At this current stage however, I find this thinking refreshing and believe we can probably all learn from giving ourselves an expectation break and appreciating the wonder around us.
I know, usually the adjectives 'cool' and 'abandoned' don't seem like they should be used in the same sentence, but they should be when you're talking about forgotten resort towns and hotels.
At a time when the world seems more disconnected -- ironic, considering how much more connected to each other our technology strives to make us -- there's growing popularity in family-owned properties; places that offer more attention to the needs of individuals or groups, and make a rare connection to travelers that stand out and remain memorable long after a guest's stay.
One of the greatest challenges our children and grandchildren will face will be the struggle for clean and affordable energy production. It is a concern on a global scale, impacting world economies and fueling political conflicts at a great cost to both the environment and human lives.
Hawaii is a diverse state both in terms of culture and climate, making it a dream destination around the globe - sometimes frustratingly so, as stereotypes of surface-level tourism often outshine the deeper beauty.
It is never a good idea to toy with science, bring back extinct dinosaurs, and load them into a theme park with a lot of tasty humans. Watching it all go so very wrong is the appeal of the Jurassic Park franchise.
Howard, who saw Jurassic Park opening weekend as a 12 year-old -- and was told by her father, director Ron Howard, that she was watching "cinema history" -- was offered the job of Claire by Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow while he was atop a Hawaiian mountain.
I was seduced by the newsletter from the Honolulu Museum of Art. A big, feline eye with long lashes was winking at me. "The Hot Lava Hukilau, a Hawaiian-Style Burlesque Celebration." I asked myself, "By golly, what is Hawaiian-style burlesque? I'd like to know!"
Despite the lamentable fact that I couldn't sell skis in Vermont during the winter, or surfboards in Hawaii during the summer, or even beer to castaways on a desert island, mainly because I would have consumed it myself, I recently got a job as a salesman.
Carson's fantasy scenario is the one that reflects the way many Americans approach the issue of guns. The fantasists have come to believe that if they had a gun, they'd be able to ensure their own safety and the safety of those around them.
When the life you have been living no longer is the life you are designed to keep living, in essence, the jig is up. For me, it went down like this: "Greg, get out of your mind or go out of your mind."
The wild changes in the short history of the modern surf culture are widely debated, evidenced and documented, yet little has been written about the humor of the lifestyle. As the concept of the surf film was evolving, it must be noted that laughs and comedy gags were an integral part of the new medium.
Don't go chasing waterfalls. So sang TLC in 1994 in a song that cautioned against making bad life choices.
I have learned that Hawai'i is so much more than beaches, fruity cocktails and surf competitions. It is a chain of islands rich in history and culture, a community with no racial majority and a constant source of beauty and inspiration.
During my recent visit to Ke Kula 'o Nāwahīokalani'ōpu'u Iki Public Charter School on Hawaii Island, I had the wonderful opportunity to meet with students of all ages, teachers, parents and administrators.