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May 2, 2011

Merry Indeed

When it comes to adjectives describing places, sometimes the word "sleepy" is used in reference to Hilo. Sometimes "rainy" is a word that comes to mind. Well, having just returned from yet another wonderful "Merrie Monarch Festival" experience on the Big Island's eastern side, let me suggest a few other adjectives when describing the town, the environs, and the people. How about "happy", content", "involved", "proud", "determined", " diversified", and "classy".

For while Hilo sometimes seems like a place caught in a time warp, it is a pleasant place, and a pleasant time warp. A wonderful Saturday farmer's market, storefronts that speak to a calmer, quieter times, restaurants that cater to local likes with a bit of contemporary flair. It's all there. And while everyone takes great pride in the annual dance Festival, they also take great pride in their community as a whole, and in their past, and in their high schools, and in their efforts to evolve while maintaining a respect and a feeling of romance for the proud town's past.

Hilo is far more than just a hula festival or a survivor of tsunamis; it has pride beyond its university and its astronomy center, beyond the macadamia nuts, plantation outskirts, nearby volcano, and rainforest zoo. It is a great place to visit and the 2nd largest city in the state, home to about 50,000 residents. So while it may get major exposure with a yearly, phenomenal cultural event celebrating hula and on big wave anniversaries, there really is so much more to this special place located in the Hawaii version of the far east. Think about it...

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