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Glimpses Of My Beloved Hawai’i Nei


Sunset over Diamond Head from Maunalua Bay, Honolulu, O’ahu


Hawaiian Sunset peeping from the sea

Smiles and says Aloha to his sweetheart Hawai’i.

The drowsy islands slumber one by one

Close their sleepy eyes, say goodnight to the sun.

Then Hawai’i, like millions of times before

Blossoms in her lover’s arms once more.

Too soon the sunrise will wake her from her sleep

So until tomorrow, sleep Hawai’i sleep.



Sunrise at Sandy Beach, O’ahu


Early morning on the Ala Wai Canal, Honolulu, O’ahu


Maybe I am homesick… well, without maybe, but I felt this urge to share with you some glimpses of the islands. Oh, I know what it is! It is my cousin’s fault. She e-mailed me a couple of days ago asking questions about where to go and what to do in various islands because she is planning another trip out there in the fall, all the way from Italy. Hmmm… I may just have to join her, at least some of the time.



Byodo-in Temple, perfect replica of the one in Kyoto, Kaneohe, O’ahu


So today I will be taking you on a mini tour of Hawai’i Nei. I say mini because there is so much more to see in the Islands. But those of you who have been, might see a scene that will bring back memories, and those of you who have not yet been… I hope you will be stimulated to go. In the meantime, enjoy the ride.



Hapuna Beach on the Big Island of Hawai’i, one of the best beaches in the Islands


Storm over the fields of Waimea, Big Island of Hawai’i


Kalalau Valley from the lookout, island of Kaua’i


Stunning Waimea Canyon on Kaua’i


Stunning Waimea Canyon on Kaua’i


Taro fields in Hanalei Valley, Kaua’i


Kilauea Lighthouse, island of Kaua’i


Front view of the Lodge at Koele, a Four Seasons resort on Lana’i


View from the extensive and beautiful gardens of the Lodge at Koele, Lana’i


Kalokahi o Ka Malamalama Church by the Lodge at Koele resort on Lana’i


Horses by the stables of the Lodge at Koele at sunset, island of Lana’i


Sunset on the stables at the Lodge at Koele resort, Lana’i


A hidden gem: Luakaha Falls in Honolulu, O’ahu


Sunset light through a tree in Hawai’i Kai, a part of Honolulu, O’ahu


View of Waikiki from Queen’s Beach, Honolulu, O’ahu


Sunset surfing in Waikiki, Honolulu, O’ahu


Another perfect Hawaiian sunset, Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, O’ahu


I hope you have enjoyed these glimpses of the Islands. If you are a Kama’aina, I would love to know where you are. If you have visited, I would love to know where you have been. And if you are planning a trip, I would love to know where you are thinking of exploring first. Let me know in the comments.


Mau ke Aloha no Hawai’i.



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  • Jean McCurdy08/07/2015 - 2:44 pm

    Thank you Monica dear. Your photos are sooo beautiful. I have only been to Hawaii twice, & only on Oahu. Those places on Oahu I did see brought back lovely memories, one being the joy of our
    first face to face meet.ReplyCancel

    • Monica Schwartz08/07/2015 - 5:57 pm

      Dearest Jean: I am glad you enjoyed the images. I also thought of the first time we met face to face. Time for another face to face, soon I hope. <3ReplyCancel

  • Lorena Carcano08/17/2015 - 9:19 am

    Ciao Monica, the pictures are just amazing (Bellissime, davvero!). These places are in my ‘wish list’ …. I hope soon, very soon.

    • Monica Schwartz08/17/2015 - 10:24 am

      Ciaaaaao Lorena!! Oh yes, you should prepare a vision board with the images and, when you make plans to go there, let me know and I will join you! <3ReplyCancel

  • Rosanna Termini01/03/2017 - 10:01 am

    Thank you for your pictures. I am surfing in the Web to catch information about Honolulu because my son wants to move there. We have never been there, but once a sciaman told me that I would find bliss in Hawaii, and I am a believer. Only thing that scares me is that Hawaii is so far away from everything I know and I have been before. Maybe I would feel lost in space. All that ocean around. As an Italian, I have always felt very comfortable being surrounded by a big continent full of many different people, even if it sometimes is hard to take all that “confusion”. On the other side, I am curious to get to know Hawaian people and see how they are like, if they are welcoming and “warm” towards strangers like me. I really like people and nature in general, and I wouldn’t want to live in a place as a “stranger”, I’m looking for “family”, and to stand in society as a real member. My big wish would be to build a shelter for children and animals, and offer my love and joy and skills, while my son would like to open an Italian pastry shop. I would appreciate If you’do like to tell me what you think about it. RosannaReplyCancel

    • Monica Schwartz01/03/2017 - 4:31 pm

      You are very welcome, Rosanna. I will reply to you in English, so that others might also read my response, just in case they are also planning to move to Hawai’i. Let me tell you that the Hawaiian archipelago is very powerful energy wise. They are what remains of the capital area of Lemuria after all. The other part that remains of that ancient continent is Easter Island, and possibly French Polynesia (Tahiti etc). Though you will be on some island in the middle of a big ocean, you should still feel grounded. I never felt ‘lost in space’. Actually, for many years I had a hard time leaving the islands for trips to visit my family in Italy because I was afraid that it would disappear, and turn out to be just a dream.

      I have lived my first three years on the Big Island, in Waimea/Kamuela, and then eight years in Honolulu, on O’ahu. I love both, and I love all the islands, but now ‘my’ island is O’ahu. The people in all islands are welcoming and very O’hana (family) oriented, and I am sure they will make you feel welcome. The Mana (evergy, life force) of the land of the people is what I miss the most. I still consider Hawai’i my home even though at this time I am living in California.

      My suggestion would be to fly to Hawai’i and spend three months there. They are part of the United States, and they are subject to the same immigration laws. Three months is the time that is allowed to visit the U.S. without a visa. That is also a good length of time to get a sense of the place, start meeting people, connect, see how it feels like to live in the middle of the ocean. Maybe try 2-3 islands: Big Island, Maui and O’ahu. I am happy to put you in touch with as many people as I can, and it will be a place to start.

      Honolulu is both a big city and a small town. I feel that you will get more a sense of family if you base yourself in a smaller place – like on the North Shore of O’ahu, or in Kailua or Kaneohe. Even better for that would be the Big Island, or upcountry Maui. In Honolulu it will take a little longer to get that, but you will get it in the end.

      There are animal shelters, and I know of two in particular that are doing a wonderful job. They could be a good place for you to begin connecting, by working with them and getting a sense of how things work there, and then getting to the point of opening your own. I will look up their information and e-mail you separately if you are interested.
      As for opening an Italian pasticceria: anything authentic Italian is desperately needed in Hawai’i, especially pasticcerie, so that should be no problem.

      I can also recommend a good, and no-nonsense immigration lawyer if you like.

      These are the basics. If you would like to know more, e-mail me directly at [email protected] and I will respond to any questions, in Italian or English.
      Aloha mau. MReplyCancel

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