10 years ago today I got on a plane and made my way from Philadelphia to Honolulu. I never had Hawaii on my radar as a place to live. I have always been the city girl. Give me tall buildings, the roar of the traffic, a coffee shop on the corner, and some exposed brick in my apartment and I am good to go. I loved going down the shore for vacation, but as a permanent residence…never gave it a thought.
Last year I wrote a blog post about how I decided to make the move here, so I won’t go into that now. You can go back and take a look at it if you want to. Today, I want to just talk about my love for Hawaii and how happy I am to be here. It really is the right place for me, God knew what he was doing when He put the thought in my head.
I was fortunate enough to have a job waiting for me at The Cheesecake Factory in Waikiki, I just needed a place to live and settle in. I remember my first morning here. I got in late on a Friday night, so I just went to sleep and woke up the next morning ready to go. I walked all around Waikiki and saw all the places I had seen on the map. I ended up in a park that was having a health fair and giving away free shave ice. I stood in line and got a small rainbow cone and made my way over to a park bench to watch the waves. I called my sister and told her I was home. She told me I was crazy; I hadn’t even been there for 24 hours. I told her it didn’t matter…I knew.
48 hours after I got on the plane I walked into Hope Chapel Waikiki and my destiny was set. I knew I wanted to get back into church. I had been away for a long time, and it was a good place to meet some nice people. I was greeted right away and introduced to some people. This was the group that has become my core, my Hawaii family. I can’t imagine not knowing these people, at the age of 42 I finally met the love of my life.
I have lived a lot of places in my life and met a lot of people. Other than my family, there have only been two sets of people that I have been close to, my youth group peeps of my teens and early twenties and my Hawaii crowd. I am a social butterfly, but normally I don’t get close, I am close to these people. I have found my place in this world, and I don’t plan on leaving. In fact, I have not been on a plane since I got here. I never felt “island fever”, so I haven’t felt the need to go anywhere, LOL.
I love this island. I love to cruise around, stop to go swim and get a shave ice after a plate lunch. I love hanging out with friends playing music and having a few beers with something to nibble on. Yes, food is a big thing here and the food is great. I am not that adventurous when it comes to trying new things, but I do have a few island favorites. Never in a million years did I think I would eat spam, but I love musubi. I eat rice for breakfast with eggs and Portuguese sausage. My all-time favorite thing is Loco Moco. It’s rice with a hamburger patty with brown gravy all over with an egg on top and a side of macaroni salad. Whenever I try a new place to eat it’s my go to.
There are so many things I could say in my love letter about Hawaii, but the post would be too long. Just know this, I sometimes look around and feel like I have been here all my life and then there are times I look around and I can’t believe I get to live in Hawaii. It is a strange combination of feeling like a long time local but with all the surprise and wonder of being a newbie. I wouldn’t have it any other way…ALOHA