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Here is the finished photo! Also included are a couple of the in-process

We finished installing new flooring in our North container!! We are so grateful to have it all finished!! If you zoom in, you can see our melodian, the very same that we used as a table surface for cutting each of the 126 cuts we made to the planks!! There were 63 rows total, and each row required two cuts. It felt like a long process (5 days), but we got it done and we are closer for it!

For more photos, please see my Facebook page. I tried to include the link here, but for some reason, I am not able to.

Today, we met the Founder of Domegaia, Hajjar Gibran. We are inspired and hopeful at the prospect of building an aircrete dome home on our Aloha Garden of Peace!

The whole drive home was filled with clear direction for the steps we need to take. We stopped to take pictures of the sunset, and only after getting out of the car did we see the DOUBLE RAINBOW!! So magical and beautiful!!

In a few of the pictures, you can see mountains Mauna Loa on the left and Mauna Kea on the right.

For those who might be curious, here is our action list:

Hand clearing by us
Excavations by a neighbor including the
Septic system,
new homesite,
water catchment tank ordered, purchased, delivered, and installed on a level base mode of black sand and aircrete band around the catchment tank circle.
Form up and pour the capital I shaped slab in between the containers and across the ends of the containers (780 sq feet).
Order, purchase, deliver, and install a 30’X50’ greenhouse from Greenhouse Specialists / and or Rudy’s shade.
Barn doors on the east end of the containers and greenhouse.

We will also need our solar panels hooked up, but we will do that hopefully this Summer.

Hajjar Gibran, founder of Domegaia
Hajjar said it was okay to go see the Domegaia training site.
In process photo of the kitchen
Bedroom (I focused in on the closet)

Bathroom

Part of a series of several sunset and rainbow pics

We are back in Hawai’i!!

On the plane yesterday, I wrote this and here it is.

We made it!! These past days, weeks (and months), we have been working steadily to sort and repack almost all of our belongings in CA that we have acquired since coming from our property in Hawai’i in 2015. I am so grateful to George Strong from Fern Lodge in Castro Valley, CA for allowing us to be able to stay at The Valentine House for this work. I want to say thanks to Mark for his steadfast cheerfulness and hard work, complaint-free, right into the wee hours of the morning as we finished our packing and cleaning up.

Going forward, Mark and I will live in Kona with a friend with whom we have mutual agreements and sharing. We will be with her generally on the weekends. During the week, we will be on our property. More to come!!

This year, Mark and I went to Burning Man for the second year in a row.  On the way home from Burning Man, Mark made a decision that he would like to design and build a home before the year ends.  We have been working on home designs almost every day since. We have made much progress! We have come up with a floor plan that we both love! It is small but it will meet our needs for the time being.  We are planning to apply for a building permit as soon as our plans are complete.  We were thrilled to learn that composting toilets and graywater systems are legal in the state of Hawaii!  We have sent our plans to a draftsman and engineer for comments and suggestions.  We intend to build this home without a mortgage. 

  

Abundance of Good!!

There is certainly an abundant expression of good here at the Aloha Garden of Peace!! 

Two days ago, fence was put up in front of our first lot.

We harvested two pineapples from our property, and a neighbor brought another pineapple as a gift!

Our wedding anniversary is today!! and the same neighbor will be taking us out to the neighborhood pizza place tonight. 

This morning, we got our truck repaired in a major way! We replaced the radiator, the water pump, the belt, and spark plugs. It is running MUCH BETTER! 

On Sunday, we will have a potluck picnic in Kalakaua Park. 

That is the same park in which Mark performed his first play, Measure for Measure, a dark comedy by Shakespeare. 
  

The past several days have been really rainy here in Hawaii!! This is good because we had several weeks without any rain. 

I was notified that a tent is coming our way. Mark and I have spent the past 2 1/2 days in our truck designing a structure that will encompass and protect this new and very helpful bedroom and screened lanai. I am so excited!!

Mark has been hoping to get some of this bamboo for a long time!  Some friends of ours have let us know that we can have some of theirs.  Mark harvested a few baby shoots :)) last Tuesday and we planted them in mulch on our property the same day!



Biochar! Check it out!!

Hi Friends!! It has been so long since I posted. Tonight we went to an amazing presentation by Josiah Hunt, the owner/CEO/director of Pacific Biochar (see pacificbiochar.com). He has been making biochar since 2007 or so. Having just 5% of biochar in your soil can increase production by 17-25%! It was a great presentation!

The presentation was at Hawaiian Sanctuary and is part of a yearlong series. This is the third one I have been to. 

Hey friends!

These are exciting times at the Aloha Garden of Peace! I (Rachel) have been home for almost 3 weeks now and we are making steady progress!

I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Mark and I visited with friends and enjoyed lunch and dinner at two different parties. At the first one, a good friend of ours encouraged us strongly to be getting free mulch every day that we go into Hilo. We agreed that we need to do this, and in addition, have mulch delivered to us to fill in some big pukas (holes).

We built a dog house for Honua, (a puppy Mark got in July) using materials on hand: pallets, plywood, metal roofing, 2x4s, a tray, and a synthetic dog bed.

We set up a cooking station and have been cooking 1 meal per day, often including rice, lentils, soup, & veggies. We are still having raw fruit for breakfast and sandwiches for lunch.

I walk Honua almost every night, usually about 2 miles, sometimes 3 miles if there is time.

When I got back to the Big Island, I found that Mark had set up our camping tent (which lets in ventilation and light! YAY!) under a carport with a tarp. Our camping tent is situated on an 8 X 8 platform about 18 inches off the ground. Inside are two mattresses, making for a comfortable bed. Best of all, we can wake up early and see the sunrise from our bed!

Monday of this week, Mark cut several (maybe 10?) trees down with his chainsaw. While working with him near the front of our property, I was eager to have a home for all our tools, so I suggested that the next day we repurpose our Big Max Garden Shed for… TOOLS! It took all day yesterday, but we began and made significant progress on this project. We got all the tools out of our big tent and all the stuff that was in the garden shed out. What to do with the large plywood box that Mark had made for our bed was pondered. We decided to put top of the bed against the wall and stand the bed frame upright near the door on the right as you enter. The bed frame that Mark built is now a garden tool closet! Today’s work when I get home is to get our garden tools out from under our big tent and put them away in their new home. Also wonderful was that I was able to merge and organize all of Mark’s tools and my tools. This is huge :)! Another major benefit of this is that the aisles of our big tent are much better! I am so grateful!

Another news item is that very soon I will have a nursing website through my brother Gabriel’s Share the Practice server up and running!

Much love to all of you!

Rachel and Mark McClintick