Aloha! We've been saying that a lot over the last couple of years, haven't we?
We're back in one of our favorite states, Hawaii. We're here doing our own thing – starting in a few days – but are currently guests of the island of Lanai. We were on Lanai a few years ago (on our own) and absolutely loved it. So, there was no way we were going to turn down an opportunity to dig deeper via a media trip.
Things are off to the expected fantastic start. Lots of perfect weather, lots of whale-sightings, lots of killer food, lots of fun activities... and several mai tais along the way.
Plus, we're getting a first look at the changes taking place on Lanai since the island's new owner, Larry Ellison, arrived on the scene. Our initial impression is extremely positive. More details on all of that later.
So far, one of our favorite experiences has been hanging out with respected island elders, Bully and Irene Davis. We got to spend a nice chunk of time in their calming, warm company. We talked story, had a ukulele lesson and did some ti leaf lei making (using our toes as anchors). We walked away from our time with the charming couple feeling refreshed and revitalized, as though we had spent a day at the spa.
We were happy to learn that our host properties, Four Seasons Resorts Lanai, continue to make an effort to expose guests to opportunities that encourage a connection to Hawaiian culture and history.
Here are a couple of shots from our time with Irene and Bully.
Of course, we'll keep on collecting experiences, and we'll share more as we put them into words. We may even write about our quick-onset addiction to all things ukulele. We've been practicing in our room. That's commitment! Sorry to other guests for all the failed chords (and off-key vocals!). We're trying.
Next week, keep an eye out for a big announcement regarding what we have cooking for 2013. Here's a hint.... Hawaii is the first step towards achieving one of our big goals.
For now, me ke aloha pumehana (warm aloha) from both of us!