Paula and I are just back from Hawaii, where the islanders were crazy about their fireworks as New Year’s Eve approached. Here’s a sample supermarket display:
In North Kohala shops, you could find the Super Thunder Crackers with Double Bomb for sale below the Tampax (both Super and Super Plus), and the Cool & Refreshing and Magic Whip sparklers beside the dried seaweed and tortillas. I never figured out what the Dark Science contraptions were, but I’ve since read online they offer “a rotating experiment in nocturnal splendor.” The manufacturer, based in China, also sells ones called Opulently Yours, Nuclear Physics, and Publicity Stunt.
But if your goal wasn’t lighting them yourself, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel’s display looked more traditionally like this:
Long before the sky filled with booms and pyrotechnics, we experienced our own mini-fireworks inside our car. Allow me to introduce our dog, Moai:
He’s a 5-year-old Chilean terrier, named for the sculptures on Easter Island, which is part of Chile too. It’s no longer as hard as it used to be to bring dogs to Hawaii, so he accompanied us on this last trip, which seemed completely fair, since he was with us back in 2014 when we found our lot. However, since Moai spends most of his time in New York City, his knowledge of other species is limited. The first time he joined us, he was fascinated by the tropical fish. This time, the cows were another story. Here they were, as we approached our house:
My point is it doesn’t matter if you roll down the windows. When a dog barks inside a sedan, the report is deafening. Fortunately, he quieted down once we got inside the fence—although he was defiant each time the cows neared. He’ll have to learn about life in Hawaii, just like us.
We enjoyed our quieter pyrotechnics inside our fence, so bright it didn’t matter that they were still during the day. The first photo is by Ethan Goore, my college housemate’s 13-year-old son, who’s a part-time Big Islander himself. He keeps arguing that our house needs a water slide.
But a different kind of nighttime illumination has arrived at our construction site as well. The cedar ceiling in the main pavilion is finally up. This is roughly how it will look by day, once the Haiku fans and lights and Polk Audio ceiling speakers are installed. There’s also a Polk subwoofer inside the opposite wall, where Epson’s brand-new PowerLite Home Cinema 5040UB 3LCD Projector with 4K Enhancement and HDR will sit inside a specially designed cubbyhole above the powder room.
Then across from them will be this:
Allow me to present Da-Lite’s Wireline Advantage remote-control projection screen, in its whopping 133” version (which is actually the smallest model there is, because if you have room for 226”, that’s also an option). Here it is being installed:
Once we have power running (yes, lack of power’s been a construction glitch, but such is life off-the-grid), the motorized screen will descend from the ceiling by a pair of thin steel cables and hover before the windows like a mirage. I’ll post more photos of how everything looks once we have it working. So for now our off-line entertainment is this:
Did I say we’d be done by January? As of now, it’ll be this spring, but I’m not sure if the dogs or dogies are going to notice.