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Observations from a visit to the Aloha State


April 8, 2020

teve and Sherry Edwards give the "shaka" hand gesture during a photo op on a cruise in Hawaii. The gesture, a shaken closed fist with extended thumb and pinky finger, is universally recognized to mean, "Be cool, hang loose, we are all in this together." Hawaiians use the gesture as a non-verbal way to express gratitude and kinship toward others.

During early March my wife and I spent 11 days on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. Oahu is the most populated of the state's islands and is the home to 1.2 million people, most of whom live in Honolulu. It was our first trip to Hawaii.

I wanted to write about our visit without doing a standard travelogue. Oh, we visited many of the popular sites like Pearl Harbor, the Polynesian Cultural Center and with a friend, hiked to the rim of Diamond Head Crater. We did other tourist activities: a whale watch boat trip; a sunset cruise and a luau complete with a roasted pig.

But, I wanted to share som...

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