Cooking and caring for her family makes Lin Cosier happy; and she has a secret for making others happy — she can turn a cup of coffee into a Hawaii vacation. Those two passions come together in her job as an agent for Hawaii Aloha Travel.
Lin is able to work from home, talking to her clients about visiting Hawaii as she sees Oahu’s beautiful windward coast from the lanai (deck/patio). This also allows her to keep an eye on her three children and four stepchildren, who are often joined by others from the neighborhood. Lin says working from home is both convenient and very dangerous: "There is no one pushing you, you run your own schedule."
In what is perhaps every mother’s quest, Lin says her goal for this year is to find balance. As we talked, I forgot for a moment what it was like to have young children and asked about her hobbies. Lin laughed, "I USED to have hobbies!" Then she mentioned the pleasure she gets from cooking. She also serves as the 411 contact for her extended family. Even though they live on Oahu, and have for generations, they turn to Lin and her encyclopedic memory for information about everything.
Lin’s special talent, though, is in making Hawaii seem real and attainable for those yearning to visit. "People are surprised how far a few dollars will go," she says. "I ask them to give up one cup of coffee every day to get to Hawaii in nine months." I buy a cup of coffee every morning. With the tax and a tip, it comes to just over a thousand dollars in nine months, not quite enough to pay for an entire vacation. "But it makes it real, doesn’t it?" Lin asks. "It’s more attainable. What are you willing to scrimp on to get here?"
Lin has another set of questions she uses to help travelers decide which island to visit and which activities to include. It, too, gets directly to the experience each person hopes to have, coaxing the dream of Hawaii from their hearts and into a travel plan. That caring connection marks Lin’s personal and professional lives, which are joined in a love of Hawaii.
July 17th, 2010