I have spoken so much of Hawaii over the years, that I felt it was time to dedicate a post to one of my favorite places on earth.
I heard it said once that Hawaii will take your heart and never let it go. Oh, how true that is! If you can fall in love with a place, then I would have to admit that I fell in love with Hawaii.
I was fortunate enough to have lived in this enchanting place for 2 1/2 years. Seldom a day went by that I didn’t pause to appreciate the breath-taking beauty of these islands. As I would drive along the Windward coast, there were moments I just had to stop and take in the awe-inspiring views from the Pali lookout or dip my toes into the warmth of the gentle waters on Kailua Beach.
Almost every time I rounded the bend into Kaneohe, tingles would course through my spine as I looked at the vista of a stunning clear ocean, graceful mountains and glorious sky spread out before me.
But it is not just the captivating scenery that surrounds you, for there are many beautiful places on this earth. It is the magic of Aloha that envelopes you. It radiates from the smiles of the Hawaiian people, from the gentle dance of the hula, the power of an ocean wave, the wind washing down the Koolau mountains, a rainbow after a passing rainstorm, a shower of flowers as the breeze shakes the branches of the plumeria tree, and the “mana” of the ancient gods felt in the powerful chants. It’s almost as if the islands are imbued with a spirit that whispers to you. Standing on the Pali, Aloha is carried in the very breath of the wind.
But to explain Hawaii in words is useless. It must be felt to be understood. One must feel the cool ocean breeze on a hot day, smell the sweet scent of the leis, be wrapped in the healing waters of an aqua-colored ocean, and feel the aloha of laughter and beauty. It can be explained in no other way.
I end my post with a video of Hawaii. It contains my favorite Hawaiian song “These Islands” by Danny Couch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GeUH787WMk Listening to this song still gives me chills. There is tenderness, love, and magic in the lyrics and the music.
And that is the real meaning of the word Aloha…love. I can think of no better term to describe Hawaii than as being wrapped in the very spirit of love.
Aloha oe my Hawaii and until we meet again…