PS: Coming from Wisconsin, what's the biggest design difference between the mainland and Hawaii?
KVV: The major design difference is that you have more options for outdoor living. I spend more time outside my house than inside. It's also harder to find specific things, since resources are limited and shipping can be outrageous.
What has really made me sink my roots on Maui is the overall vibe of the people. The sense of "aloha" is real. It's how I would imagine the days that my grandma speaks of . . . the days when everyone knew each other, you didn't have to lock your doors, strangers smiled at each other, and shared what they have — even if it's not much.