While visiting some friends today in Mililani Town at the Mililani Golf Course, I came upon this bird feeder. The doves were literally on top of each other trying to get at the seeds. A lot of the seeds went to the ground, but the birds didn't care. They wanted THAT seed that was in the dish.
Did you know that I once helped "stage" the first home models at Mililani Town in Hawaii way back when, when they first went on the market? In fact, my daughter and I were in some print advertising, looking like happy homeowners.
There was a long waiting list of people who wanted to purchase a home in this new development. Because I worked for the company, I was put at the top of the list and I ended up purchasing a townhouse and lived there for well over a year. I then moved us into town when my daughter started First Grade at Punahou. In those days they were just building the freeway system that would eventually shorten the drive time considerably between Mililiani and town.
In those early days there was a lot of dust, because the development was built on pineapple and sugarcane fields owned by Castle & Cooke. There was a great pent-up demand for housing on Oahu in those days, and Mililani Town was designed as a satellite city complete with schools, shopping center, community centers, golf course, and lots of open space. Several parks were included that have playgrounds for kids and tennis courts for those who can swing a racket.
C&C hired architect and developer Al Boeke to design the community. Boeke later created the planned community of Sea Ranch on the California coast.
Here's a fun story: the playgrounds initially included sandboxes for little kids, but these were quickly eliminated. Seems that quite a few cats lived around those parts who also loved those sandboxes!
The first homes in Mililani went on sale on June 3, 1968. I remember it well. I was there.
Now? Mililani Town, the first/older development, has 27,639 residents. Mililani Mauka, the second newer development, has 21,039 residents (according to a 2010 Census).
For more information on the Mililani Town Association, its member activities and services, please go to their website at www.mililanitown.org