An Ode to Hawaii’s Messy Reality

Travel Blog  •  Eva Holland  •  05.14.10 | 10:42 AM ET

Over at Nerd’s Eye View, World Hum contributor and Hawaii enthusiast Pam Mandel ponders the typical expectations of visitors to the islands, and how they stack up against the reality she’s gotten to know and love. From the post:

It’s weird to have a long term relationship with a place that isn’t my home. I’m keen to the flaws but part of my heart remains in the islands… [O]n my last trip there, I watched a traveler open the envelope and take out that staged photo, and, then, respond with such disappointment at the real thing. How can a place stack up against such oppressive expectations? Why would Hawaii want to be our Shangri-La, our Atlantis, our Bali Hai? It’s so much work, too much makeup, the lighting and the filters and the fiction to make a place paradise belies what’s really there.

And I’m good with what’s really there.


Eva Holland is co-editor of World Hum. She is a former associate editor at Up Here and Up Here Business magazines, and a contributor to Vela. She's based in Canada's Yukon territory.


3 Comments for An Ode to Hawaii’s Messy Reality

Blah 05.15.10 | 2:55 PM ET

What a pile a garbage.  Total waste of time and server space.  Please stop

Minnie Pitts Champ 05.16.10 | 12:28 PM ET

Each traveler sees and absorbs scenes & sights individually. My memories of each island, as a visitor and a resident, are so dear I’d move back in an instant were it not for family.  Princeville, Kauai, was my home for three years and was only terminated by Hurricane Iniki. I visited all but three of the islands for weeks at a time and found each had its special and memorable characteristics that drew me back time after time. Having seen changes from the 1960s to 2009, the Islands keep calling me.

Ricardo Dobarro 07.10.10 | 4:33 AM ET

Aloha!

I agree with you Blah.

..and more aloha!

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