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Leon & Royan BarnettRoyan, my wife, and I have been married for over fifty four years. We were both born in Long Beach, a beautiful place in those days, probably still is, only we left thirty five years ago and have never been back.

In the late sixties, after college, we relocated to the beautiful Willamette Valley in western Oregon. I had a job offer from Tektronix so we purchased a hobby farm and our family was indoctrinated into the small, rural community lifestyle. Over the next decade we were blessed with a multitude of children. I established a tool and die business, bought and sold several acreage's, and times were good.

I don’t exactly know why but like a lot of people of our generation we became anxious for a life of adventure. In late ’79, during the height of the housing market we sold out (at a tidy profit) and moved to the wild and pristine central coast of British Columbia.

I can’t relay to you all the stories about those years but I can tell you that we made a bond with both nature and the universe that we never felt in urban life. There were times in the winter that the stars came so close to the earth you could touch them. Enchanting times, when the wolves would howl at the moon while it lit the snow like a mid summer day. I have been face to face with Grizzlies on many occasions. I’ve caught Coho Salmon while the autumn reflections cast a spell on the wild river like the image on an old master’s painting. We carved out a real wilderness ranch there, on over a hundred acres of former forestland complete with a three thousand foot home, barn and high tech machine shop where I made my living.

In 1992 luck was with me when I purchased another large acreage with an immense amount of valuable timber. This property turned out to triple in value over the next several years.

By 1995 my brother Bill had become well established as the largest alpaca breeder in the United States (North America). With his help and much perseverance I started what was to be the first direct importation of two hundred fifty Alpacas to Canada direct from South America. It was a marathon endeavor but after a lengthy ordeal and a successful legal struggle with Agriculture Canada we were ultimately successful. We raised and sold these lovely creatures with a passion for five years.  We found our kinship with other beings to both spiritually as well as monetarily rewarding.

Recently and like most of the North American Manufacturing complex my little tool and die business had become mediocre at best. Offshore competition and greed have ruined the most important economic base of our society and I believe is the reason for our current economic crisis. Cheap inferior imports and low service industry wage shift has lowered our standard of living.

I had to make a change so I started my real estate career in 2003 in Hawaii. Two years later I was licensed in British Columbia. My first few years put me at the top of my office in sales.

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Updating of Molokai info in progress

Update as of June 2015:  Just purchased a magnificent home above Papohaku on the Western Shore of the island of Molokai. This 3 bedroom, 3 bath home sits on over 5 acres and has a panoramic view of the entire west coast of this island and Oahu, 30 odd miles across the Kaiwi Channel. Papohaku Beach is the longest and least used white sand beach in all of Hawaii. It is a short one mile jog below my property and I run it's 3 mile length on off days. My point is that this property would have cost to twice as much on the Big Island of Hawaii or close to triple on Maui or Kauai. Far from the Vog of Kona, Molokai is a deal!
Molokai has no large commercial tourist facilities, only one small but beautiful golf course and a lot of open spaces, hiking trails and secluded beaches. It's not for everyone, but if you like an active natural experience with plenty of solitude Molokai is the place for you.

Currently there are 5 acre lots for sale, within easy walking distance of the ocean, water and power to the lot line, at the starting price of $165,000! Less than one mile from a 3 mile long white sand beach with nobody on it! Awesome!


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