The spirit of aloha.
“The literal meaning of aloha is “the presence of breath” or “the breath of life.” It comes from “Alo,” meaning presence, front and face, and “ha,” meaning breath. Aloha is a way of living and treating each other with love and respect. Its deep meaning starts by teaching ourselves to love ourselves first and afterwards to spread the love to others (source).”
Never underestimate the power of encouraging others.
Be each other’s hype man/woman.
Listen with intent.
Explore the worldly magic of a new place.
After a 4+ hour flight for my work trip, we did just that in Maui. I dug into a poke salad at Poi by the Pound followed by lying pool side for all of 10 minutes before I was off to explore the beach.
“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.” -Henry David Thoreau
After a hot tub sesh, it was back to the room to prepare for dinner, but not before taking an epic photo shoot with our hand delivered champagne service. Thanks Ritz Carlton of Kapalua! 🙂
We hit Aloha Plate for dinner where I tried the ube (popular potato in Hawaii) over fish and veggies. So ono (ono means delicious in Hawaiian).
The nice thing about Hawaii (well let’s be honest, 1 of the 1K nice things) is waking up early since they’re 2 hours behind pacific coast time. Naturally, I got up super early, crushed some work and hit the gym all before our 8 AM hike.
Then we beached it for the day mixed with some photoshoots and emails.
Before long, it was time to get ready for my team’s welcome reception at the Plantation Lanai.
The next day, my cousin Joey flew in and we got the breakfast buffet at the Ritz before cruising to the other side of the butterfly shaped island for the black rock sand beach.
And anotha’ one because that spread is something special
The weather is so unpredictable and one part can be rainy while the other is sunny. When you see what appears to be fog, it’s actually rain, as fog doesn’t exist on island. It can be sunny where you are and you look out to the distance to see a rain storm.
When we got to the black sand beach, there was no rain in sight. It was awesome.
We checked out a market on the way. It really was a beautiful day.
After beachin’ we grabbed dinner with the group at Lahaina Grill followed by an ice cream night cap. 🙂
The next day, I dropped Joey off at Kapalua airport.
I headed back to pack and catch our flight back to the bay! And that my friends concluded the trip! Still can’t believe I got to go on this fun adventure.
Stay cool yall!