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Hawaii Trip. Paradise Lost (Or At Least Misplaced)

Hawaii Trip. Paradise Lost (Or At Least Misplaced)

Dec 8th, 2012, 03:44 AM
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Forgot all about this thread - and while I love Hawaii - did appreciate some of the sly/surly humorous lines in ih's review.

So much of what we do is strongly influenced by our outlook - and if you go in dreading something - it will many times turn out that way.

And talk about timeshare hawking - just get down to Cabo San Lucas - where you are engulfed at the airport.

But I used that to good advantage to get essentially - two free days of fishing. I for one don't mind listening to the sales presentations (since I am in Commercial Real Estate - I find the pitches somewhat interesting) and then say - sorry - not for moi. Repeat that about 4 times - a bit more firm each time - and they finally let you out.

As for dining - many times (as I noted above) - I/we love to buy some fresh fish and we might make Mahi Mahi sandwiches for lunch - or my wife will make Sushi/Sashimi - and saute the rest, whatever.

The fruit over in Hawaii is also wonderful - and great to have for breakfast, etc - and there are many local places that make good chow - even if it's not 3 star. Love the various cultures in Hawaii - and they all have something to offer with their cooking. Hey - when driving around and hungry - we even like the Saimin offered at the McDonalds.

As for relaxing, when the trade wind breeze wafts over you - and you have a view of the ocean/surf - and are comfortable ensconced in a lounge chair with a beverage of your choice, perhaps with a few snacks/pu pu's, it doesn't get any better, at least - IMO.
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Dec 8th, 2012, 03:50 AM
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If you haven't read about Saimin/Ramen at Hawaiian McDonalds - it's a good story:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saimin

http://en.rocketnews24.com/2012/03/1...laces-america/
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Jan 29th, 2013, 05:07 PM
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"We ordered some pu pu, which tasted more like ka ka."

LOL! Almost spit my drink out all over the keyboard. Enjoying your TR - thanks!

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Apr 5th, 2014, 07:17 PM
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1 hughes, it's interesting that you "couldn't wait to leave", while I can't wait to go back. Though nothing is booked yet, we're at 11 months, and counting.
I have seen thousands of beautiful sunsets (saw one just tonight, all pink and blue, over miles of lake ice), and yet I still look forward to more, especially Hawaiian ones. I guess I am not a proponent of your "seen one, seen them all" school of thinking.... and I'm glad that I'm not!
Thanks for your opinions and observations. I hope you eventually do find your version of "paradise"..... and please share a bit of it with us, when you do.
It would be nice to hear from you, when your glass is half-full.
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Apr 23rd, 2014, 04:30 AM
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"Thanks for your opinions and observations. I hope you eventually do find your version of "paradise"..... and please share a bit of it with us, when you do.
It would be nice to hear from you, when your glass is half-full."

I've been to paradise many time. It it always gets boring quickly to anyone with an active mind. Slugs on the other hand...
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Apr 24th, 2014, 01:15 PM
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2 words......Research and Kauai!

I have never been bored in Hawaii so I feel very sad for you that you did not enjoy the smell of the ocean, the sun, the palm trees, the tropical breezes, the sand beneath your feet, etc. Yes, it rains but it is tropical. I hope you find a better place to vacation next year. If you go back as you say you are in January. Get yourself a "walking book" and do some walks. You will get to c things you didn't know about. Better luck on your next trip but do the research first.
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Apr 24th, 2014, 01:15 PM
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just realized this post is 2 years old!!!! oops. A bit late to comment......
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Apr 25th, 2014, 07:16 AM
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I've been going back to Hawaii periodically since I lived there for three years in the late 1960's. I always enjoy my trips but I was interested in ihughes impressions until his last post "...anyone with an active mind. Slugs on the other hand...". To me, that line says more about him than the folks he was commenting on.

Hawaii, for me, is a wonderful place to visit but a better place to live. I liked Oahu better back in the day when the pineapple and cane fields spread for miles but I still enjoy it immensely along with the other islands.

My favorite thing about the islands is the people. I have never lived in a more friendly place or one more varied in its population. Tourists often only get the barest hint of the Aloha spirit but when you live there and get to know people, it is a living, breathing fact of daily life.

As I get older and less healthy, I don't know if I'll ever get back but I certainly hope so. Hawaii no ka oi!
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