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A Wondrous Walk Through Hilton Waikoloa Village

Updated on April 7, 2013

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Entrance to the Waikoloa Beach Resort
Entrance to the Waikoloa Beach Resort | Source

Living a Dream on Hawai'i's Youngest Isle

Within a two week span beginning March 19 and ending April 2, 2013, I had the privilege of walking through three different states--my present resident state of Washington; my neighboring state to the south, Oregon; and my island state of origin, Hawai'i.

This article is a summary of the events that enabled me to be in the Pacific Northwest one day and flirting with the Pacific Ocean tradewinds by sunset the very next day. The photographs are a compilation of two early morning walks on the western part of the Big Island that were more about sermons indelibly etched into my soul than mere physical exercise. Somewhere in the middle of these media complements, I hope to convey to you the awesome joy and gratitude that enveloped me like the fragrance of gardenia in the menthol crisp of volcanic island splendor.

Come along with me now as I retrace my memorable meandering through a veritable oasis in the midst of hundreds of square miles of lava fields.

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Lava Field
Lava Field

A Closer Look

Looking Like a Moonscape
Looking Like a Moonscape
Juxtaposition of Man's Litter and Natural Backdrop
Juxtaposition of Man's Litter and Natural Backdrop
Lava Rock is Porous
Lava Rock is Porous

How Are Wheat And Lava Similar? And How Did I Get Here in the First Place?

In Washington and Oregon, there are places where one can literally stand and be surrounded in every direction by nothing but wheat fields.

Similarly, in some areas of the Big Island, miles and miles of lava rock encompass you in every direction.

Just as one warms up into an early morning walk, I wanted your senses to start off at an easy pace and take in the natural setting of the land before we revel in what man can do in even the most arid and bedrock of environments.

And while we're taking it nice and slow, and our breathing adjusts to the increased demand on our cardiovascular system, allow me to share with you how I got to be here in the first place.

Several months ago, my sister on Kaua'i suggested that we celebrate our mother's 80th birthday with a family reunion. We have another sister on the Big Island whom I hadn't seen for about 15 years, so we discussed the possibility of everyone meeting there instead of on Kaua'i. I'd been to the Volcano Isle only twice before, the last time as a 19-year-old, so I was 41 years overdue for another visit.

My wife, unfortunately, could not make the trip due to her work schedule, but she lovingly gave me her blessing to be there for Mom's special occasion. My better half had recently lost both of her parents, and she was very sensitive to the notion that we just never know at what hour our designated bells toll. I love and appreciate my wife for being so understanding.

My sister and her retired husband are blessed with a sweet combination of frugality and hard-earned affluence. She assured me that they would simply ask the resort hotel for a roll away bed for me, and I could share a room with them and my niece, her significant other, and their baby.

With that issue resolved, all I had to do was come up with airfare.

Through a combination of miles earned with an Alaska Airlines Signature Visa Card and the balance of miles purchased from my wife's card, my round trip plus baggage fare came to an amazing $255. This indeed was a far cry from the ballpark $1000 airfare I would otherwise have had to come up with.

Long story short, some of my eBay earnings for the month paid for my trip to and from Paradise. (If this doesn't make you perk up and pay attention to my eBay niche hubs, nothing else will!)

And that's how I got there!

SOME OF THE CLASSIC ART PIECES THAT GRACE THE HILTON WAIKOLOA VILLAGE (Hawaiian Odysseus Photos)

8-Foot Tall Vase
8-Foot Tall Vase
Hula Dancers
Hula Dancers
Surreal Equestrian Statue
Surreal Equestrian Statue
Asian  Statue
Asian Statue
Tapa Cloth
Tapa Cloth
Definition of Tapa Cloth
Definition of Tapa Cloth
Polynesian Tiki Figure
Polynesian Tiki Figure
Lifesize Dolphin Statue
Lifesize Dolphin Statue
Bronze Life-Size Statue
Bronze Life-Size Statue
Bronze Team of Horses
Bronze Team of Horses
Turtle Statue
Turtle Statue
Equestrian Guardians of the Bridge
Equestrian Guardians of the Bridge
Year of the Pig Statue
Year of the Pig Statue
Beautiful Blue & White Statue
Beautiful Blue & White Statue
The Three (Hawaiian) Graces
The Three (Hawaiian) Graces
A Sign Amidst Crotons
A Sign Amidst Crotons

A Moment of Reflection

The Hilton Waikoloa Village is a major hotel unit that comprises a good deal of the total real estate of the Waikoloa Village Resort. It is located at the furthest point from the entrance, approximately two miles in, following a slightly winding road that takes you past two major shopping centers, a huge lake, the Seven Pools of Waikoloa (gorgeous man-made waterfalls), condominiums, hotels, a golf course, a large parking lot, recreational and scenic walkways, and several species of abundant flora and foliage.

