Smorgasbord Posts from the Archives 2021 – Pot Luck – #Hawaii – My Aloha experience by D.L. Finn

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Since this series began in January 2018 there have been over 1000 Posts from Your Archives where bloggers have taken the opportunity to share posts to a new audience… mine. The topics have ranged from travel, childhood, recipes, history, family and the most recent series was #PotLuck where I shared a random selection of different topics.

In this series I have shared posts from the last six months of 2020 and the series is now closed to new participants.

This is the second post from D.L. Finn and she shares her various visits to Hawaii over the years with highlights and memories.. This brought back my own of our two visits to the Islands.

My Aloha experience

Hawaii is a place I hold close in my heart. I heard many tales of this magical place growing up. My family had done business there, and my mother had been there many times during this. Although the family business had ended, I was lucky enough to see this place when I was in the fourth grade. Oahu was magical through a nine-year-old girl’s eyes. I spent hours swimming and exploring the island with my great grandparents. I remember touring the pineapple groves and sitting next to a very nice fourth-grade teacher.

Pineapples were a cornerstone of my diet there. We ate pineapple ice cream at Woolworths and fresh pineapple at the International Market. What I will remember most about this trip is the Brady Bunch (one of my favorite shows growing up) went to Hawaii the same year. We stayed in the same hotel they did, but not at the same time. Although I didn’t get cursed or learn how to surf, I got a hula lesson at the Kodiak show.

Then, when I was twelve years old, I went back again with my great grandparents. We stayed in a hut (that was torn down soon after to make way for more hotels) with a path to the beach. I found a Hawaiian lady who was making leis with plumeria flowers along the path. She took the time to show me how to make them, and then I got to keep my work. I spent hours swimming and ended up with the worst sunburn I ever had. For nights after I sprayed myself with water to cool it down and later my shoulders bore freckles of my Hawaiian journey. We picked up some souvenirs at the International Market (now gone) and went to the Polynesian Cultural Center, where we walked through villages while interacting and learning. Then a beautiful show floated by on the river.

My next trip back was on my honeymoon. We explored Oahu: Pearl Harbor, Polynesian Cultural Center, and a Luau. When we weren’t seeing the sights, we hung out on the Waikiki Beach and ate lots of crab Louie and pineapple. Another week was added, and we headed to Maui. Here we drove the famous Hana Drive that took us through all the waterfalls and an amazing black beach that we had to ourselves. Every night in paradise, we sat and watched the sunset.

It was almost 30 years before we went back to Hawaii for our second honeymoon. This time we focused on Kauai and Maui.

On Kauai, we made a point of doing things we’d never done before, including a helicopter tour over Kauai, which produced some amazing views and pictures but also left my husband with a queasy stomach. Next, we took a boat tour to snorkel (my second time ever), and the spinning dolphins and a couple of turtles entertained us. Then we rented a Harley and cruised the south shore of the island, including the spectacular little Grand Canyon. Kauai is an amazing garden island filled with roaming chickens.

We spent week two on Maui. We took the Hana drive again, where I was less brave than I had been on our honeymoon with the narrow road, but it was still just as beautiful as I had remembered it. We explored the town of Lahaina and the Hard Rock Cafe, and other wonderful restaurants. The thing that has the fondest memories was staying at the hotel and lounging around the pool— and snorkeling. We’d get up each morning and suit up for the ocean. There was usually a turtle greeting you at the shore, but we were warned not to touch them it could make them sick. However, the turtle seemed determined to touch me.

Hawaii is truly paradise, full of wonderful people, scenery, and memories. It has become my home away from home and has found its way in An Unusual Island, This Second Chance, and soon to be released, middle grade/ YA Dolphin’s Cave. I’m hoping for an early December release if all goes well.

The Aloha spirit has found residence in me and my work.

