Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Aloha Oye

James surprised me a couple weeks ago with some WONDERFUL news. I haven't shared it too much because I don't want to jinx it at all, but I can't keep it in any longer.... We are planning on going to Hawaii in December. I have felt like a little kid going to Disneyland for the first time. I can't wait for December. About 4 years ago, James told me "give me 2 years and I will take you to Hawaii". In that time, we moved to Clovis, our living expenses almost tripled and we decided that I would not work. So 2 years soon turned into someday.

My mom has told me, ever since we moved from there, she could tell I have been incredibly home sick. I have a little box with my Hawaiian keepsakes; shell leis, candy leis (they are made of hard candy), star fish and conk shells we found on the beach, books in Hawaiian, and my Kala'au (hula sticks) from my lessons in school. I enjoy looking in this box when I go to Indiana to visit my family, but it always makes me miss Hawaii.

Even though I was only 9 when we moved, I still knew how great of a place it was. I loved going to school everyday and learning Hawaiian words along with English, learning hula dances, and learning more about the culture. I wish I could remember some of the dances or how to speak Hawaiian. I loved playing outside, climbing trees, riding my bike, and rolling down the hill in our backyard. Looking back it seemed like the perfect childhood. I have so many wonderful memories.

I hope we have the opportunity to see my old home and ward when we are there and many of the other places I remember. There are a few family friends that still live there that I am sure will invite us over for an authentic Hawaiian meal.... YUMMY!!

10 comments:

The Gage Cage said...

Sweet! I'm so pumped for you! Now that I've been I know what all the hype is about. Hawaii totally lived up to every expectation for me and then some.

Brooke said...

How fun!!! I'm sooo excited for you!!!

Robyn said...

I am very jealous right now! I want to go to Hawaii too!

Which island are you going too?

Brooke said...

My Mom grew up in Hawaii, she misses it alot too. she wants to go back sooo badly. I'm glad you get the opportunity.

T said...

All I can say is WOW! I've never been there, but some day it will happen. I'm glad you have something AWESOME to look forward to. James is such a great guy!!!!!!

Megan said...

I lived in Hawai'i for a bit o' time in college and it's a wonderful place. I miss the unique atmosphere so much...and the fresh fruit...and fresh seafood...and and and...I could go on forever.

I know you'll have the best time!

stvnsuz said...

WOW! I am so excited for you! We stayed on Waikiki acrossed from Kapiolani Park, it is so pretty. If they still have it, go see a movie on the beach on the weekend, and go have a meal at Cheeseburger in Paradise. it is awesome!!!

Lisa Miller said...

That sounds like fun. I want to go there someday.
You asked about the ward. The Moyle's moved to Cedar City in July 2007. Mike got a job in the district office of the school system up there. We miss them a lot. Everyone else is still around. Well, the Jorgensen's moved across town and Brooke & Eric did as well. Traitors!! lol. We like it when they come to ward parties and park day and such. One thing you probably don't know is that one of our Young Women got hit by a car almost 3 weeks ago. Do you remember Heidi Henderson. It's her daughter Krystal. She's not in very good shape. Her brained was crushed and she'll be in the hospital for a long time. The ward is pitching in and taking care of the other boys while Heidi is at the hospital with Krystal. Please keep them in your prayers. Let me know if you want to know about anyone specific.

Aubre & Adam said...

aloha!!! you'll have fun and get a great tan :0) hey, we have a time share there if ya wanna use it!.. right on the beach w/a balcony

Kraucyk said...

Um... jealous! We'll miss you at Christmas, but not that much! :P