An energetic and enthusiastic group of handsome young men dressed in fancy aloha shirts and long shorts greet you and help unload your vehicle. A bellhop comes by with a large cart to whisk your luggage to your room(s).

In the lobby, personnel at two customer service desks and the formal check-in desk assist you in resolving any issues, answering questions about the lay of the land, and assisting you with any other accommodations.

The senses reel at the enormity of the hotel lobby. The loud screeching sounds of a brilliantly multi-colored parrot and the accompanying reactions of excitable children reverberate throughout this hub building as the adults simultaneously attempt to finish their paperwork while attempting to monitor their little ones. Our ohana is a large one in need of three rooms, so the check-in takes longer than usual.

It suddenly dawns on me that I've forgotten my reading glasses in one of our two rental vans. But a quick inquiry at the customer service desk and a notification at the valet desk outside result in a surprisingly quick retrieval of my eyeglass case. I take this opportunity to speak with one of the young valets and learn that he has lived on the Big Island all of his life and that he graduated from Honoka'a High School.

I'm a bit uncomfortable being a former local and playing tourist in the here and now. As if to reduce the disparity of that seemingly socioeconomic imbalance, I feel compelled to reach out to every employee and thank them for the great job that they're doing. I know full well that it stems from a level of anxiety--maybe even guilt--that I'm feeling. I want to shout out loud, Hey, everyone! I'm a local just like you! I'm no richer for being here! I'm just a humble eBay seller! I just got lucky!

But I suppress the urge, my rational mind finally catching up with my impulsive nature, and I tell myself, Easy now...they enjoy their job. A long time ago, you were in their shoes in your capacity as a Hawaiian Airlines employee. This isn't about you. Tourism is the pivotal core of the island economy. Look around you. There are no sugar cane fields. There are no pineapple fields. There's only megatons of lava rock. This megalopolis of a hotel resort is the best thing going for this island community.

Be still and know it is what it is. Relax and start creating some wonderful memories.

Liquid Veil of Introspection

Point of View From Under the Man-made Waterfall
Point of View From Under the Man-made Waterfall
Parents and Children Bonding With the Dolphins
Parents and Children Bonding With the Dolphins
Naupaka--Great for Cleaning Our Goggles Before Spearfishing or Setting Lobster Nets
Naupaka--Great for Cleaning Our Goggles Before Spearfishing or Setting Lobster Nets
Macy's at One of the Two Shopping Centers
Macy's at One of the Two Shopping Centers
Memorial Tribute to King David Kalakaua
Memorial Tribute to King David Kalakaua
Man-Made Lake
Man-Made Lake
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Sitting Buddha
Sitting Buddha
Lagoon Scene
Lagoon Scene
Paddle Boarding
Paddle Boarding
Soaking Up the U-V Rays
Soaking Up the U-V Rays
Dylan Imaikalani, My Rhino-Bustin' Grand-Nephew
Dylan Imaikalani, My Rhino-Bustin' Grand-Nephew

Images Captured During My Walks

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.

~ John Muir


An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.

~ Henry David Thoreau


I came to the Big Island with different expectations and goals than did my family members from Kaua'i. They came to relax and swim and soak up the sun. The older ones were happy to just get away.The young parents and their little ones were eager to make both mental and digital memories.

My mother was not with us. She had flown to Hilo to spend a few days with the younger of my two sisters, and it would be a couple of days before we would see her and the Hilo ohana.

As a last minute surprise, my father and step-mom had decided to make the trip to Hawai'i as well. We picked them up in Kona the same day I arrived and so now they were here at the Hilton Waikoloa Resort as well. I thoroughly enjoyed the quality talks and wholesome reunion time spent with both Dad and his wife as the younger set swam and played in the humongous hotel pool.

Honoring Mom on the occasion of her 80th birthday was my primary reason for making the trip. My secondary intent was to make peace with and pay my respects to my beloved state of origin. While Kaua'i was and always will be the island that I hold dearest in my heart, the Big Island was an adequate representation of my Pacific roots.

