Stepping on the brake pedal of my rental car, I'm slowly getting irritated by the minivan in front of me going 15 miles below speed limit. My excitement to get to the peak of Haleakalā before sunset didn't help either, with every instinct of my body telling me to overtake the metal slug at the next passing section. As the yellow lines began breaking away on the asphalt, my engine revs and I push my way into an empty road ahead of me, with anxious hopes of making it on time. However, once I emerge from the clouds, a burst of tranquility hit me. I realize I am somewhere more profound - a point between Heaven and Earth.
Sun, rain, or gloom - Hawaii's landscape captivates all that are privileged to see it. A trek up the unbeaten path to find something rarely seen in our daily lives is enough to put your worldview into perspective. We're often busy thinking about what to do next that we rarely take a moment to live in the now. Well, time is relative, and it moves slowly in Hawaii. There's no better place than to stop and smell the peonies.
"I realize I am somewhere more profound - a point between Heaven and Earth."
With every trip to the islands, I discover something new behind the meaning of "aloha". It is here that I understood the value of appreciating nature and the mental healing it provides to us. Whenever I hear the strum of a ukulele or a certain guitar riff, I picture myself back to this oasis wondering how can paradise get any better than this.