Monday
Aug032009

I get asked this A LOT..

I know it has been 12 years since I gave up the title of Miss Universe..but I still get asked what it was like during my year, where did I travel to during my year..what was it like to give up my title in my home state of Hawaii..and then every once and awhile I will get that REALLY curious pageant afficiando who asks WHAT DO YOU DO RIGHT AFTER YOU GIVE UP THE CROWN? Well this is what I did...I went to Lanai. No Joke. After being in Hawaii under intensive media scrutiny for a whirlwind two weeks leading up to relenquishing the title..I had hit the wall. But where was I supposed to go to get away when I was literally EVERYWHERE, on posters, in store windows on highlight reels on the evening news..where oh where could I go to get away from ALL OF IT?

Koele Lodge. It was that simple..I made a reservation, and the staff there was so considerate, and just instinctively knew I had smiled one too many smile and shook one too many hands..they met me at the hotel lobby and practically carried me to my room...I had such a fantastic time, just relaxing, walking the grounds, sitting by the large comfy fireplace in the lobby for hours just emptying my head. It was the recharge I needed. I loved it so much, I stayed an extra day...the food was superb, the staff so caring and professional, and the rooms..THE ROOMS were like heaven on earth a virtual cocoon of happiness.

Koele Lodge gives you a different feeling of the islands, an up country feel of scented trees, luscious golf courses, sprawling pastures with friendly horses nuzzling your hand for one more carrot...it is one of the best kept sanctuary secrets of Hawaii nei.

Sunday
Aug022009

Of all the Places..

I should probably disclose that I was born and raised in one of God's greatest places on earth...Hawaii. After traveling the globe as a former MISS UNIVERSE..and for my job on the TRAVEL CHANNEL..I can say with out a doubt that HAWAII, IS the most beautiful place on earth...WHY you ask? Doesn't a coconut tree in Singapore..look like a coconut tree in Tahiti that looks like it's on a beach in Puerto Rico?

Probably...but here's what those other places DON'T have...THE ALOHA SPIRIT. Hawaii is about so much more then the beautiful flowers, and misty waterfalls...it is about the people..the CULTURE, the pure melding of so many different ethnicities all living together, melding into a universal pot of absolute love. Love for the land, love for different cultures, respect for where those cultures came from, and an undying quest to share it with anyone who is willing to listen.

If you want to visit a beautiful vista..you can go just about anywhere, if you want to take away an EXPERIENCE of a lifetime then COME TO HAWAII and let the PEOPLE fill you with the essence of the Aloha Spirit..it will stay with you, like the fragrance of a maile lei...or a warm tradewind ..cause in HAWAII we never say good bye..just aloha oe...till we meet again. And trust me you will be back again and again and again.

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