Five or so hours on a plane from northern California and there they are: the Hawaiian islands. It was 1959 when Hawaiians voted by a wide majority to make Hawaii our 50th state. I was too young to remember it, but it happened in my lifetime and I don’t think anyone would disagree that Hawaii is the most unique of our 50 states.
Hawaiians have a laid back attitude about life.
There’s a huge misconception that Californians are laid back–I don’t see that here at all. We’re certainly a live-and-let-live state (for the most part) but in terms of being a relaxing and carefree place to live, Hawaii has us beat, bigtime. There’s something about the warm, moist climate driven by the warm, gentle trade winds, ocean as far as you can see. Native Hawaiians are Polynesian and that culture seems to be kinder and gentler. Aloha means hello and goodbye, but it’s also a lifestyle that’s full of peace, calm and love. Aloha!
Hawaiian language is poetic
There are only 13 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet. Every single word–each one– ends in a vowel. Street names aren’t the standard haole names, such as Main, Oak, Webster. They’re Kuuli Pu Place, Wailea Drive, Malukai St and even Hoohalahala Street. Say them aloud and enjoy the beautiful sound of the language. Hawaiian vocabulary is part of the school curriculum, as are ancient Hawaiian art, lifestyle and history.
Hawaiian culture is different and fascinating
Keeping Hawaiian history and culture alive through the generations is important, and probably easier because the state is so far removed from the mainland. Visitors come to enjoy the Polynesian dances, music and other aspects of the culture that natives are willing to share with visitors.
The fruit is magical.
Have you ever eaten a pineapple in Hawaii? It’s a sublime experience. Bananas come in different types, including a small one that tastes definitely citrusy. Yes, Hawaiian fruits can be an adventure in themselves!
Hawaii has volcanoes.
Mauna Loa on the Big Island is one of the biggest in the world. Visiting Haleakala is like walking on the moon. It’s an exotic place, Hawaii.
I’m super lucky because I have a wonderful girlfriend who shares her beautiful home with us from time to time. The thing about Hawaii, though, is that it’s so seductive that I never want to leave.
Have you been?