To begin my posts about Hawaii I thought I would tell you a little about my history with the islands. Why would you want to hear what I have to say about Hawaii versus all the other guides and information out there? Well…it’s all about the aloha.
One of the meanings of aloha is love and that is what permeates all my thoughts on Hawaii. When I am in such a special place it is hard not to love myself and everyone around. If love is the highest expression of our humanity, it is given all it needs to thrive in these islands. When people talk about the spirit of Aloha they are talking about the spirit of the Hawaiian people and their gentle welcoming ways. Aloha is also a greeting, both hello and goodbye. By way of personal history, my mother is part Hawaiian, so Hawaii is in my blood in more ways than one. While having family in the islands certainly makes it easy for me to feel like I’m coming home every time I go, this feeling is shared by many non – Hawaiians. The peaceful beauty, the music of nature, the healing colorful waters, the fragrant blooms – if this isn’t what home feels like to you, I think it should be.
I wasn’t quite lucky enough to be able to grow up in Hawaii, most of my younger years were spent in San Diego, CA. Not bad, I know, but Hawaii takes California’s beauty, surf and relaxed attitude to a height unattainable outside of the most isolated island chain on earth. But after a particularly difficult time in my twenties, and after having spent time living outside the U.S., in NYC and traveling all over, I came back to the place that has always called my spirit in a very special way. Coming back to Hawaii with the intent to make it my permanent home was among the best decisions I have ever made. The islands truly did heal me. I spent months in the beginning just visiting all the islands, finding unique and nearly undiscovered locations and connecting with family and my mother’s culture. My earlier visits and being taught about the culture from another point on the globe was important to my understanding of Hawaii, but nothing taught me about that part of my heritage the way living among the people and basking in the land (aina in Hawaiian)could do.
I am confident that no matter how much information you accumulate or how many plans you make (even if I made them for you), Hawaii will surprise you with unexpected gifts that lure you off task and into sweet adventures. But it does help to have a path to start out on and someone local and in love with the place to show you around. So allow me to share a few of the finer aspects of these glorious islands with you. And I hope that you discover as I always have, that you cannot imagine all this beauty not having been created by an intelligent designer and thank God.