I knew no better way to reconcile my long estrangement from Hawai'i than to become intimately reacquainted with her. And I knew no better way of accomplishing that in a quick and reverent manner than by walking her.

Respectively, then, for the next two days, I went on a five-mile and a four-mile walk.

If I had any illusion of having awakened at an early enough hour to be a solitary stroller, it was quickly dashed. Dozens of walkers, joggers, runners, and cyclists were already on the two-mile driveway, some even already returning to their starting points.

It was amazing, exhilarating, and inspirational to see so many middle-aged and older seniors engaged in cardiovascular exercise. An important point that came to mind as I continued to walk briskly as well as jog for a short spell was that the highway running past the entrance to this resort area was the site of the marathon portion of the world-famous Iron Man Triathlon. No wonder, then, why so many of the tourists who stay at Waikoloa are fitness-oriented.

On the second and final day of my walks there, I journeyed from the hotel lobby to the highway. While standing near the entrance sign, I pondered whether to continue walking along the highway for a bit. I quickly determined that it was too dangerous, given the speed of the traffic and the narrow skirt along the edge of the road.

So I turned around, but instead of following the driveway back, I turned right at the first driveway I came to and followed its wide arc, hoping that it would circle back to the Hilton Waikoloa Village.

I was amazed at the sight of even more condominiums. To conclude that there was a ton of money invested in this huge expanse of real estate would have been an understatement. This piece of the rock was indeed the fulcrum on which the island economy pivoted.

Earlier in my walk, when I was still on the main driveway, I saw dozens of cars and busloads of employees passing by in either direction. Three shifts times thousands of employees meant that a lot of money was flowing through this hotel complex. I'd heard that hotel laborers traveled to and from work each day from as far away as Hilo, about an hour and a half bus ride or drive each way.

In one section, huge mansions lined up in orderly fashion behind closed gates with posted signs stating that these premises were videotaped. People actually live here all year 'round. What is it that they do, or did, to afford such luxury? It boggled the mind of this simple island boy, now transplanted to southeast Washington state, to consider the enormity of wealth I was looking at.

As my pace naturally quickened, I could see in the distance that I had indeed circled back and that I would soon be arriving at my starting point. I thought of doing another mammoth lap but then decided to take a detour to the shopping center that I had not yet strolled by. In so doing, I reasoned, I would end up with four miles of walking. Certainly not enough to burn the calories of the horrendous amount of island food I was eating, but just enough to keep my guilt at bay.

And with that thought punctuating the tail end of my walk, I made a beeline for the Kona Brothers Coffee Shop where I wasted no time in purchasing a tasty pastry and a cup of delicious Kona coffee to wash it down with.

As I was eating like food was going out of style, my sister and brother-in-law showed up and said they had just bought breakfast from the local McDonald's. Egg McMuffins, no less!

Well, I reasoned, it was going to be a long drive later in the day to Hilo, and I needed all the energy I could get.

So bring it on, Mickey D!

Visions of Splendor Along My Walks

Dolphin Lagoon
Dolphin Lagoon
One of Several Condominiums
One of Several Condominiums
Part of 2-Mile Walkway from Hilton Waikoloa to Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway
Part of 2-Mile Walkway from Hilton Waikoloa to Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway
Picturesque Lagoon
Picturesque Lagoon
Looking Across a Lagoon at One of Several Restaurants
Looking Across a Lagoon at One of Several Restaurants
HONU--Hawaiian for Green Sea Turtle
HONU--Hawaiian for Green Sea Turtle
Collaboration of Talented Architects and Engineers
Collaboration of Talented Architects and Engineers
Palace Tower
Palace Tower
Water Cascading Over Lava Rock
Water Cascading Over Lava Rock
Beautiful Koi
Beautiful Koi
Memorial Tribute to Queen Liliuokalani
Memorial Tribute to Queen Liliuokalani
A Plover Looking for a Complimentary Breakfast
A Plover Looking for a Complimentary Breakfast
Seven Pools of Waikoloa
Seven Pools of Waikoloa
One of the Seven Pools of Waikoloa
One of the Seven Pools of Waikoloa

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Natashalh

    Wow! Thank you for sharing this heart-wrenching information. I couldn't begin to fathom how it would tear at my soul to never be able to visit my island home. I think I understand, but emotionally, how could anyone truly identify unless he or she is placed in that very dilemma. The question that I'm left with is whether it's our country or Cuba that places that "ban" over him. Or, could it be the protocol of both countries? Well, then, let's pray that your man maintains his buoyant spirit and has a great time with you on the Big Island in three weeks.

