A little roadside stand in Kipahulu sells fruit and smoothies. There’s no electricity here, so the refrigerator runs by propane and the coffee maker by solar. The blender for smoothies is bicycle-powered. The woman working behind the counter recently escaped from Los Angeles with no regrets.
When the earthquake hit recently, Kipahulu was completely cut off because a bridge was damaged. FEMA helicoptered in copious amounts of canned food, but locals here didn’t really need it. They do just fine from hunting, fishing, and gathering fruit, and can teach us all something about self-reliance.
Here’s the new temporary bridge.
The damaged bridge is in back of this new temporary bridge and crosses a steep, deep chasm.