10 days until Christmas

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Beach Villa Realty,LLC

It's 81 degrees outside and there is the most pleasant wind blowing through the doors and windows. I am overcome with  gratitude for this new life I've been given. In another month our family will be having our first anniversary since our move from Kansas and it has gone by in the proverbial "wink of an eye".

For those of you who are thinking of moving here from the Mainland, don't let the details overwhelm you. It may be a move like none you've had before but so will be the destination. You may find yourself conversing with oceanic shipping companies, looking at the "stuff" you've collected and wondering what to bring. A big one for us was wondering how we would ever manage to stay in touch with our friends and family and more importantly, see them. You may find, like we did, that the latter is the least of your concerns. We have had more visitors come to us in the last year than I think we had the entire 20 years we lived in Kansas! 

Then there is the decision of where to go once you decide that Hawaii is in your future. If you move with a job in hand, that is an easier choice. We were a leaf in the wind, with no predestined destination. The funny thing for me is that of all the islands we had debated moving to, Oahu was not even one we had considered. We liked the Big Island the most, followed by Maui and Kauai as close seconds. I don't know how those would have ended up working out, but it's hard to imagine that they would have worked out better than exactly where we are in Ko Olina on Oahu. You see, we wonder now if we wouldn't have missed the advantages of having a large city like Honolulu close enough to go when we wanted, but far enough away to ignore the rest of the time. There are times we love the options of a large metropolitan city  but it is so nice to live on the fringe versus being in the center.

And that is exactly what we now have. We are about 3 miles to the West of Kapolei, in Ko Olina, an incredibly beautiful escape. I purposely use the term escape since it is surrounded by 2 Marriott Resorts and was designed to be exactly that, an escape from the denser Waikiki and Honolulu resort area which is 20 miles to the east of us. As the years have gone by, residential areas have been developed and the most wonderful Marina I have ever known was also built. You see, that is what brought us here. A proud 50 foot ship, renamed Destiny by us when we bought her and it is from her salon that I am now writing.

We were not seafarers when we came here from Kansas... not by any stretch of the imagination. We are still not. But we have met the most remarkable people since we moved. We, my wife Vicky, 12 year old son John and I, are slowly learning about the ocean and the Islands. There are times when I feel as though we left our old lives and found ourselves waking up in someone else's. We've all celebrated our first birthdays on the Islands now and this will be our first Christmas Holiday as residents. There are Christmas lights on some of the boats and we will be having a Christmas celebration hosted by the Ko Olina Resort and Marina this evening. Eventhough this will be my 54th Christmas, it will be one of my most memorable. We've found that everything is just a little more memorable here. Our daughter Kate will be joining us from her home in San Francisco for the holidays and we will probably try our hand at seeing a whale or two and spending a few evenings at sea while she is out here.

It was Destiny that brought us to Oahu, literally and figuratively. Had she not been for sale, we would probably not have included Oahu on our exploratory trip. But she was for sale, we did come to see her and the rest is history. We have never moved anywhere and felt more welcomed. We have never woken up and been as aware of the earth around us and  of all of her beauty. We have never felt it was easier to separate the important from the non important since we moved here. I am not aware of a single day since we moved where we felt any regrets of our adventure to come here and now I find I have never looked more forward to Christmas. It will be a celebration for us of family and the joy of life, and I think that has been part of our family's discovery in these wonderful Islands. 

Mele Kalikimaka
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