Monday, November 4, 2013

Hawaii 2013

While in Hawaii, the phrase "Aloha Spirit" came to mind and stayed in my consciousness for the duration. It can be described as an embodied Hawaiian trait, an enduring native expression from its past personified by people, both old timers and newcomers alike, who call the "islands" home and is emanated in the form of informal charm, warmth, friendliness and sincerity toward others. Now I can't say that I ever found my "Aloha Spirit", but I do feel that people living in Waikiki and Honolulu, as busy and crowded as these places can be, especially on the roadways, do embody a level warmth and friendliness above most larger cities. Kay and I spent three week in Oahu during the latter half of October, renting an apartment on the 31st floor of the Waikiki Banyan, which is located on the east end of Waikiki near Kapiolani Park and within easy walking distance of shops and eateries, the beach, and the Ala Wai canal. This trip turned out to be all about trying new eateries as well as some old favorites and staying active enough, be it walking, hiking, cycling or snorkeling, to keep up with all the dining out which was all good but with some real winners, to name a few, like Helena's for Hawaiian food, "The Alley", a local diner within the Aiea Bowling alley, and Tenkaippan for ramen. To see my photographs from our trip along with some narrative, click on the link below the picture.
From Hawaii 2013