About Laura

My husband Ken and I both grew up in Michigan. Ken is 1 of 6 children so there was not much traveling growing up. I am 1 of 3 children and we took many family vacations. I fell in love with the ocean on my first family trip to California in the early 70’s and swore some day I would live by the ocean out west. 


Shortly after our marriage, we knew we wanted to travel so we bought a time share and visited many places. We eventually moved to Arizona -- I know, a desert…the complete opposite of the ocean! It was more cost effective than California and got us closer. I obtained a college degree while working for Intel Corp. during my 25 years and Ken completed 34 years at the US Postal Service. Arizona was where I first became interested in mixology and cooking. I love glassware and have an eclectic collection, which lends itself to my love of playing bar tender while entertaining family and friends. Ken loves gardening and landscaped the yard beautifully; he was also quite the handyman for the remodeling projects. I took an interest in gardening the last couple of years (in preparation for Hawaii) and we grew a few vegetables and herbs.

After our first vacation to Hawaii in 2000, we increasingly spent more vacations in the islands. In 2014 with retirement on the horizon, it became apparent that Hawaii was our favorite travel destination and we were no longer satisfied with just visiting. We were drawn to the aloha spirit and the slower "hang loose" lifestyle. We spent an entire weekend online deciding on an island then we spotted a great 5 acre lot on the Big Island. We planned a trip and 3 months later, we closed the deal!  Thus began our 5 year retirement plan, from bull dozing to a Bamboo Living home.

In November of 2019, our dream became a reality! Ken's love of finances and creative money management afforded us the opportunity to retire before the age of 60, sell our AZ home, and move to Hawaii. We are renting a beautiful home (where we vacationed the year before) while our home is being built; it is on a 5-acre coffee farm minutes from our property with a stunning west-facing costal view! Our landlords (the Nolls) are great people and we have met so many other awesome neighbors as well.  

Our Rental Home

We are excited about living mostly off grid (100% solar / water catchment) and growing and harvesting our own food, Kona coffee and Mamaki tea, only grown in Hawaii. We are looking forward to our Bamboo home construction project that just started! We are planning a tiki lounge where we can share fun times with each other, friends and family celebrating life (our favorite past time). Ken always wanted a log home growing up in Michigan and now we will have our own sustainable island log home with a big blue ocean view! We are truly fortunate!!


Follow our Bamboo home building construction on our website - LOKO-Motives, LLC 


Bamboo Living home model; ours will be a bit different (slab, no stairs).

Our Property

My Personal Web Site - photography and other passions​