Since we arrived I have been talking to Hawaiian friends online, frequenting small businesses here in Kailua while talking to the owners and other customers, walking or biking around instead of driving, wearing my mask and respecting other requirements for health/safety, visiting the ocean, swimming in the pool at the house we’re staying at and reading about Hawaiian culture and language through such books as
‘Ōlelo No‘eau by Mary Abigail Kawenaʻulaokalaniahiʻiakaikapoliopelekawahineʻaihonuaināleilehuaapele Wiggin Pukui, (April 20, 1895 – May 21, 1986) known affectionately as Tūtū Pukui
One of the things the people of Hawaii really want us visitors to know, is that there is a better way to visit these islands than the way in which most of us historically have; and this is a great article
that goes more into detail on that issue as does this article
on what not
This morning when I woke up there were cotton candy-tinted clouds filling the blue sky outside our window. I rushed out the door half running, half struggling to strap on my sandals, as I did so, without even brushing my teeth or grabbing a coffee - still in my pajamas - to the beach! All to catch a lovely sunrise
. Because like I wrote about a few weeks ago
, I think really appreciating things like a stunning sunrise is just one of the many, many ways to use our dash well and I didn’t want to miss this one.