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Second Chance Love

A Never-ending Love
Dedicated to my husband Peter

Submitted by Evelyn

It was quite long ago, twenty years to be exact, but in my mind's eye I can still see my young self standing on the deck of the S.S. Sagafjord, leaning over the railing, scanning the distant horizon. My excitement crescendos as the outline of a lovely green island appears through the early morning mist. Soon the ship will dock in Lahaina harbor and I will disembark to spend three blissful days on the beautiful island of Maui.

After the ten-week orient cruise which has taken me from San Francisco, up the coast to Alaska, and across the Pacific to Japan, Korea and China, I am thrilled to be back in my favorite state once again. It is my second trip to Hawaii. Nine months earlier I spent three wonderful weeks in Honolulu singing the role of Rosina in Rossini's "The Barber of Seville" with Hawaii Opera Theater. This time, along with a tenor, baritone and pianist, I have a job entertaining ship's passengers at teatime or after dinner, with scenes and arias from famous operas and operettas. After a few hours, our ship will leave Maui without me and head for Honolulu. I have asked for and been granted a three day leave.

From Lahaina I taxi to Kaanapali and catch a flight to Hana, where I am joined by a wonderful man, whom I met and fell in love with in Honolulu while singing with the opera. What could be more romantic, I think, than spending three days with him in heavenly Hana?

Maui is idyllic. We swim, ride horses over the Hana hills, play tennis, and stuff ourselves at a luau. I even take a hula lesson and learn a few Hawaiian words. We relish the natural beauty of this lush tropical paradise. After three days, I fly to Honolulu where I catch up with the ship that is heading back to Los Angeles. Sad to say, I never see the man again. Our love affair is over, but my love affair with Hawaii continues up to the present day.

Several years later, I meet and marry another wonderful man. Though my life with him takes me from New York to Boston, and from there to Vienna, Austria, and Washington, DC, I cannot forget Hawaii. I begin writing a novel, a romantic comedy about a young soprano who goes to Honolulu to sing in "La Traviata" and falls in love. I still read the Hawaiian newspapers online from time to time, and keep up with the latest travel literature. I intend one day to return to my favorite state for a visit. Perhaps, if I am fortunate enough to win the "Love Stories of Hawaii" contest, I will finally have the opportunity to share my never-ending love of Hawaii with my husband, who has never been there, but has had to put up with my never-ending talk about my favorite state all these years.

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