It became a routine for Juggernaut to swim at the county swimming pool every other day. The pool is well maintained with on-site pool guards and excellent changing rooms. The water is cooler in the county pool than in the hot pond near the ocean where the underground active volcanic activity feeds the pond with warm water. During high-tide, the sea water enters the pond bringing fresh water into the pond increasing the depth of water. Many locals and tourists visit hot pond to experience the volcanic phenomena and some believe that a dip in hot water pond is therapeutic.
At the county swimming pool, Juggernaut met a Samoan woman in late 40’s. “So how life different in Hawaii from Samoa,” asked Juggernaut.
“Samoa is very expensive, a dollar in Samoa would buy half it could buy here you know.”
“Well if you want to know a dollar on the mainland can buy twice than what it can buy here in Hawaii,” said Juggernaut moving his hands apart as if he was stretching the value of dollar.
“Really, I did know that, I came to the Big Island from Samoa over thirteen years ago with family, four years ago my husband died in car crash leaving me with two sons and daughter. You see that boy there with the girl and small child, he was my elder son, a real rascal, dropped from school, got married a local girl and had a baby already,” the woman pointed to his son splashing water in a playful manner on his wife and child. His body was covered neck down with tattoos, for 21 years old he looked like a big man with baby face.
“You see that is my other boy, now he is following his brother to become a rowdy. I am planning to send him to Alaska to join my daughter.”
“You have a daughter in Alaska?”
“Yeah, my daughter got a job with the government in Alaska and she is a bright spot in my life. I want to send my second boy to her soon so he can go to school here. Here on the Big Island, the kids were not learning anything in school, they hang out and waste time,” the Samoan woman was really sounded upset.
“May be you should have stayed in Samoa,” Juggernaut looked at her with a kind look.
“No, we were very poor in Samoa, we could hardly feed our family, we Samoans were stupid you know, we have no ambition like Chinese and Koreans, they took over the business in Samoa making it expensive to live.”
“In Samoa, can you get all these fruits and vegetables available down here?”
“Sure, everything you get here we have it down there except it was very expensive so we came here to live for good, we Samoans can go back and forth to Samoa with permanent visa,” the Samoan woman looked proud to be in America.
“I see some Indian features in you,” Juggernaut wants to know more about her ethnic makeup.
“I have some Indian in me, there are a few Indians live in Samoa, and they came long, long time ago and married to local people. Here on the Big Island we have all kind of people all mixed. I see plenty Philipino and Chinese farmers selling produce in the Farmer’s market but we Samoans still struggling here.”
“It seems the island life attracts immigrants from Philippines, China and other places in the pacific may be it reminds them of their old country.”
“True, we Samoans prefer to come to Hawaii for island life rather than living on the mainland.”
“Well, nice to meet you; hope your second boy would benefit from going to Alaska,” said Juggernaut leaving the Samoan woman in her
thoughts walking in the pool as if crossing a stream.
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