Ukulele Family Finds An Ukulele Teacher

This is one of those things in life that you couldn’t make up. I’ve written before about the universe affirming positive decisions – almost like the reward systems on credit cards. If you make a bad choice, no points, just debt – a neutral choice leaves you neutral – a positive choice brings you points – the right positive choice brings you triple points – or more!

Here is a real world example of what I’m talking about. I’m in Hawai’i right now – actually, I’m on Hawai’i (the Big Island) in Hilo. I like it here, but it isn’t where we are meant to be at this moment in time. Oahu is not done with me. This trip has been rushed – in fact – at times it felt like it would be impossible – but I did everything I could and trusted God to lead me in the right direction. I researched jobs and tried to land interviews, I researched housing and neighborhoods, and I kept in mind what I wanted as I moved forward and avoided the temptation to get sidetracked.

One of my goals in 2017 has been to start using points and credit cards effectively. With that in mind, I paid off my credit card debt and have paid attention to my credit score. At the end of May, I applied for two new credit cards – a Hawaiian Airlines credit card which awards 50k points if you spend $1000 in the first three months and a Hilton Honors credit card that awards 100k if you spend $3k in the first three months. In early June, I booked my trip here to find a house and a job. I only gave myself 5 days because there is a lot to still be done in Oregon. The Oahu portion and airfare took care of the $1000 on the Hawaiian Airlines card. 50k points will purchase two one way tickets from the mainland to Hawai’i…or upgrade two regular fares to 1st class…so, I actually just got most of our airfare to Hawai’i paid. The Hilton Honors points will come later – but shipping our items to Hawai’i should cover the $3k requirement.

Now, on a different level from the points – I’ve mentioned before that life apparently didn’t want me to take my family on a crazy pell-mell adventure around the world – and I had to listen to it. Instead, it became really clear that the right decision was to slow down – make the adventure more of a long term journey – the first step of that journey was to get ukuleles. The next step was to learn how to play them – and there really isn’t a better place to learn to play than in Hawai’i. To live here, I needed a job, a career really – so I looked at the online job ads and one of the first to come up was Archaeologist – some of the requirements were a degree in Anthropology (I have that) and a knowledge of Hawaiian history and culture (I have that too from being a guide and from classes I took at the University of Hawai’i. So I applied with my initial idea of bringing the family here in September – they wanted someone sooner – so I pushed my agenda closer and here I am and we will be moving in a very short time – and guess what? I had the interview the other day and I was hired!

Another thing I wanted to accomplish on my five days in Hawai’i was to find a home for us. There was a really cool piece of property for sale on Hilo with a wreck of a house – it’s part of why I came to Hilo – I had it in my mind that it might be a neat adventure to bring my family here and learn to make it work on the land – but the property was not right for us. I knew that when I saw it. I had looked at three properties on Oahu – they were not perfect, but one stood out above the others. It was located close to where I will be working, the rent was reasonable by Oahu standards and included utilities, it wasn’t a tiny closet with no windows, and this was the kicker – the landlady was really cool. She had me fill out the application and one of the questions was “Do you have any musical instruments?” I hesitantly told her that we have three ukuleles and she burst into smiles. “That’s so cool! I love ukulele. In fact, I’m an ukulele teacher!”

At that moment, I knew that this was meant to be. I had found our home. Still, I had to come here and see the farm on the Big Island – I really wanted the farm, I loved the idea of it, but I knew it wasn’t right. So I made the calls to accept the job and accept the apartment from the ukulele teacher. As if to reward me for making the right decision, when I checked into my hotel my room was not ready – so I was upgraded to a lanai room with a view of the bay. Seriously. This stuff works.