is a small but adequate bathroom off the bedroom.

Our total square footage is probably about 1000 ft.  The kitchen is larger than our kitchen back home, as is the bedroom.  But the living/dining space is smaller and we’re missing 2 rooms and a bathroom.  But as far as apartments go, it’s very roomy and well-lit.

It’s super-convenient for Bill’s work — only a mile from his office. We’re also a mile from the nearest shopping center. There are two major bus lines that are within a quarter mile.  It is quite easy to live without a car here.  The only drawback is a lack of sidewalks, but people just walk on the front lawns, so we now do that, too.

The tree on the corner of our street and Awapuhi St. Note the lack of sidewalks.  Most of the valley has no sidewalks.
The tree on the corner of our street and Awapuhi St. Note the lack of sidewalks. Most of the valley has no sidewalks.

 

 

 

 

 

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