What I Love About Hawaii…at least the tourist side
I have been traveling to Hawaii since I was an egg and my parents have been going before that…and my brother too (I guess we can include him). Lots have changed in the tourist areas since I was a kid, especially the amount of people that actually go. Last time I went, was last year and there were new shops and too many people. My family started going to Hawaii because of my dad. There were times where they requested him to go there from, well, the mainland and he would bring us, his family, with him. It was very convenient because at that time my brother and I didn’t have school so if he needed to be there for another day he would just ask the hotel and check in to see if it was okay with my mom. After that it became more of a vacation scene for us and we would catch up with old friends that live on the island.
I honestly can’t get enough of the place just like any other tourist, but that’s because all I see is the tourist side of Hawaii. This amazing place comes with positive and negative baggage which should be a whole unit in our history classes.
Hate aside we are here to talk about LOVE. This is no basic WHY I LOVE HAWAII.
The Tourists- We are so funny. By WE I mean YOU. I have to calm myself down just writing this. WHY do you go to HAWAII and eat CHEESECAKE FACTORY. This is irritating. No hate on Cheesecake Factory and that sandwich I got last time. BUT ya’ll need to step it up because it just embarrasses the rest of us. Maybe you are from the middle of nowhere like Courage the Cowardly Dog or something ,but even he would know that you or your family members did not just pay thousands to have you eating Bang-Bang Chicken and Shrimp.
The Locals- The few I have met are funny too. TWO INTERACTIONS. GO. Okay last year I went to go take a surfing lesson because I love Blue Crush movies and we had nothing planned for that day. And the guy at the front desk that was set up at the beach was older than 50 but was in shape and he had the best “surfer accent” and I just wanted to share that. Made me feel like I was in a movie. The other interaction I had was at the mall and some stranger walked up to us who was obviously not on vacation and he told my family we were welcome. Though he said something like, there ain’t that many other black folk around here and he didn’t want us to be uncomfortable because he loves black people. He was speaking like he was representing all locals and it was weird in the moment but after I appreciated it and made me feel better, for some reason, I don’t know why.
The Nature- About five or six years ago we started this tradition of driving around the island(the edges) and there are these rest stops at certain points. Some spots have views, beaches or mountains and even a mix. There was this one stop that several people could park at get out their car and look over some hedge to see the ocean and a beach a little further down. On the other side of that was this mountain shape and you were able to walk or climb up, you just really needed sneakers. There I found some scientist-looking people picking up tiny rocks and they told me that they are green emerald rocks (or something like that) which could be used for jewelry and what-not. I have noticed them before but not enough to take them which you really shouldn’t take them. BUT that’s not a problem anymore because everyone has swiped out the whole mountain. They were really really small where you needed to crouch down to see them and pick them up with tweezers. Using your hands would make them shake because the concentration is just that serious. Anyway the point is don’t pick up what’s naturally occurring on that island and bring it to your home just to forget about it. Some of us want to come back and see it again.
Hawaii=Pearl, Home=Some Random Rock- You know that Simpson’s movie where Homer dumps his Pigs junk and stuff into that larger container? Ok, but then he puts it in the lake? Ok, well that’s how your home state smells compared to Hawaii. This place legit has a whole different smell and I am jealous. If you do not like that heavenly flower smell then you need to catch the next plane home. Arrive clean so it doesn’t throw off the balance just in case. Nothing more to be said.
The Food- I could write a whole essay on the importance and impact the food has had on my life and my families. My brother did a project on the L&L food chain, and I made a summer video featuring a bowl of Matsumoto’s shaved ice. OohHh to taste it again would be a dream. There are also several other foods that Hawaii has to offer that I would share and would want to devour right now but I’m afraid I have given away too much already.
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