aloha every day

aloha every day

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Mele Kalikimaka

Here we are...
Christmas Eve...
I jumped on blogger this morning to write a Merry Christmas entry...
...but I find myself reminiscing holidays in the islands.

Reminiscing, or missing?
Missing resides in the heart of reminiscing, I believe.
However, sadness does not need to live there, too.

So on this Christmas Eve, I am striving to turn my back on sadness; to focus only on the joy that island living brought to my life.  Perhaps I'll list the elements of Hawai'i that can still live with me.

But first, here's holidays in the islands:
Winter swells on the N. Shore...not to surf, but to watch!

We used to decorate our apartment with snowflake lights and imagine it was cold outside.  Sometimes it was Hawaii's version of cold: 79 degrees...burrrr!

Christmas break always gave us time to take our favorite places like the one pictured above!  

Christmas was a great time to start whale watching.  Although not yet the height of whale season, we would typically have a few sightings.

 My friend Kate always had the best holiday parties in her north shore backyard.

Here's how we would celebrate!

Reminiscing...missing...releasing what is no longer my reality...grasping my new life...that's my goal on this Christmas.

Mele Kalikimaka