February 22, 2003


Hawaii - "The Aloha State"

Jen: "...a beautiful group of islands, populated by warm and beautiful people. The diversity of cultures (Hawaiian, Philipino, Japanese, Portuguese, Chinese, Samoan...just to name a few) and geography (from volcanos to desert to rain forest to snow-capped mountain!) are a constant source of amazement and joy. Surfing, snorkeling, paddling, luau's, 'talk story', lilikoi pie...I often miss my former home of 5 years."

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Posted by Lester on February 22, 2003 07:38 AM

Well said Li-Dat Kanaka!

Posted by: Sylvain on February 22, 2003 04:41 PM

I've lived in Hawai'i for 25 years now. In addition to all the physical and cultural attractions found here, there's a ton of history. We have the USS Missouri, upon whose decks the official surrender documents were signed by the Japanese in August of 1945, ending World War II. Not too far away from the Missouri, we have the Arizona Memorial, where WW II began for America. Northeast of Pearl Harbor, one finds the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, where many of the unknown dead from WW II, Korea and Vietnam are buried.

In the center of Honolulu, one finds 'Iolani Palace, the only royal palace in the United States. Just down the road a piece are the Mission Houses, three meticulously restored buildings from the 19th century missionary period in Hawai'i. If you tire of historical buildings and sites, you can head to the North Shore to see the Banzai Pipeline, perhaps stopping for a shave ice along the way.

Lucky you live Hawai'i is a well-worn phrase, but it's true, it's true!

Posted by: Linkmeister on February 22, 2003 05:32 PM

Every day is filled with sights and scenery so amazing as to leave me in "chicken skin" (goosebumps).

When you sneeze, strangers say "bless you". If you get caught in the rain, someone will offer to share their umbrella.

Posted by: lisa on February 22, 2003 08:57 PM

Hawaii is a state of unquestionable beauty. Whenever I tell someone I live in Hawaii they can't believe it as they think that Hawaii has tourist. I have only lived here 5 years and I am absolutley in love with the state and plan on never leaving. Gas may cost a little more and Milk may be $5.00 a gallon but I call it the beauty tax. The cost of living in paraside is not as bad as some think. After all we have Walmart and K-Mart :) but just waking up every day and looking out the window I just have to pinch myself. The drive to work on H3 from Honolulu to Kalihi makes ones day start of great.

Posted by: Geek on February 23, 2003 11:13 PM