It’s Different Out Here

Aloha!

For all of you who are snowed in, like my sister near Chicago (Hi Marcia!) I give you this:

Steve Simpson at Goodby, Silverstein and Partners created an ad for Norwegian Cruise Lines, which sails to Hawaii… stay with it…it’s all here, every word true of the Hawaiian Islands.

Beyond the horizon

Beyond heavy woolens

Beyond the hurry

Beyond the nightly news

Beyond the snow

Beyond the dayindayout

Beyond the Saltspray (and the idea beneath)

Beyond the gossip of seagulls

Beyond your regular stock of adjectives

Beyond work, beyond the routine spasm

Beyond the need to explain

Beyond the assumptions that keep you warm

Beyond asphalt

Beyond the northern front of cold Canadian air

Beyond the idea that you have of a fish and a fish has of you

Beyond the equator

Beyond speech

Beyond the trigonometry of the most meticulous mapmaker

Beyond the grottoes of the sea

Beyond the gull’s flight lines

Beyond the wind

Beyond tomorrow and today and yesterday

Beyond the ideologies of the left, or the right

Beyond the looking glass

Beyond where the sleet falls into uncovered souls

Beyond the ordinary everyday vocabulary of 400 words

Beyond talk show hosts who hate you

Beyond “See America first”

Beyond the wave flipping it’s hair forward to dry

Beyond your property line

Beyond the molecules normally thought to compose you

Beyond any hope you’re still reading this

Beyond the one white, single – spaced page of your resume

Beyond all memorized access codes…

Beyond “beyond”

Beyond the advertised attractions

Beyond the identity you put on with your good clothes

Beyond the laws of the land

Beyond a decent rate of return in the mutual fund of Memory

Beyond ambition

Beyond anything the present 353 words can say…

Beyond all that.

It’s different out here.

Norweigian Cruise Line says: “Seven days. Four islands. Two overnight stays. One award winning itinerary – which only Norwegian offers. With the most time in port – nearly 100 hours – you can capture the spirit and soul of Hawaii. And since Norwegian sails roundtrip from Honolulu year-round, you can vacation on your schedule.”

http://www.ncl.com/cruise-destination/hawaii/overview

Why not?…can change everything.

Please stay warm! And never stop dreaming…

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Aloha, Jamaica

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Maui Voted Best Island

Aloha,
If you’re in the winter doldrums and need a pick-me-up (or a reason to dream), here is a link to some of the most fabulous photos of Maui that I’ve seen. The baby and Mama whale tales? Have never seen this shot captured before…

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/15/maui-best-island_n_4102707.html

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And then of course, the article is pointing out that Conde Nast Traveler readers have voted Maui the #1 island in the WORLD for twenty years straight! These pictures say it all.

Come see us! Mike (“Captain Turk”) will be happy to take you out on a whale-watching tour on the Scotch Mist out of Lahaina Harbor. I hear he’s quite entertaining…and can regale you with legendary surfing stories, or talk about the time the huge surf took out all the houses on the beach on Oahu’s North Shore and his whole neighborhood had to evacuate (these same houses are being threatened again at this very moment from high surf. Such is the price of beachfront property).

Maui…no kai oi! (Maui is the BEST!)

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Where is the Cabana Boy?

Aloha!

When you live on Maui, an odd thing happens: you never go on vacation. Having grown up in Hawaii, Mike just has a really, really hard time spending money for a hotel, when we already live in “Paradise.” And we are probably just like you, in that if we stay home, all we do is work! I am currently on a writing deadline, so I thought I’d share with you the thing I wish I could say right now:

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But obviously, I can’t complain! It’s warm, the sun is out, and even though I am chained to my desk right now, I am well aware, every single day, of where I live. So here’s what I really need to say:

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I hope you have found your Paradise, too.

“It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation, which give happiness.”
– Thomas Jefferson

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You Know You Live in Hawaii When…

Aloha!

You know you live in Hawaii when…

It’s warm enough to swim in the ocean every single day. (But beware: by the third year your blood has thinned and you don’t think that anymore…in the same way you look for a jacket if it dips below 70 degrees).

You know what Saimin, Shoyu and go-aheads are (noodle dish, soy sauce and rubbah slippahs).

You have never seen so many feral cats in your life.

It seems that every single dog up for adoption at the Humane Society is a Pitbull.

About the time you get really attached to a new restaurant, it’s already out of business.

Chickens live at the beach.

It’s too hot to turn the oven on to make a turkey on Thanksgiving, so you dig an imu pit in the backyard.