    A final word...you, Natasha, do a marvelous job with these travel niche Hubs. I can see that the Apprenticeship program has really benefited you. The natural talent is there, but with the addition of a balanced placement and frequency of cells, along with just the right amount of key words, your Hubs have mega-appeal. Thank you for your continued and loyal support. Aloha!

    Joe

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    Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

    I look forward to writing more hubs about the experience! I'll have to try to convince him to walk around the area, as you suggest. I think he will come along - he's a different sort of tropical islander and enjoys these things. He's not allowed to visit his own homeland because he's a Navy officer. Evidently that means he's basically never allowed to visit Cuba, so there are chunks of his family that he may literally never see. He has to enjoy other's tropical islands, instead!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Natashalh

    This is really cool, the fact that you could read this Hub and enjoy the photo images just prior to making a trip to the Big Island. Even if you're not staying at the Waikoloa "oasis," I encourage you and your special guy to visit the area. You'll love taking lots of photos, and I will especially look forward to your future hubs about the experiences. Kaua'i will always be there, and I know you will make it there someday. Thanks for whetting my nostalgia heartstrings once again! Ha-ha! My best to you, Natasha! Joe

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    Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

    The bronze horse team is so beautiful! I'm headed to Big Island in exactly three weeks and I'm really excited about seeing the lava/lava rocks. We're not staying at the Hilton, though - we're staying in a couple of hostels and a national park cabin. We wanted to get to your native island of Kaua'i, too, but where we wanted to stay didn't work out this time around.

    I agree that being a former local acting the tourist is strange. I'm from Charleston, SC, which is a huge tourist destination, used to work at Colonial Williamsburg, and have also lived near Myrtle Beach, SC. It's so odd to visit those places as a tourist!

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    Lesley Daunt 4 years ago from Covington, Georgia

    YOU are awesome Joe!

    Thanks for your inspiration :)

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Lesley Daunt

    I like your great communication, Lesley. Thanks for responding! Yes, I saw your profile and thought, hmm, why not? I really don't make that much here on HP...at least not yet, but I look at every Hub and every social connection as having intrinsic value AND the potential someday to become multiple streams of income. There's that saying, and you've no doubt heard it, that if we do the things we love to do, the money will follow. As hokey as it sounds, I believe it...and I have a feeling that you, as an artist of the written word, lyric, and song, believe that, too. So I'm doing my part and sending you lots of aloha and encouragement...every step of the way! Go, Covington!

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    Lesley Daunt 4 years ago from Covington, Georgia

    no Joe, I have never even thought about posting my music videos...what a great idea!

    yes covington is a small town that is used for filming alot...I am actually writing an article about that. Dukes of Hazzard, In The Heat of the Night, The Vampire Diaries and lots of movies are done here.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Thundermama

    Hi again, Cat! Thank you so much for reading not one, not two, but THREE of my hubs today! I'm stoked...and just in time, too, to counter the drowsiness caused by the two benadryl caps.

    You must have some majestic and memorable scenery in Canada for walkers to enjoy and appreciate. My one and only visit to your country was back in 1970 when four of us college students cruised on over to British Columbia. The city of Vancouver was an impressive sight--fantastic architecture and such clean streets

    I hope that someday, you'll be able to indulge in the beauty of Hawai'i. For now, it's a real blessing to provide you and our HubPages neighbors glimpses of the islands via Hub text and photos.

    Have a good one, Cat!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Lesley Daunt

    Hi, Leslie! So nice of you to drop by and participate in this Big Island hub. As lovely as the island of Hawai'i is, I'm still partial to my home island of Kaua'i.

    Covington is such a cool and interesting name. There must be a hub story behind the name of your town. : )

    I see that you are a singer/songwriter. Awesome! Have you ever considered doing video hubs where you share your music with others?

    Thank you for making time to visit today. It's nice to make your acquaintance, Lesley! Welcome back anytime! Aloha!

    Joe

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    Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

    Stunning, beautiful, breathtaking. Your pictures and this hub have added fuel to the fire in my quest to get to Hawaii. This sounds like it was a lovely family gathering. Wonderful hub.

