In Search of Aloha Part III
Our Hibiscus Hawaiian Print
The ulimate Aloha experience
We have had many memorable experiences as we searched for the true spirit of aloha: had a spectacular view of the Honolulu coastline and Waikiki beach. The ship sailed in during a sunrise with rainbow colors behind Diamond Head that illuminated the spires, towers, and resorts around the Aloha Tower and the Market Place docking area. The high-rises had modern art flairs to them, but I was more impressed by the mountains in the background, the endless serpentine beach, and the gentle trade winds.
We also had the good fortune of taking advantage of a four and a half hour bus tour on Kauai for only $90. The bus driver talked non-stop as we viewed breath taking waterfalls, mighty blow holes, delightful sea turtles, crashing surf, amazing flowers and trees, a coffee plantation, countless wild chickens, and a grand canyon that rivals our American one.
Our favorite island was Maui. The life boats called tenders shuttled us into a quaint harbor with clear, emerald and topaz colored waters: tourist shops and rental fishing boats lined the shore. We basked in the shade of a monstrous Banyan tree, had a snow cone the size of our heads, and took pictures of everything imaginable all around us.
I still recall surf boarders riding powerful waves as we walked the beach by the harbor, picking up discarded coral collectibles. Behind the surfers, out in the crystal blue sea, waited the black and white presence of the Oosterdam.
As we took the tender back to the ship, we looked once more at the majestic mountains of Maui. They appeared to resemble a series of huge breakfast muffins covered with green frosting. And in the valley between the muffins was an impressive, glowing rainbow arch.
That evening Susan and I had our own sail away party in the Crows Nest of the Oosterdam. We sipped on refreshing, exotic drinks, listened to the mellow music of a young guitar player, looked out at the panoramic view of an ocean sunset, and anticipated an elegant meal in the Vista Dining Room with our family. Perhaps later we would take in a Broadway show featuring the Oosterdam singers and dancers. Or maybe try again the piano bar with the talented Diane Fast. Or there’s the cool and clever jazz trio called the Neptune’s. What we did rejoice in was the sighting of a few lingering whales as the Oosterdam was heading out to a glistening sea.
We realized with joy and excitement that we had five more days of cruising ahead of us. Maui was still fresh in our minds as we returned to our veranda and warmly embraced. You see, we had finally discovered the ultimate spirit of aloha: it’s the love we share with family, friends, each other, the alluring sea Light, and positive life energy.
In Search of Aloha Part I
- In Search of Aloha Part I
I’m told that the Hawaiian word aloha means hello and goodbye. Apparently it also means love. For me, aloha depicts a serene attitude, a fresh perspective on life, and a mystical, tropical mood.