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Old 12-30-2011, 02:59 AM
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Aloha all!

I have been persuading my husband for the past 5 years or so to move back (my) home and we are finally financially in a position to make this happen. Island living is eating us alive!

Here's the crummy part, he is a lead carpenter (a very good carpenter mind you) but a carpenter just the same. Is it ANY better there than it was a couple years ago? Is anything being built? I heard about Bal Seal building a manufacturing plant there. Does anyone know who the builder is to get in contact with? BTW, if anyone is in need of a great carpenter starting in May or June...I have a great one!

Thanks in advance everyone!
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Old 12-30-2011, 02:10 PM
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Be sure to check with the home builders in the area regarding job openings. We are building a new home with Richmond American and I know at Grey Hawk Estates alone they have sold at least 8 new homes/lots since October (and they build all over Colorado Springs).

I know we'll be needing some carpentry work done towards the end of the year (built ins, wainscotting, etc.) If your husband ends up wanting to do some side jobs as well, let me know.

We considered moving back to the Honolulu area when my husband retired from the military but the cost of living is just too high. I get homesick often but it passes quickly once I pass the gas pump (gas is about $2.90 today as opposed to around $3.79 in Honolulu) and go to the grocery store. (I have fresh milk delivered by the dairy and it's half the price of milk in the islands!) The Asian market here sells Portuguese sausage and there's an L & L Drive In so that helps, too.

I hope everything goes well with your move - this forum is a great resource for information and help. Let me know if there is anything I can do for you. Maika'i Pomaika'i!
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Old 12-30-2011, 09:06 PM
Location: Back in COLORADO!!!
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I'm a plumber and Colorado Springs is my hometown. I'm heading back soon myself.

Unfortunately, most of my trade contacts tell me things are still slow. Not completely dead, just slow.

I'm working outside of my trade for now and probably will for awhile to come. I personally don't care for the service side of the plumbing trade, so I can't wait for new construction to bounce back......
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Old 12-31-2011, 02:34 AM
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I have been coming back to this board from time to time for a few years now and I think the way things are going, now is the time to move. We have lived here for 10 years now and as hard as it is for my husband to leave home (he's from Kaneohe), he knows if we stay here, it wouldn't be a good situation for us or our two small children.

Mrs. Mac, my husband is always doing sidejobs! HAHA...its a way of life here you know! HE has the capability of building houses from the ground up but its so darn expensive here to get a contractors license here but hopefully that will change once we get contacts in the Springs! Much cheaper and easier to do that down there.

I keep telling Brian that there's L&L in Aurora and he will be glad to know that we can get Portugese Sausage there instead of having it sent here! We should just bring our rice cooker and we should be good right?? Mrs. Mac, where are you from? We live in Ewa Beach (Iroquois Point to be exact).

BTW...gas is just under $4 now...gallon milk $4.69...just bought bananas today for $1.19 a lbs...Cheerios $4.69 for a 15 oz box...ahh yes, the price of Paradise...whatever!

Greenscout...be patient...slow is better than dead, right? :P
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Old 12-31-2011, 05:32 AM
Location: Canon City, Colorado
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My son lives in Ewa Beach also...he is in the Navy. He says it is very pricey there!! He has been there for almost 5 years! He is looking to do shore duty in Denver!
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Old 01-02-2012, 03:24 PM
Location: Colorado Springs
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Actually, there's an L&L right here in the Springs...one of my favorites!....no need to go to Aurora, but there is a large Korean super market in Aurora also, and some small Japanese markets in Denver, so it makes getting Asian food easy enough. It's no Hawaii, though!
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Old 01-02-2012, 07:59 PM
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thats great that L&L has expanded. shows you there is a demand for it...more and more locals are moving away..getting too expensive to stay...
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