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Editor’s Note: With three properties on the Big Island of Hawaii (Villa Ahmyo, Hale Kaikho and Hale Lani), there’s always a lot of work needed to keep the yards from getting overgrown. It’s not a matter of if something will grow, it’s about how fast it will grow. EJ Thomas is our resident groundskeeper, working tirelessly to keep everything mowed and trimmed and treated. He has spent most of his life on the island, with the exception of a few years in Kansas at an early age. Crimson Circle is fortunate to have someone reliable and trustworthy like EJ to care for our beautiful properties.

SHAUMBRA MAGAZINE: How and when did you start working for Crimson Circle?

EJ: I was working at the property (Villa Ahmyo) for the previous owners when Crimson Circle bought the place, and Geoff and Linda continued to have me on as the landscaper. So, I’ve been working here for about 4 years.

SM: What do you do for Crimson Circle?

EJ: I’m the gardener, landscaper, yard keeper-upper. In Hawaii the plants grow a lot, and fast, so I try to keep them in shape. I take care of the lawns, keep the weeds under control, flowers hopefully blooming. I take care of anything in the yard. Spray for weeds and bugs, fertilize, weed whack, mow, blow, trim. I’m not totally a professional landscaper but I’ve helped with some landscaping projects. I’m good with a chainsaw, I’ve chopped up fallen trees and things like that.

SM: What skills did you bring and what have you gained while working with CC?

EJ: At the time I brought my 15 years of experience, now it’s almost 20 years of yard and gardening experience. I’m still learning new stuff all the time about yard maintenance and other things of course. The Hoppe’s have been very kind to me and my family. In a way, they’re a bit of friends, I would say.

SM: What parts of your job do you enjoy the most?

EJ: Working outside in paradise! I like the variety of all the places I work at. SM: Any challenges?

EJ: It can be rainy, or very sunny and hot, at times. I try to be safe and not get injured, and always try to please the clients.

SM: What do you feel passionate about?

EJ: Me? (chuckles) I love video games, animé and Star Wars. They’re my favorite hobbies! Not really landscaping or work related but they’re some of my favorite things in life. I guess I’m a proud nerd.

SM: Anything else you want to share?

EJ: Aloha to you all!

1 comments on "Meet the Staff - EJ Thomas"

  • Ieda T. Alves on March 3, 2022 1:02 PM said:
    Aloha EJ Thomas. Agradeço por seu belo trabalho junto a esse maravilhoso grupo Crimson Circle. Grande abraço!

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