Prelude to Aloha

pineappleAs I sit in my hotel room, minutes away from LAX, I can’t help but have butterflies in my stomach.

Tomorrow, I begin my journey to Hawaii. I have wanted to see Hawaii for as long as I can remember. And for good reason. One look at the postcard-esque sandy white beaches and azure ocean and there’s only one word that comes to mind – paradise. (Heck, the inclination to start drinking mai-tais out of a pineapple grow more persistent by the minute.)

But as I get closer to my arrival to Oahu, I start to think past the shiny veneer of all the tourist ads. Anyone who knows me knows that the typical tourist attractions do not really draw much of my attention. No, I am more the type to want to wander the road less traveled (not to get too Robert Frost on you).  I want to see culture in the raw. So while, yes, I’ll be doing some of the ordinary tourist things, my goal is to move past that. I want to be able to see and feel the spirit of aloha. I found a quote in my research that come back to me every so often.

“Aloha is to learn what is not said, to see what cannot be seen & to know the unknowable.”
Queen Lili’uokalani

It speaks to the path that I’m currently traveling. While I don’t know if my dreams will come true I hope that me taking the time to even attempt what quote describes…well maybe I’ll come closer to what I’m meant to do.

Maui

And who knows, maybe I’ll learn a little hula along the way. Until next time, mahalo!

Pictures courtesy of Pixabay

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