I try to keep my blog topics "light"--you know, sewing, kids, the fun and not-so-fun day to day, but sometimes I feel like writing something a little more meaningful. Ryan and I are taking the kiddies home to Hawaii next week to visit family. It's been over 2 years since we left Hawaii to move to Utah, so, a much-needed trip. Our visit will be about 10 days long, and filled with visits to family and friends we haven't seen, eating food we really miss, our favorite beaches, of course, and then I'm sure it will all be over in a blink.
I expect this trip home will be really different than those I've taken when I was a student here in Utah, or even when we were kids in California and took a couple trips back to Hawaii. I think mostly because I've changed a lot since I've been here: I have done most of my "raising kids" so far here, the past 2 years, the bulk of our marriage has been spent here (we've only been married 3.5 years), and I think also I've just become more, hmmm, aware of people and--let's not say cynical--about the world...in a good way...uhh, I'm less naive now than when I left Hawaii 2 years ago. (There, that's a positive way of putting it!)
Growing up for 7 years in California, going to college in Utah, and travels in between, I've had lots of opportunities to share with people what little bit of Hawaii I could. I've danced hula, shared cultural insights, lists of the best beaches/hotels/islands, shown photos, shared Hawaiian music with people, food, etc., when others were interested. I always kind of felt like I was sharing a plastic version of Hawaii when people asked me to. Deep down inside, I've always had a difficult time discussing the Hawaii they would visit and leave behind...and had little opportunity (listening ear) to describe the real Hawaii, other than the generic answer to the question, "Why did you leave Hawaii?"
"Oh, because, it's so expensive and crowded."
There's so much more to Hawaii than most people know, even more deep and beautiful than the touristy one. Here's something to get you started:
So, after watching that, do you feel differently about Hawaii? Please leave a comment and let me know your feelings.