When I used to leave our state, and my beloved South Sound, I said I was from "Seattle." Seattle is easy, big, and known. Tacoma (and my little enclave of University Place) were not known and would create a weird question, or two. So, I just used Seattle for ease of conversation.
On the Big Island, I have found South Sound love and knowledge. I met a woman from University Place, born and raised, graduated from Curtis High School. Her boys went to Wilson High School in Tacoma, not too far after me. Another gal at a shop asked me where I was from. I said, "Seattle." She responded, "Oh really? I have friends in Federal Way. Do you know Tacoma?" In past trips home, we met a lovely Hawaiian gentleman, who, it turns out, was our neighbor and lived about a mile away.
I quit you, Seattle! My island knows South Sound. And that's so totally cool. And interesting.
So I asked why.
Locals stated, it's the newer nonstop flights (Alaska Airlines) that brings the South Sound to the islands a lot more. There's a lot of us, to them. Gritizens, represent!
And for my final Hawaiian round up "paniolo" style (Hawaiian cowboy), check out Gritty City Woman for updates on my eyewitness account of the Hapuna Beach tragedy, amazing Hawaiian smells, and the Chinese Zodiac (Happy New Year). Click HERE to get all the action!
And, for my friends, readers, and bloggers, here are some rules that I had to share. Please read!
*NEVER JUDGE A DAY BY THE WEATHER
*THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE
*TELL THE TRUTH- THERE’S LESS TO REMEMBER
*SPEAK SOFTLY AND WEAR A LOUD SHIRT
*GOALS ARE DECEPTIVE THE UN-AIMED ARROW
*HE WHO DIES WITH THE MOST TOYS - STILL DIES
*AGE IS RELATIVE - WHEN YOU'RE OVER THE HILL
YOU PICK UP SPEED
*THERE ARE 2 WAYS TO BE RICH - MAKE MORE OR
*BEAUTY IS INTERNAL - LOOKS MEAN NOTHING.
*NO RAIN - NO RAINBOWS
*SAY - I LOVE ME- YOU’LL ALWAYS HAVE PLENTY
---From Kahuna Harry Uhane Jim, "Wise Secrets of Aloha: Learn and Live The Sacred Art of Lomilomi"
Aloha, Peace, and Love,