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February 14, 2013

Think About It: Friends in HI Places

In a bit of psychobabble, a friend of mine used to say "wherever you go, there you are". Trite, cute, but perhaps prophetic when you think about those words. As an Oahu resident, I also cherish the times when I get to travel intra-island and experience things over "there". I have traveled to the island of Hawaii a few times in a short window of time, and I always enjoy the friendliness, straightforwardness, and integrity of the people I come in contact with- in all parts of the island, from Hilo to Waimea through Waikoloa and down to Kailua-Kona.

Now that's not to say that we don't have a lot of people with those same, endearing qualities on O'ahu, but perhaps just getting away sometimes makes us appreciate the unique aspects of other places and other people- even right here in our great state. Maui, Kauai, Lanai, Molokai- each island has a different charm, a different look and feel, a different persona. From vast and stark reminders of lava flows to lush tropical forests to quaint cities to simply good people, the unique flavor of each island is probably greater throughout Hawaii than in many places around this country simply due to the effects of being separated by water. Traveling for hours in Hawaii normally means an airport excursion, whereas in most places it simply means cranking up the car radio on the freeway.

So I say mahalo to my friends on Hawaii Island and elsewhere on the Neighbor Islands, and do hope that you feel the same way when you come to visit us here on O'ahu. It's great to still getting excited about excursions to the neighboring land masses of Hawai'i after all these years; it's a real testament to the special nature of our people and our way of life, there to be enjoyed by all. Think about it…

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