It’s no secret that Hawaii is one of the most beautiful places on the planet. With turquoise blue water, lush greenery and tropical plants and flowers at every turn, Hawaii more than lives up to its nickname; Paradise of the Pacific. With all of this surrounding beauty, it’s of little surprise that the people of Hawaii are happier than those in most other states, and they live longer too! According to data, people in Hawaii live an average of 3 years longer than residents in any other state, and life expectancy in the islands ranks fifth longest in the world proving that there are a few life lessons we could all stand to learn from the people of Hawaii.
Thanks to the year-round beautiful climate in Hawaii, there is no shortage of outdoor activities and Hawaii’s residents take full advantage. Whether its water sports, hiking, lounging on one of Hawaii’s incredible beaches or simply enjoying a backyard cookout with friends and family, spending time in the great outdoors is good for your health. In addition to keeping depression at bay, sunshine also helps your body produce vitamin D for strong bones and increased protection from metabolic syndrome and heart disease. Deep breaths of fresh air can help clear your lungs and improve oxygen transfer to your body’s cells, and people who spend time outside tend to sleep better than those who don’t.
It may be a running joke in many parts of the world but “island time” is real and it has nothing to do with the actual time zone. What island time refers to is the laid back, relaxed approach to life and work. In Hawaii, people aren’t running the “rat race” the way they do in most other states. Sure, our jobs are important to us here, but the pressure typically associated with them is simply not the same which translates to much less stress.
Love Thy Neighbor
Hawaii is a cultural melting pot. Martin Luther King Jr. once said that Hawaii was “a noble example, of what has been accomplished in the area of racial harmony and racial justice”. Here in Hawaii we respect each other, appreciate the differences that make us unique, and we live in harmony. There is a strong sense of community throughout the islands and we value our time with friends, family and acquaintances alike. Strong, friendly relationships are a priority.
To a tourist, Aloha is a salutation. It is used to say both hello and good-bye, but the actual spirit of Aloha goes well beyond anything you’ll find in a dictionary. In its simplest form, Aloha is love. It is energy, a life force and an entrance in to the collective whole. As any native Hawaiian will tell you, we don’t just say Aloha; we live it, breathe it, and we treat our visitors to true Aloha spirit every chance we get. Translated, Aloha means “Presence of Breath” or Breath of Life”. The ancient Hawaiians likened the ability to truly live the spirit of aloha with attaining spiritual enlightenment. Here in Hawaii, we take the Aloha spirit VERY seriously.
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We had a wonderful time at Sail Away and I recommended Hawaii Hideaway to dozens of people. You were a delight to work with and I will definitely use you again the next time we rent a home in the islands.
Like a Dream
Bliss doesn’t even describe our experience. It was almost like a dream. We are ready to do this again with Hawaii Hideaways – you guys are the best. Everything was perfect!!!
Outstanding Experience From Beginning to End
It was in an outstanding experience from beginning to end, I would work with Hawaii hideaways again in the future unquestionably. Sunny Madeiros was terrific with her recommendations of everything from leisure activities to restaurants and even equipment rentals.
Coral Gables, FL
Perfect Combination of Elegance and Comfort
First time to Maui (and Hawaii). This is a spectacular setting and the home is a perfect combination of elegance and comfort. I could stay on the lanai all day long and be happy. Of course there’s a ton of fun activities, but it was great to have Gull Cottage as our base to come back to!
Arlington Heights, IL
You’re Going to Want to Stay
Our family spent a splendid week in Kauai in early 2017, basing ourselves out of the Touching Green house. It’s in a great location, has everything you need, and is just lovely. The pictures don’t do it justice. You’re going to want to stay!
We had a wonderful time in Kauai! We remained in awe at the unimaginable beauty, both of the rental home, as well as Kauai itself. It will be a treasured memory for life. I hope we can come back and make more memories.