I joined Facebook on January 24, 2009. Then, on September 30, 2011, I posted my first message.
In doing so, I made a commitment to post something every day and I also committed to do it for a year.
Because of my work in government, as Deputy Managing Director for Hawaiʻi County and Director of the State Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), I have had the opportunity to see some places and deal with some issues that many others have not had the same opportunity.
So, I planned to share some insights and places with others. In addition to those, I also planned to share some of the recent stuff we learned while working on various planning and related consulting projects across the state.
So, there is a bunch of historical stuff, including images. As time went on, this matter of making meaningful posts turned into a daily research project.
My interest turned into a passion (or obsession, as Nelia says.) It consumed all of my “spare” time – weekdays, evenings and weekends.
I have learned so much in the last few years year about the place I live; it has been a great learning experience.
OK, here’s the deal.
My “one year” is long come and gone.
Some may not realize the time commitment to research and edit these historical posts – in addition to finding images and maps to help illustrate the message.
For the past several years, it has been like another job, or two.
To those who read and appreciate these posts, thank you.
What does that mean for the future?
I’m not sure.
But, as far as posts go, for now, this is it … All Pau.
This is a reminder that I have prepared and scheduled posts up to June 1, 2020 – that could be the last day.
Some have suggested I put these together into a book. However, rather than putting these into some traditional, bound, coffee-table paperwork, I see these posts as a new form for “books” (except I have had control over what is posted each day.)
I am working on getting the posts linked into an online map (actually, I have a version of that I have been working on, it’s pretty cool) and/or an App, so these people, places, times and events can also be seen on a map/aerial image, where they happened.
It may not be completed and up and running by June 1, but I have an agreement with a programmer to get it online as soon as possible.
Anyway, thank you, again; it has been a great eight years and a wonderful ride (a virtual “E” ticket.)
We are fortunate people living in a very special place. Let’s continue to work together to make Hawaiʻi a great place to live.
I will still keep active the website where the full posts – you may continue to see images and maps and the short summaries at: www.ImagesOfOldHawaii.com. The link to the online map will also be there.
But for now, at least on June 1, 2020, the daily historical posts will come to an end.
… and a fun time was had by all.