As I am headed off island and out of the country this evening, the reality of a pending vacation is foremost in my mind. “You go on vacation when you live in Hawaii?” is a question I’ve been asked time and time again. And the answer is a resounding YES! Of course! We love to go on vacation!! Haven’t you heard that Las Vegas is the 9th island? Hawaii residents love Las Vegas so much in fact, that a few years ago Hawaiian Airlines scheduled a redeye from Honolulu to Vegas, and a return flight that leaves Vegas at 2am in the morning and arrives in Honolulu at 7am – meaning a long weekend in Vegas when you live in Hawaii is a very real probability, and you can still be on time for work!!
The mainland is a very popular place for island residents to vacation, of course. The West Coast of the United States and Canada is relatively close, incredibly diverse, and full of former Hawaii residents, ‘ohana and loved ones. One thing I never noticed prior to moving to Hawaii was how many people have Hawaii-related stickers on their cars driving around the freeways…take a look around next time you’re in traffic, you are likely to see a honu, hibiscus, “da kine” references and stickers – a little bit of the island lifestyle all ovah da place.
This trip, I’m not going to Vegas or anywhere on the mainland, I’m pulling a classic Hawaii resident, “I live on a tropical island and love to go visit other islands and tropical destinations.” I’m off to Cabo with girlfriends and to Fiji with my husband to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary. A real vacation, yeah! After the enormous successes we’ve created with Hawaii Life on the Big Island so far this year, for me this is a necessary time of rest and rejuvenation so as to be in top shape for the winter selling season. Hmmm…wonder if that qualifies this as a “business trip?” 😉
Aloha and a hui hou.