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Dedicated to Angie and The Land of Aloha
Submitted by Stephen
Her mauka winds sing and her crystal clear waters call as we watch the wintry snow fall. She beckons us to feel the warmth of her sun and experience the aloha spirit of her people. In the past it's been a vacation or perhaps a business trip. This time she's calling us home to stay.
Five years ago I made my first visit to paradise when I had a business trip to Oahu and Maui. My wife had been trying to get me to the islands for years but I fought it. Why you may ask yourself? Had I been dropped on my head at birth? No, nothing quite so simple as a little brain trauma afflicting my senses. My hang-up about visiting the most beautiful place on God's wonderful earth? My wife Angie had been married once before and she and her ex-husband had lived on Oahu where he was stationed in the Marine Corps. How's that for a pitiful excuse for denying myself the pleasures of such heaven on earth, not to mention denying my bride the opportunity to return to a place almost as beautiful as her?
As I said, business brought me to Oahu for the first time five years ago and fortunately, I was able to bring Angie along. Before we had even touched down in Honolulu, I was in a trance. I now had two loves in my life, my beautiful wife and the land of aloha. Since that first life altering experience, I have had the great fortune to be able to return many times and enjoy the offerings of Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island. Each diverse, but each with that same desire to envelope her people with the love and spirit that beckons, "be one with me."
It's time for us to respond to her and be one with her. As the cold winter winds blow outside, the tropical sea breeze gently warms us inside. Now is the time for us to heed her call and abandon the headaches of the mainland for the simple treasures of paradise.
Hawaii calls, we have heard her and we are on our way.