KAILUA-KONA — Four years ago, Alice Mattraw-Sachs and her husband Jackie bought a piece of property in Kona Acres and started a long refurbishing project.
Estela asks: I grew up in Mexico where we had a wonderful avocado tree and lots of different chili peppers growing. I have recently become an American citizen and now live in Hawaii. I want to get some seeds so I can grow peppers and avocados here. Can you recommend a source?
We are in the Land of Maori now and will be exploring the North Island starting in Aukland. Traveling around New Zealand, it was a surprise to see how the avocado industry has expanded since our last visit. Seeds were brought here in the early 1900s and now it has become the country’s third largest fresh fruit export.
The lyric from Bob Dylan pretty much sums up a common entrepreneurial attitude. It’s the credo of the worker bee who is tired of being a worker bee, who sees a better way of doing things, who wants to take full advantage of the income generated by the business in which he or she is generally a key worker, and, most importantly, who wants to take more control over his or her life. Along with all that “freedom,” comes the responsibility, and most worker bees who have been working in a particular industry for a while realize that as the flip side of the entrepreneurial coin and are willing to make that bargain.