Hawaii became my home in the 1960s and I have lived in on the Big Island since 2000. Hilo is home to the MERRIE MONARCH FESTIVAL, a huge international Hula competition that is held every April.
In my early years I frequently crewed on a charter fishing boat out of Kewalo Basin on Oahu which gave me the opportunity to travel by sea throughout the islands. I have visited them all, with the exception of Kahoolawe and Molokini and have crossed the channels more times than I can count.
I have two children, growth and on their own. I am the owner and operator of the online antiquarian entity, MANDARIN BOOKS HAWAII that deals exclusively in rare and vintage Pacific Isle books and art. ((website hidden)) This interest, fueled by a bit of passion for the sea has further culminated in my "sailing" on a cruise ship from the mainland to Hawaii and just recently, from Hawaii to French Polynesia on a 38 foot sailboat. I also spent last fall sailing in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand and earlier this year crewed from NZ to American Samoa on a 43 foot s/v. I have also had the privilege of traveling on the mainland and visited Italy for several weeks a few years ago.
My travels have allowed me to experience the joy of adventuring to new places, of meeting people from various parts of the world and the comforts that are so relished when one is off and away. Of course, there's no place like home and I think Hawaii is the most wonderful place on earth, but I do look forward to more travels in the future, perhaps Mexico, the Galapogos, the Mediterranean area once again. So allow me to share my home with you, As they say in Hawaii, let's get together and "talk story."