Thanksgiving shouldn’t be the only time we take a step back, to think about all the wonderful things we’re so grateful for in life. Heck, even the not-so-great things can be worthy of thanks. They usually give us some kind of experience to learn from.
And while living in Hawaii is a blessing in itself, it’s easy to forget just how lucky we really are. But thanks to you guys, who’ve made the trip to the islands and back, we’re reminded with each and every one of your Facebook posts and Instagrams that we should learn to appreciate the simple pleasures of the islands.
Here’s what I give thanks to. What are you thankful for?
Ahh, you don’t know a good thing till it’s gone, right? Tradewinds are a really good thing, and on those frequent “dead wind” days, everyone tends to miss it. Trades keep the islands cool and comfortable almost all-year-round. They’re that tropical breeze that characterizes the islands’ near-perfect weather.
Each Hawaiian Island has its own personality – whether it be the laid-back ways of the Big Island or the fast-pace cityscapes of Oahu. One of the great things is being able to experience all of that through some “island hopping.” It’s something residents do frequently – for work or for a quick getaway – but even tourists island hop. A one-way ticket will take you from one island to the next in less than 30 minutes. Now that’s a pleasant commute!
Everyone wants that “ocean view” in their hotel rooms, even if – to the hotel – that means seeing only a sliver of blue in between buildings. Hopefully they don’t charge extra for that because you can get that view for free from almost anywhere you go in the islands. Whether it be driving out of the Pali Highway tunnel or taking a hike in Upcountry Maui – you’re guaranteed to sneak in an ocean view somehow, some way.
4-Sweet Potato Manapua
Look for the purple manapua when you’re in Hawaii. Unlike the usual filling (meat), this manapua’s got a sweet surprise. It’s also a good alternative if you’re a vegetarian. I like it because it’s satisfies my sweet and salty cravings at once – and it’s light enough to be a snack or – if you have two – it could be a meal. Sweet potato manapua is a winner for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
5-Road Trips to ___
Fill in the blank. Almost any drive you take in the islands could qualify as a “road trip.” We’re not talking the three, four hour drives you might be used to but rather, the pleasant hour or two it takes to cruise the coast or to travel up a mountainside. Roll down the car window, blast the music and pack some snacks! This road trip will be stress-free and full of tropical surprises.