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A Pause For The Cause...

I don't think anyone could question my absolute love for my island home of Hawaii...I have been blessed with the privilege of being a Miss Universe, and choose to use that voice to help promote my island home. I have been recently called into question on what raising awareness for Hawaii and tourism there really and truly does for my islands and it's people..and well all I can say to that is that it is- IT's  about the ECONOMY...hello.

I promote Hawaii because Tourism is a Huge part of our economy..and whatever peoples personal ideologies about tourists coming to Hawaii that is THEIR kuleana (PROBLEM) and not mine. I promote Hawaii not for personal gain but to give back to a place that helped shape who I am today. I promote Hawaii for the father of three kids who has been a Valet parker at a major hotel in Waikiki for 20 something years so he can continue to support his family, or for the farmers out in Haleiwa that sell their fresh produce in BULK to the Hotels to feed all the TOURISTS who visit these islands. I promote Hawaii because I have traveled the world, and there are many beautiful places..some that even come close to looking like Hawaii...but they will never FEEL like Hawaii. What I promote can't be bottled or bought and sold on a stock exchange..I know for a fact when people visit Hawaii...they CHANGE. Somewhere between the tradewinds, the Aloha Spirit, and a Mai Tai if they are open to it they tap into that special part of Hawaii that I am so proud of..the essence of it's people..ALOHA SPIRIT.

And if they take that essence home to their countries with them..if they are made kinder, simpler, more considerate of a person because of it...then I will continue to hand out macadamia nuts at every mall across this globe. I support Hawaii tourism because it is good for Hawaii, and good for the PEOPLE...and that's all I have to say about that.

COME TO HAWAI'I it does the mind, the body and the SPIRIT GOOD. For US ALL.

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Reader Comments (7)

THANK YOU for sharing your heart with us!! I love how you write with passion and manage to add a little humor to it! As an Adv REP I really "get" how the economic issues are effecting the whole UNIVERSE! My personal belief is that its not quite as bad as people think but the media has everyone so scared the consumers aren't spending anything!

Please keep promoting Hawaii! I love it! I couldn't agree with you more about bringing home that Aloha spirit! Someday I really hope to move there!

The one and only time I went to Hawaii was when I won the Salesperson of the year at The LA Daily News! The prize was a 7 night 6 day trip to Maui ahhh ... Seriously, I wanted to get a job selling coconuts or something and just stay there!

September 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenifary

very well said

September 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercrouchingtiger9

Very well said, you are a great ambassador of aloha for Hawaii! keep up the great work Brook! Visitors to our islands need to see the whole package not just Waikiki and the tourist traps, get out and see the true Hawaii, meet the locals, then they will go home with the true Hawaii experience and tell their story to friends and hopefully they will want to visit too, Aloha!

September 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter@KxBxBxKahuku

wasssup Hawaiian... thanks for being my buddy.. I want to blog like you....
deyncall me da Blah lah blah gah.............would that work?
better than cma3rd... duh dorko dodorky....k' den the daughter of the lady who when teach my wife hula!! he hawaii au?? ai he hawaii oe!!

I just discovered you, for the first time, on the "Living Pono" web site. I come from the "organic farming" side of things in Santa Cruz, Ca. I am so curious how you've been consulting on that documentary and your interest in the project. Could you blog about that sometime? I love reading all your entries. Best, Susie

October 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSusie Bright

A very interestin article Brooke...I was in Hawaii back in 2003. I enjoyed it and i did feel the aloha spirit. Beyond all the tourism which is evident in area of Waikiki, i felt a deep connection with the spirit of the Hawaiian people, the land and sea. i have not felt this anywhere else...i always promised myself that one day i would return to Hawaii to settle down, because there is something special about Hawaii that no words can explain it...but rather through experiencing it.

January 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrussel v

dear brook i'm from the republic of trinidad and tobago i'm a fan of yours ,you were a very nice miss usa and also a nice miss universe.

July 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternasif jumal hosein

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