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    Lesley Daunt 4 years ago from Covington, Georgia

    absolutely amazing article~...and breathtaking photos. you are a lucky man joe.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @KoffeeKlatch Gals

    Hi, my friend! If the pictures and article helped you to feel as if you were there, then I am so very happy. As I engaged with all of my senses in the beauty of the Big Island, there was always this conversation I was having with myself about such and such a picture or such and such a passing thought making its way into a future hub. Ever since I joined HubPages, and especially when I go on my walks, the creative muse reminds me that I am not alone...that there are so many wonderful HubPages peers whom I carry with me in my heart. Every so often, something I see or think about reminds me of what another Hubber has written about or shared with me in his or her comments. We are a community, and there's something simultaneously good, powerful, and creative in that experience. Thanks for stopping by to be a part of this. Aloha!

    Joe

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    Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    What a wondferful idea you all had to have a reunion to celebrate your mother's birthday. I love your pictures. They made me feel as though I was there. Everything about this article was amazing. Up and awesome.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @xstatic

    Hi, Jim! Hope you had a memorable time along the Oregon Coast. We enjoyed our time at a condo in Newport last summer and traveling back up the coast before returning to the Walla Walla Valley. Glad to hear that you visited the islands before and enjoyed the music. I'm toying with a hub about some of that wonderful island music and hope to have it out later in the week. Thanks for stopping by, my friend, and I'll see you around the bend sometime...

    Joe

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    Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    What a great trip Joe! I was at the Oregon coast for an overnight on Wednesday, so just catching up. Thanks for sharing the beauty of this island and your reunion with us. I spent a few days on Maui and in Waikiki some years back and loved it all. I really enjoyed the music there.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @tillsontitan

    Hey, Mary! Good morning!

    Thank you very much for participating in this touristy presentation. LOL! I'm no bdegiulio, our HP travel guru, but I did my best, and I'm glad you liked it. It was great fun and mellow adventure to walk around the huge campus which is actually comprised of multiple hotel chains, condominiums, and private homes. If one were to fly above the complex in a helicopter, it is indeed a living oasis bordered on one side by the ocean and everywhere else by miles and miles of lava fields. Your daughter is very fortunate to have been to Hawaii as well as enjoy special delivery treats. : ) Thank you for stopping by for a nice visit and quality sharing. Aloha!

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    Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

    Amazing! Island, writing and photos...this whole thing is amazing. I know you have an edge because you are a native of Hawaii but still you did justice to this lovely area. My daughter has been to Hawaii twice and now drinks nothing but Kona coffee...ah to be young and have money to treat yourself oh, and has coconut ice cream shipped to her by a friend living in Hawaii...anyway, I doubt I'll ever get to Hawaii but I appreciate you taking me on such a lovely tour. Thank you for sharing your visit.

    Voted up, awesome, and interesting.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @rajan jolly

    Yes, Rajan, my friend, I was so very happy to see my loved ones and to actually enjoy the best that an island I wasn't too familiar with could offer. One of the interesting things that occurred was my sniffling. One of my nieces explained that I was having an allergic reaction to the "vog" created by an active volcano.

    I'm so glad you enjoyed this photo-essay and that you continue to share your time and wonderful comments. Thank you so much, Rajan!

    Aloha!

    Joe

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    Joe, what a wonderful journey this has been with you. Amazing natural beauty this is paradise for me my friend. Amazing write, you have instilled in me a desire to see this dream place.

    The Waikola beach resort is just amazing. The pictures are magnificent. I hope you had a wonderful time both with the celebration of your mom's 80th birthday as well as revisiting this place after so long. It must have been a flood of good memories seeing everyone and everything together yet again.

    Aloha, my friend and thanks for this trip.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @wetnosedogs

    Yes, my friend, I truly do understand your excellent question, and I'll do my best to give you a sincere and solid answer.

    Keeping in mind that my best point of reference is my home island of Kaua'i, and that I had only been to the big island of Hawai'i twice before when I was 16 and 20, my answer is both yes and no. Hawai'i has changed because it's had to--there are no sugar cane fields, and neither are there any pineapple fields. There's even greater agricultural dependence, therefore, on the coffee and macadamia crops. Tourism is alive and well in the islands, and I'm happy to see that because this was an industry that was hurting not too long ago. Real estate and the construction trades are slowly re-emerging. What hasn't changed is the ALOHA SPIRIT--the compassionate and endearing manner in which the local people treat each other and the many visitors.

