A young keiki, age 9, on her first trip to Hawaii!

keikiMy first trip to Hawaii was when I was only nine years old and in Grade 4. I remember the feeling I had that Christmas as I unwrapped a travel suitcase for my Cabbage Patch Kid, Erica, to take along on the trip. Our vacation was to begin on January 9, 1985 and the excitement was mounting by the holiday season.

I chose this picture as my first to display my young age and eagerness. Taken in our hotel room at The Beachcomber in Waikiki, the year it was renovated, this is how I most remember myself at the time. The grass shirt and bikini top came straight from my adored Hilo Hatties, of course. Sadly, my Mom had sunstroke for most of our stay in Oahu that year but was much better by the time we had flown on to Hawaii and Maui.

My first memories of Paradise (Hawaiian style) are full of Tiny Bubbles (the song, not the bubbly, I was 9, remember!), working the mic on the way to our Luau at Paradise Cove, trying not to get a mouthful of fish in the waves of Kaanapali, “mooing” at the cows at Parker Ranch on the Big Island and squealing with delight every time a red Ferrari drove by in hopes it was Magnum!

Aloha has lived inside of me since that trip and although I have been back to visit I never feel so complete as when I am there.

E Komo Mai!

Aloha and e komo mai!

I have started this blog as an outlet for my love of the Hawaiian Islands. Being that I live in Canada and spend entirely too much time thinking and talking about Hawaii, I thought this might be a good place to write my memories and thoughts down.

The name “A Hui Hou Hawaii” means “Until We Meet Again, Hawaii” in the Hawaiian language. I always look forward to my return to the Hawaiian Islands.

My first trip was back in January 1985 when I was nine years old and this would be the vacation that would beckon me back for 20 years. More on that to come.

I was then fortunate enough to visit Hawaii for a second time on my honeymoon in the fall of 2005. My last hawaiian adventure was just last year, February 2008.

Hopefully, I will not have to wait too long before I am smelling the sweet, pungent aroma of plumerias again. Until then, I will continue to live aloha in my own little ways.

Mahalo for visiting my blog and much aloha to you all!