There’s a cockroach floating in the chicken soup you’re making…and you only turned your back for a second!

You know what apple bananas are. And now you won’t eat the other kind.

Your turn…what says “Hawaii” to you? Please share!

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Aloha, Jamaica

Hawaii vs. Chicago Winter Humor

Aloha!

Just sharing a little winter humor…I grew up just outside Chicago, so I GET it. What about you? (With thanks to Linda Koukis. Edited for Hawaii…)

THE WINDY CITY TEMPERATURE CONVERSION CHART
70° F: People in Hawaii shiver uncontrollably; people in Chicago are still sunbathing.
60° F: Hawaiians wish they had furnaces; people in Chicago go swimming.
50° F Hawaiians don coats, thermal underwear, gloves and wool hats; people in Chicago throw on a light jacket.
40° F: All the plants in Hawaii die; Chicagoans plant gardens.
20° F: Hawaiian’s cars won’t start; people in Chicago drive with the windows down.
15° F: People in Chicago have the last cookout before it gets cold.
0° F: All the people in Hawaii have frostbite. Chicagoans close the windows.
10° below zero: Hawaiians move en masse to Las Vegas. The Girl Scouts in Chicago are selling cookies door to door.
25° below zero: Hawaii evaporates; people in Chicago get out their winter coats.
40° below zero: Washington, DC runs out of hot air; people in Chicago finally let the dog sleep indoors.
100° below zero: Santa Claus abandons the North Pole. Chicagoans get frustrated because they can’t start ‘DA car.’
460° below zero: All atomic motion stops (absolute zero on the Kelvin scale); people in Chicago start saying, ‘cold ’nuff for ya?’
500° below zero: Hell freezes over. The Cubs win the World Series.

Keep smiling! (And stay warm).
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Mahalo for reading along!

Aloha, Jamaica

Michelle Obama Visits Oprah on Maui

Aloha!
Just in case you haven’t heard –because you haven’t dug out from under that snowdrift yet– Michelle Obama is visiting Oprah Winfrey on Maui.

I love how the news sources get it wrong. Breitbart.com said that Mrs. Obama was partying at “Oprah’s Maui Beach House.” And yet Oprah’s house is nowhere near the beach. It is a ranch. A ranch on the side of Haleakala Mountain. Oprah can see the water, yes, but she is not at the beach. (See this blog’s Post “Where Does Oprah Live on Maui?” Nov.25, 2012.)

The news first hit here on Maui because a man trying to take his normal bike route near Oprah’s house was blocked by Secret Service agents and alerted The Maui News. (http://www.mauinews.com)

White House reports indicate the First Lady stayed behind this week in Hawaii to chill out with friends before her 50th birthday. Sources with direct knowledge tell TheDC that the First Lady is relaxing in Maui at Oprah’s estate with CBS’ Gayle King, Valerie Jarrett and Sharon Malone, who is Attorney General Eric Holder’s wife.

“Yesterday, we saw bomb-sniffing dogs and Maui police in the bushes,” Heather Long, the manager of nearby Grandma’s Coffeehouse, told The Dailey Caller. “We’re very close to Oprah’s property. They’ll probably walk up and down the road.”

Winfrey stops by the coffee shop regularly, but employees “try to not to make it a big deal,” Long said.

http://www.Oprah.com says this of the Hawaii home:

Once an ordinary little gray ranch that Oprah saw “for less than 10 minutes” and considered a tear-down, Oprah’s Hawaiian home has been transformed into the perfect 21st-century farmhouse, with great pieces of folk art, beautifully embroidered curtains, comfortable furniture, and inviting colors:

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Michelle Obama’s extended stay is reportedly part of a birthday gift from the President. The Obama daughters headed home to Washington. A birthday weekend without the children…sounds like Mrs. Obama needed some R&R.

And what better place to get it than here on Maui, land of plumeria breezes and sunsets that make you feel like you’re at the center of the earth?

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Aloha, Jamaica

The Real Reason I Live on Maui

Aloha!
So here it is, the REAL reason, above all others, that I live on Maui. My sister, who still lives where I grew up in Indiana (and teaches at our same junior high), sent this to me this morning. My teeth chatter just thinking about it:

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To all of you in the Midwest and on the East Coast battling this type of weather, please stay warm, and stay safe on the roads out there.

Have a cup of hot chocolate and think of me…I will soon be deluged with letters from people asking me questions on “How to Move to Maui.” (See FAQ’s on Moving to Maui).

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Aloha, Jamaica