You know you are feeling like a local to Hawaii when…
- You stop using Google maps to find your way around.
- You take a different highway home – LikeLike instead of the H3 – just because.
- You go out wearing a tank top without a bra on (not to work though)
- You wear flip flops instead of your Chacos
- You leave your flip flops at the Beach Access point
- You smile at everyone and they smile back
- You shaka without thinking
- You are starting to say Howzit instead of How’s it going
- You ride your clunker cruiser bike around town like a pro
- You take the longer way home through Kawainui park (see photo)
When do you consider yourself a local?
One of the most iconic geologic features in the world is Diamond Head aka Le’ahi.
It is a volcanic crater about 300,000 years old and was formed in one explosive eruption about 2.3M years after O’ahu was created by the Ko’olau volcano.
Le’ahi is Hawaiian for “browridge promontory” or Le and for the shape of the ridge which looks like the dorsal fin of Ahi tuna. To me it is familiar.
I have visited O’ahu three times prior to living here. The first time I was in awe, the second time I hiked up to the ridge, and the third time we stayed in a hotel with a direct view of Diamond Head.
I heart Diamond Head.
So it isn’t a surprise that the first weekend after I arrived, I searched for the familiar.
I took The Bus, from the windward side of the island to Honolulu, went to a parade, then walked down Waikiki towards Diamond Head.
With each step along Waikiki, I remembered my last visits. With each step, I saw more familiar places – Hilton Hawaiian Village, Hale Koa and…
the sunset “booze” cruise catamaran – all places I have visited with my honey.
With each step, I saw the familiar, and it almost felt like home.
One hundred pounds of stuff I think I will need during my 90-days in paradise.
I’ll be in Oahu for a rotational assignment with my agency. It will be an adventure, it will be a learning experience, and it will be a dream come true.
This micro-blog will document the next 90-days of living, working, and playing on Oahu.
Join me on my adventure.