Jean's Take

A blog about words, women, & whimsy

Hawaii Away

I’ve been away, oh, not away, like gone fishin’ away–I’ve written that blog.  No, away, like Hawaii away.  Did you know there are no seagulls in Hawaii?  Well, we flew cross country to San Diego then we sailed the ocean blue–the Pacific is very blue.  It took five days to get there.  Did you know that Hawaii is further away from other land masses than any other place in the world?  It’s that isolated! It seemed like we would never get there and by the time we got back to California, I felt very much like the Ancient Mariner–you know, Coleridge’s  water, water everywhere man.  I recall these words I have given to one of the women I am developing . . . ,  I have always loved the sea, its salty breeze against my face, blowing my hair and filling my nostrils; its relentless and uncompromising power, its irrefutable constancy. Awed by its secrets, I have stood on its shores demanding to know them and imagining others doing much the same at strange places beyond the horizon, facing me, our thoughts touching. Yes, I love the sea, but I think I love it more if I’m on solid ground.  Did you know that Hawaii doesn’t produce pineapples anymore?



Nutley AAUW and the Cello


My Grandmother . . .


  1. Hawaii is the one place I’ve visited that I did not ever want to leave. It is so beautiful, and you’re right, the water is oh so blue. I was on Maui, which has beautiful beaches, an enchanting eucalyptus forest, horse ranches, and Haleakala National Park, which encompasses a volcanic crater situated on the highest peak on Maui. It’s awesome, and what a view from up there. You are so high it appears, as you stand near the edge, that you can simply step out onto a cloud.

  2. Jimmy Dale Jennings

    We have been to Hawaii 4 times. We sailed the islands 2 times stopping at all the best ports of call. We have always liked Maui the best. If you ever visit Haleakala National Park, try to catch a sunrise early in the AM, if you can find enough clothing and blankets. If you drive up, you will have gained the highest altitude in the shortest distance driven in the world. the curves are so sharp and steep that they say you can see your tail lights in your rear view mirrow. Another spot to visit is Hana with it’s intresting waterfalls. If you do, go
    early and have the gas tank full, because it is a long trip with many hair pin curves.

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