    Unfortunately, even in Paradise, there are problems. Methamphetamine is a curse throughout the islands. On the plus side, law enforcement and the judicial system in the islands are, in my opinion, among the most progressive in our country.

    Thanks for stopping by, WND! I always look forward to hearing from you.

    Aloha!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @bdegiulio

    Hi, Bill!

    You know, it's funny. My mom's birthday is actually tomorrow, and while one sister and I were cool about celebrating Mom's birthday early (my trip there was in late March), another sister and her family strongly believed that to do so would be bad luck. The Big Island has this incredible spiritual vibe going on, so we deferred to the latter sister's wishes. Even so, while we didn't openly celebrate Mom's 80th then, we all plan to do a Facebook blitz tomorrow to give her a very festive show of love, respect. and appreciation.

    You chose an awesome area to enjoy your honeymoon. A sequel surely must be in the making, my friend.

    Thank you for your loyal support and uplifting ways. I'm honored to be your peer here on HP!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Hawaiian Scribe

    When I was a little boy, one of my favorite foods was Kim Chee, and not just any Kim Chee, but the KOHALA brand. I was so tickled that I saw that name during my journey on your island. Wow! What a beautiful island! And SO BIG! Stayed at Uncle Billy's the first night. The next morning, I walked on over to the new Starbucks in Kona, about a half mile away. There, I wrote an email to our hubber peer, Karen Hellier. I thought about you and also another female hubber whose grandparents owned and operated a coffee farm on one of the volcanoes. Had a great time in Hilo after we left Waikoloa, and for me, that was the better half of the trip simply because it was more about kicking back and enjoying good food and good times with all the ohana. You'll be tickled to know that a local man and his wife tapped my brain big time the last night I was there because they wanted to know more about selling on eBay. Anyway, I have at least a couple, maybe more, hubs bubbling away on the back burner about my Big Island trip.

    Thanks for stopping by, Stephanie. It means a great deal to me when what I write about Hawai'i warms the heart of kama'aina.

    Aloha, sistah!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @kashmir56

    That wonderful dog of yours has such a heartwarming face. I know he's moved on in his journey, but whenever I open my hub messages and see his beautiful face gracing my page, my heart begins to smile.

    Thank you for your kind words, Tom. I took all of you with me when I went to the Big Island because I'm always seeing life these days through Hub-filtered shades. In a strange and maybe silly way, I feel like I have purpose, and I walk with a bounce in my 60-year-old step because I believe with all my heart, "Sonofagun...I AM a writer!" : ) Happy that you stopped by, Tom. Aloha and serenity from SE Washington state!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @kidscrafts

    You're already there, my friend, by dreaming about it! The power of visualization is awesome! I utilize it whenever I see something at the thrift store that I instantly know I will resell on eBay; when I'm just starting out on a walk and yet can see the 10 miles that I will log on my calendar; when I'm staring at a blank page that I know will be filled with my very next hub creation...

    It wasn't by accident that you read this hub of mine. You are seeing the reality of your trip to Hawai'i beginning to take life. I'm so happy for you!

    Aloha!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @billybuc

    Hi, Bill! You mentioned customers. Would you be able to point out which of your hubs, if any, address your business pursuits? I'd be very interested! You're amazing, my friend! I think I read somewhere that you are 64. Surely, you have the enthusiasm, passion, and energy of a man half your age!

    It's said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery...if I'm a good writer, it's only because I emulate the very best. You, sir, are one of them! You've taught me so much already in the hubs that you've written, and I am making it a point to have the literary dessert you serve up as often as my schedule permits. Our writing, as was the case with our pitching days, requires intense scholarly discipline. I think we came into this world with the genetic potential to create, but it was the respective pain we experienced in our lives, along with the love we sometimes felt like we didn't deserve; hard, grueling mental workouts; and a literary platform like HubPages that fosters connectivity that honed our skills. Following your example, I keep plugging away in the dynamic process of improving my writing. Thanks, Bill! Time is irrelevant because it's like I've known you for years!

    Aloha!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

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    Hi, Carol!

    I do hope that someday soon, you'll be able to go. After talking with Karen Hellier and reading her hubs, I planted a seed with my wife about the possibility of going on a cruise. Dollar for dollar, it might make better sense. Anyway, looks like we'll be going on one to Mexico later this year. Something to think about when you and your loved ones are able to make it to the islands.

