20 things in Hawaii to be thankful for
Let's count our beautiful blessings.
You know the phrase: Lucky we live Hawaii. Here are a number of things that make us feel blessed to call any of the Hawaiian Islands home.
1. Nearly 365-days of amazing weather
How’s the weather gonna be tomorrow? A beautiful 81 degrees, as per usual.
Hawaii is the birthplace of modern surfing and can be enjoyed year round.
4. The Aloha Spirit
It’s a real, all encompassing thing.
Fresh from our seas, you’ll find the best poke at supermarkets and five-star restaurants.
6. Shave Ice
All natural, locally sourced syrups poured over the finest shaved ice. This frozen treat is a way of life. Even President Obama can’t resist.
7. Island Time
No need hurry.
It’s the sound the Islands make.
9. Technicolor sunsets. And sunrises.
We’re spoiled with Instagram-perfect vistas every time the sun sets, and rises.
The airy and sugar-covered doughy delight that can be eaten anytime, anywhere.
11. Tropical flora
Just step outside and you can see—and smell—plumeria, birds of paradise, heliconia, pikake, hibiscus.
12. Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Hawaii has its own food movement based on utilizing local ingredients and the fusion of our diverse ethnic culinary influences.
Whether it’s at a backyard get-together or the intense competitions of the annual Merrie Monarch Festival, the vibrant traditions of hula are thriving.
Making our sky colorful on a daily basis.
15. Shakas when we drive
Sure, we may get stuck in gridlock traffic, but when you let someone in, they throw you a shaka.
We love Spam so much we have devoted an annual festival to the canned meat.
17. Outdoor lifestyle
Hawaii is an adventurers’ paradise: Surfing, diving, snorkeling, kayaking, paddling, hiking, biking, camping. You get the picture.
18. Loco Moco
Classic local comfort food that has all of the things we love in one dish: rice, meat and perfectly fried eggs, all slathered in rich gravy.
19. Aloha shirts
The iconic aloha shirt has undergone a rebirth at the hands of local designers. Hawaii designers have pushed the boundaries of both men’s and women’s fashion.
Hawaii is the most diverse state in the nation.