Embrace your inner child with the Aloha Spirit in your heart. D. L. Finn

©D.L. Finn 2020

About D.L. Finn

D.L. Finn is an independent California local who encourages everyone to embrace their inner child. She was born and raised in the foggy Bay Area, but in 1990 relocated with her husband, kids, dogs, and cats to the Sierra foothills in Nevada City, CA. She immersed herself in reading all types of books, but especially loved romance, horror, and fantasy. She always treasured creating her own reality on paper. Finally, being surrounded by towering pines, oaks, and cedars, her creativity was nurtured until it bloomed. Her creations vary from children’s books, young adult fantasy, and adult paranormal romance to an autobiography with poetry. She continues on her adventures with an open invitation for her readers to join her

A selection of books by D.L. Finn

One of the recent reviews for This Last Chance

Mark Bierman4.0 out of 5 stars You may need a few more sips of that Cabernet to ease the nerves. Reviewed in the United States on December 28, 2020

Unseen forces battle for the future of earth, while unsuspecting humans go about their daily lives. This novel is a unique spin on the classic tale of good versus evil.

Amber Dodges is a news reporter on the hunt for the killer of her twin sister, Iris. She unknowingly attracts the attention of the evildwels, the angels, and the killer.

Finn has created a strong female protagonist in Amber, who lives, quite literally, by the motto, “Never say die!”

A view of the supernatural and terrestrial worlds, are constantly interchanged throughout this story, providing a chilling premonition that something terrible is about to happen. You may need a few more sips of that Cabernet to ease the nerves.

As the story unfolds, Amber is threatened and grows leery of all, as she tries to determine who is a ‘friend or foe’. This fact is left for the reader to puzzle over, until the climax is reached.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who desires a peek beyond the veil of the spiritual/mortal realms. Anyone who relishes a decent thriller, without the gore of a typical slasher story, will be appreciate the strong plot and high stakes drama. I’m giving this one a Four-Star rating!

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My thanks to Denise for permitting me to share her posts and I do suggest you head over to enjoy her archives.

66 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Posts from the Archives 2021 – Pot Luck – #Hawaii – My Aloha experience by D.L. Finn

  1. I took myself to Oahu for my 30th birthday, and I’ve been fortunate enough to visit the Hawaiian islands several times since. Thanks for bringing back some of those memories!
    Haven’t done the helicopter flight in Kauai but it’s on my bucket list.

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  2. This has brought back so many wonderful memories, Denise. Each island has its own special beauty, and I hope someday to visit once again. Thank you, Sally, for featuring lovely Denise. 😊

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  3. Hawaii is on my bucket list of places to visit. I can only imagine how good the pineapple tastes! Thanks for sharing your experiences, Denise, and a huge thanks to Sally for hosting today.

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  4. Thank you, Sally for sharing my Aloha blog here today. It’s a place full of magical memories! Sending hugs xo

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  5. I’ve been to Maui and the Big Island. I really loved Maui and would love to go back at some point, but it’s so far (and so expensive). Thanks for the trip down memory lane, Denise.

    Thanks, Sally.

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    • Maui is amazing, but we’ve been going back to Kauai. It is expensive so we usually don’t eat out and use the kitchen there. Thanks, Staci, I hope you make it back someday.

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  6. What a wonderful post from Denise! I have never been to Hawaii but have always wanted to visit.
    I remember that Brady Bunch episode as a kid, and the mention of Woolwarth’s made me smile. I have great memories of our local WW from my own childhood.
    Thanks for the trip to Hawaii, Denise, and thank you Sally for sharing this today!

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    • Thank you, Mae:) It was fun walking in the Brady Bunch footsteps. Woolworths does hold a lot of good memories for me here too at our local one. It’s a great place to visit if you can and each island has it’s own flavor.

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  8. Having only been to Hawaii once, Denise’s memories matched many of my own. (One of my claims to fame is I’ve been to all 50 states.) It really is the ideal vacation spot for young and old. How great that she has so many fond memories from when she was a child and an adult.

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  9. Watching the series ‘Lost’ was the first time I appreciated the amazing scenery – and greenery – of Hawaii. I think I’ve left it too late to visit now and so it was good to live the experience through Denise’s words. She’s certainly managed to capture the magic of the place. xx

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