    I wish you the very best with any potential eBay transactions. Because of your similar interests, I met with an artist today who is very enthused about collaborating with me on some entrepreneurial ventures. It'll be interesting to see how this pans out. One reason I made goals for this year back in December is because I believe in the law of attraction. It's amazing how powerful visualization is. A year ago, I had no inkling that I would be in Hawai'i in March, but I remember having an intense longing for the islands. It took a different spin than what I'd expected--namely, a trip to Kaua'i instead--but the main thing is that I was able to see both parents, three of my five siblings, and a host of extended family members.

    Keep believing, Carol!

    Aloha!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

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    Hi, Lisa! I met with an artist this morning whom I may be collaborating with in the near future--got some significant brainstorming done. Anyway, I just now had a chance to get to my Hub messages and was so happy to hear from you. Glad you liked the Hilton Waikoloa Village hub. Got to play tourist the first half of the week, but it was the second half with family (ohana) in Hilo that really warmed my heart. I'll be sharing some of that in a forthcoming hub. Thank you so much for your faithful support, and rest assured that you have mine. Next time I see President Obama give a speech, I'll be looking twice to see if he's wearing your face! : ) (For anyone who might be reading this, please check out LKMore01's hubs for generous examples of cloning. Ha-ha!)

    Looking forward to our next chat, Lisa!

    Joe

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    wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

    What a wonderous trip you had! Did you ever find out who could afford that expensive real estate? The pictures are beautiful.

    Is any of what you saw as you remember? It sounds like Hawaii has grown up with the rest of the US and except for a bit, we have to stretch to see the country-ness-the way it used to be. You know what I mean? I don't know if I'm saying it right, but I have it right in my mind.

    Trust you had a grand time visiting family and I am happy you got to go.

    Glad you shared this great adventure with us.

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    Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

    Wow Joe, what a journey. So glad that you had the opportunity to return to Hawaii. The pictures are beautiful. I am somewhat familar with the Queen K Highway. I am a big fan of triathlon and I watch the Ironman from Hawaii every year. Many years ago while on our honeymoon we drove on that stretch of the island and I recall the incredible and endless lava fields. Loved this hub. Hope the birthday celebration was a success. Voted up, shared, etc...

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    Stephanie Launiu 4 years ago from Hawai'i

    Voted up, awesome, beautiful, interesting. Thank you for this great hub about Waikoloa. I haven't been there for years, but it looks just as beautiful as ever. My husband and I stayed there for 1 night when I attended a conference there, and I know what you mean about the "guilt". As a Hawaiian, I felt almost apologetic for being there in luxury when I knew very well that the locals can't even afford to stay in the hotel they work at. Looks like you had a wonderful visit and Hau'oli la hanau to your mom. Sharing on pinterest and tweeting out as well. Aloha, Stephanie

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    Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

    Hi my friend here i am again reading another wonderful article of your's and i find you are taking me on another adventure, and this time to Paradise. I enjoyed the trip you took me on in your words and in these very beautiful photos. Well done and thanks !

    Vote up and more !!! Sharing !

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    kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

    Hawaii is definitly on my list of things to visit! Those island seem just beautiful! Î love all your pictures as well!

    Thank you for making me dream until I can go there!

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Joe, you will have to forgive me. I'm rushed with customers this morning but I didn't want this hub to go unmentioned any longer.

    I have never been to Hawaii. It is lovely for sure. Bev was there a couple years ago to visit her father who lives there. She was in awe of the beauty.

    As for your hub....you have a talent. You are able to take a travelogue and give your readers points for reflection. The mundane comes alive with your words, as does the area you write about...in technicolor.

    In other words, you are a very good writer who will only get better, and it is a joy to read your work.

    Have a great week my friend.

    Aloha

    bill

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    carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

    How well written and enticing photos. We lived in Oregon for a period of time and my son lives in Washington so we explored many areas. I am enthralled with your pictures. And a lovely story.. We have talked about going to Hawaii but have no so far. Great job..voting up and pinning.

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    LKMore01 4 years ago

    Outstanding, Joe. You are the most excellent travel writer. The exquisite detail, the beautiful photo's, the inviting video. You make readers feel like we were with you. Who wouldn't want to be in Hawaii? Thank you for all the lovely images stored away in my mind as I head off to work. This is a page I will read again and again.

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