So, About Hawaii

I just returned from a week of post card paradise that took my breath away. (Remember when my hubby won an all-expense paid trip to Maui with his job? Swoon). I sort of hate when people share awesome vacation photos, so this will be short, painless and beautiful:

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Turquoise oceans, miles of brown sugar sand, intimidating black volcanic ruins, and pink swirly sunsets—an artist’s pallet as far as you can see.

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I stepped off the plane and I was greeted with a ring of flowers around my neck and the word, Aloha, a familiar island greeting, but more- an invitation to relax and breath in the wonder around me.

Everywhere we went, stores, restaurants, side-of-the-road fruit stands, I heard the same invitation over and over: aloha. I understood the greeting to mean both hello and goodbye, but I was surprised to learn there is much more behind the word.

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Aloha is the most popular Hawaiian word and even sacred to some. It’s much more than a casual greeting of hello and goodbye, it’s also offering compassion and love; it’s a way of life. It’s a purposing to breathe in the moment and when it’s said to someone else, it’s an invitation to joyfully share life together. An actual translation is “to consciously manifest life joyously in the present.” It is a prime directive.

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And that’s exactly what my husband and I did-from sunrise to sunset- we explored the island, we ignored the clock, we lived in the moment. We lived aloha.

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We breathed in each other and the beauty around us.

Although I sort of stopped breathing when he did this:

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I live a hurried life and I’ve become a master multitasker. I work hard not to waste a second in my busy day and I’m honest enough to admit how difficult it is for me to stop and not clock-watch, to relax and enjoy the journey and not only the destination.

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I don’t know if I’ll ever return to Hawaii (but I’m already dreaming of doing so). I do know that we don’t have to travel across the ocean to paradise to have a bit of it in our regular everyday life.

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I’m home now with sandy piles of laundry and kids I missed terribly. The amazing pineapple we brought home will get eaten, a picture or two will get framed and memories will fade. But I’m determined to keep a little of the island spirit in my heart, to consciously stop and breathe in the moments around me a little more.

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Because that’s the only way to really live.

Aloha.

 


Comments

  1. 1

    says

    This post reminds me that GOOD & DESERVING blessings come to those who do what’s right….just when they need it most.
    I’m so glad you had the opportunity to escape to paradise and that you shared your fun with your readers.

  2. 4

    says

    I have photos of me in my own hula skirt from that age as well! I absolutely love the Hawaiian culture. It’s so beautiful and I never get tired of learning about it….or visiting! It’s been too long. Although moving to Europe in November I suppose won’t help things. :-)

  3. 5

    says

    I’m so happy you were able to enjoy this amazing trip. I love the stories and the pics..thanks for sharing them with us. : )

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    Ashleigh says

    This brought tears to my eyes. I’m so thankful you were able to experience this and had a wonderful time with your husband!

  5. 8

    says

    Sorry to miss you while you were here … but then again it’s probably good. It’s your time with your family and time for you to enjoy without being “stalked” by a blogger fan – :) :) :)

    Thanks for the post – yes, aloha is a way of life. It what makes life in Hawaii beautiful inspite of the high cost of living. Aloha living and awesome nature (beauitful sunrises, beaches, sunsets, etc) – yeah, we can’t complain..

    I hope you and your family can come back again soon.

    Aloha,
    Liza

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    Angela says

    I love reading your blog. I don’t want to be a negative comment person but the picture of your daughter makes me a bit uncomfortable. I would hate for it to fall into the wrong hands since the internet is forever. You may want to consider taking it down.

    • 9.1

      Pam says

      I too mean nothing critical, but it made me uncomfortable too. In the hands of a pedophile, it would turn from cute to tragic. It’s more a photo for the family album only. I love you dearly and hope you don’t feel offended.

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        kristen says

        Thanks y’all for the encouragement to remove the photos. I didn’t even think about that. Sad world :/

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