On our recent trip to Hawaii--a first for me--we found that the people embodied all those qualities. Peaceful and kind, they made us feel welcome. And they don't seem stressed like people on the mainland. They seem to live the sentiment of one of my favorite bumper stickers: "Slow down, this is not the mainland."
No wonder we met so many transplants who went there for a visit and never left.
Crystal blue water, giant waves and brilliant sunsets came to life there, just as they look in the photographs, only better. (I'm sharing my photos with you here.) Our friends (and traveling companions) who have visited Hawaii many times treated us to overlooks, gardens, and out-of-the-way places we would never have found on our own. For us, that's the gem in going somewhere new: spend very little time on the tourist hype and much time on the real place.
The respect shown for those who lost their lives in the attack on Pearl Harbor was chilling and awesome. Just knowing the sailors who went down in the USS Arizona are still there gave me goose bumps.
|At Waimea Bay|
|Chinese New Year|
|View from Diamond Head|
|Fresh shrimp from the food truck|
|From Diamond Head|
So many shores and so little time. I'm glad I got to this one. Hope you do too.
All photos copyright Susan E. Hance