Questions are always welcome! Since I don't know if TresJolie knows how to have replies to her comments emailed to her, I've opted to make this post.
1- Obamacare? I've read in the newspapers that many people in Hawaii signed up under Obamacare. So for some people, the new system was a benefit. For many people though, their medical premiums skyrocketed (often doubled!) while at the same time the coverage plummeted. Not so good then.
2- Are goats good for clearing land? Yes and no. There is a lot of vegetation here that is too tough or inedible for goats. But many people use them to help keep the brush and coarse grasses from growing back.
3- Do you suffer actual hate? Racial prejudice occurs in Hawaii, and some regions are worse than others. Ka'u has a reputation for being a spot where everybody fits in, meaning that were all a bit odd....some more so than others, plus we are pretty tolerant of the oddness in others. And while some Hawaiian and local types may flair into a flurry of racial slurs during an emotional outburst, generally most people in Ka'u are willing to let live.
4-Solar electric installation. Frankly, the vast majority of off grid systems are installed without permits nor licensed electricians. Nor licensed contractors. People either do their own, have the solar guys do it, or have a knowledgable neighbor do it.
5- Straw bale gardening. Straw around here is imported from the mainland and thus is very expensive. Expect to pay $35 a bale or more. So straw bale gardening isn't practiced here.
6- We are both 64. You're just a tad younger than us. Many people arrive here in their mid sixties.
7- The challenge of gardening. Soil, wind, and weather conditions can change here every few miles. Some areas are better for gardening than others. Regardless of where one gardened before, new gardeners here need to learn the local quirks, pests, and diseases. While it's not a whole new ball game, there is plenty of things that are different.
8- How to stop abandoning pets. That's a big question. Animal welfare groups here push for neutering and microchipping. The goal is to stop the glut of excess animals and to have permanent ID. There is no SPCA in Ka'u, nor any plans to build one. So abandonment is a problem.