How do survive life outside of Hawaii

Oct 12th, 2005, 02:30 PM
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Makua is more commonly known as Tunnels. It is aobut 15 minutes out of Hanalei just before Haena Beach Park. Great for swimming and snorkeling in the summer.

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Oct 12th, 2005, 03:59 PM
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aahhlohhhaaa... this question is right up my alley.

Fresh flowers in the house at all times, esp orchids and tropicals whenever I can find them. I found 2 red anthirium plants and they are thriving inside... had them on the deck all summer.

Hawaiian music playing in the home office continually.

Fav Kauai & Oahu photos rotate as desktop on the computer, are framed all over the house, and on the fridge, pretty much EVERYWHERE!

Seashells all over the house

Hawaiian fabrics everywhere... tablecloths, curtains... I even wrap Christmas gifts with Hawaiian print fabrics and raffia.

DH ordered an orchid lei from our local florist for me this summer right after I returned from Kauai... we had a special party to attend and he surprised me with it. He asked me how much they cost out of the cooler at the Foodland in Princeville, and when I told him $5.99, he almost fell off his stool... I think he spent a bit more here in the midwest. What a darlin'.

Burn vanilla orchid candles from Kauai.

Use plumeria hand soap and body lotion... also tuberrose... love love love the smells.

Brew Kona coffee... I order 3 lbs about every 4 months... it just feels good calling the islands to order it.

If you can't be there... live aloha wherever you be.
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Oct 12th, 2005, 05:52 PM
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Great thread

Definitely for me it's planning the next trip! We went for the first time in 2004 for our honeymoon to Oahu, Maui, and BI. This past summer we did Oahu and BI. And we have the next 2 summers already earmarked for trips there!! Next summer we are going to Maui, and maybe the BI. Summer 2007 it will be Oahu and Kauai, I think.

I have photos all over the house, and on my computers. I watch "Lost" for the Oahu scenery. I read trip reports here, and on the Knot and Trip Advisor. I peruse all my Hawaii guidebooks for fun. I am looking at Hawaii-related things all the time

I am definitely an addict!
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Oct 12th, 2005, 06:04 PM
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Hawaii is for sure an absolutely wonderful place to visit - preferably for at least two weeks at a time at the bare minimum.

When I first moved there in the '80's, I loved it. After about six months, "rock fever" set in, and even though we made sure we flew to another island at least once every few months, we felt more and more confined. And of course, our extra high cost of living didn't help that "trapped" feeling.

After three years, during which time we had a couple of kids, we decided to sell our house and return to the mainland. Now I appreciate Hawaii alot more when I visit (maybe every other year), but I feel no urge to live there. My grown kids enjoy telling people they were born in Honolulu, though!
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Oct 12th, 2005, 08:08 PM
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You know, we just got back from the mainland. As much as we enjoyed our stay, I was never more glad to be back home here in Hawaii. It is truly a special place.

When I was younger, I thought I could move away. Now, no way.

If I wasn't living here, I think I'd be doing what Makai is. Next best thing....surround yourself with Hawaii.
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Oct 12th, 2005, 09:37 PM
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Well I do a close second to Makai in my apartment.

Huge Hawaiian quilt over fire place area, another framed quilt opposite. ...decorative sun hats in the room supported by some bamboo hat boxes. Island Style Quilt and pillows I bought at liberty house, on zee bed.

A number for perfect days on Kauai I photographed and enlarged (POLIHALE). On the same shelf I have a clock that shows NY, London and Hawaii time. 3 shells I took from Kauai house porch sit on top of it. Oh and then I have what looks like an alter to Hawaii. Friends laughingly called it that. A lot of photos from trips in one of those frames that holds 12 pictures plus, adorned with kokua nut leis and view finders from each island.
Friend brought back a candle stick holder from Africa,,,thinks that is what pushed me into the alter phase
Yeah I am a wreck!!!

Do the dishes in my house and say hello to King Kalekau, Queen Lilioukolani (sp), Queen Elizabeth and other notables chowing down at a lua. OLD FRAMED PHOTO

In the bathroom you are in Waikiki 1912 if you look to the left. If you look to the right you can see diamond head on the show curtain.

Thinking about giving away what started it all, The giant photo of lava flowing at kilawea.

My newest purchase? A 7 gods figurine from lidos, on the top of my computer.

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Oct 13th, 2005, 06:03 AM
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Oct 13th, 2005, 06:48 AM
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Makai I use the pikaki hand soap I gave the plumeria soap to other friend that misses Hawaii.

How do you get those smiley faces to show their teeth? LOL
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Oct 13th, 2005, 07:09 AM
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Well you could live half-way round the world like us….we live in London and find it really difficult adjusting back to live ( and autumn/fall...) here…having returned from a wonderful holiday/vacation at the end of September… it was our second trip and we visited three islands ….and are not sure that we can ever afford to go back, although desperately wanting to! So even if you live on the East Coast of the U.S. , I envy you being able to get back to Hawaii without crossing two ocean….still, we don't regret going! Who knows…one day…maybe we will be back… meanwhile we'll keep watching magnum p.i. and try and get lovely tropical flowers once in a while ( not cheap here!) ….one treating ourselves with 100% Kona Coffee from Hilo Farmer's Market on special weekends….to make it last…… well I would never feel this way about Paris…..(maybe because Paris is only a few hours away)
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Oct 13th, 2005, 07:19 AM
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aloha Sarah, for teeth... for wonderful quality Kona coffee. It's more fun to call though... 800.288.1542. Their Peaberry is scrumptous! Prices include S&H & they'll send coupons w/ your order.

Also, DH has order flowers sent from Hawaii for my birthday... best gift a guy could think of for an island girl like me. or 800.848.8461
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oops... semi-colonD
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Oct 13th, 2005, 07:27 AM
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note: The Hana Fantasy Co. changed their url to

Their blooms were beautiful and lasted almost 3 weeks. Heaven!
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