Once you’ve been to any of the Hawaiian islands the saying goes you will always return someday. What I’ve come to expect after being gone for awhile, the islands have their own unique way of greeting you upon your return. It’s subtle, you have to be still and look for the signs because they are everywhere.
The gentle sway of the palm fronds in the wind, kinda like they are waving hello. The eagerness and genuine curiosity of the local birds, hopping over to your foot to take a look at you. The beautiful open spirit that only fellow kamaina residents know how to show with a simple gesture. That sparkle in the ocean water that winks only at you. The sound of the ocean waves crashing before your feet and rushing up to gently meet your toes with a caress. The sky right before the sunrise rewards you with colors you can’t remember seeing anywhere else before. The boats out on the horizon blinking their hello right before sunset. The wind slowly sliding through the grove of trees directly above your head as you relax on the beach. The wild hens, roosters and chicks looking at you expectantly for food while slowly advancing towards you.
It’s nice within the four of us we each find something to appreciate and admire every day we are here. Today the rain came in sheets for the first time all year we were told. How special to be here and witness the long awaited rain.