HELLO ALL! I am so excited and thankful for you to join my on me new adventure! I am starting a weekly email newsletter that will tell you a bit about myself and what’s happening in my life that week as well as AWESOME information about all different kinds of places, destinations, people, and wildlife!
My passion is not only travel, but to get in touch with the people, animals, and the land in places I visit. Past, present, and in turn the future. I live in Southeast Texas and our culture here is so different from the Rockies territory or the Northeast Atlantic coast. Not to mention the rest of the world. Yet, we are all people and we can all relate to each other.
The easiest and best way to make a connection with a place and it’s people is to submerge yourself in their culture while you’re in it. For exampe, it could be as simple as taking a walking tour in Telluride where the history still literally lives. One of the coolest things I like about Colorado is driving around the mountains and seeing old buildings or reminisce of old minds. Just from the road!!! It’s so easy to imagine the life people lived at one time just trying to make their fortunes.
I want to pass this passion on to my clients. Not only go on vacation, but finding a connection as well. A connection with the people, nature, or a connection with yourself. I have found in my latest travels that I’m in love with the West and the connection I feel with myself after being there is absolutely rejuvenating. It’s the “spirit” of the West that just grabs a hold of me and tells me I can do whatever I put my time and energy into. It’s calming and invigorating at the same time! I want to connect people with places that make them feel the same.
Polynesian Cultural Center
Anyone who knows anything about me knows that Hawai’i holds a very special place in my heart. The Islands have a vibe like none other that can only be understood by experiencing it. The first time I went was in 2007 to Oahu with one of my best friends and her family. I was hooked. We did absolutely everything you could do as a tourist on the island. One of my favorites was the Polynesian Cultural Center.
It is a 42 acre living museum located on the North Shore owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and opened in 1963. There are eight simulated tropical villages which include Hawai’i, Samoa, Fiji, Tahiti, Tonga, Aotearoa (native New Zealand), the Marquesas Islands, and a special tribute to Easter Island. The most interesting and awesome aspect of the cultural center is all the people working in the different villages are ACTUALLY from there! How cool is that?! So not only are you on the wonderful island of Oahu, but you get to meet and experience seven other islands! Watch native dances, learn to do the hula, watch how the natives climbed palm trees to gather coconuts, talk to people about their island, the possibilities of learning here are endless! We did the private tour option, so we had tour guide the whole time (he was from New Zealand) telling us all kinds of different information we would of otherwise not known. The extra money is definitely worth it.
To top off this fabulous place there is a little extra kick to it. Most all the people who are working there are students at BYU-Hawai’i. They come from their islands and work at the Cultural Center as part of a scholarship program. How AWESOME is that?! You get to learn about different cultures of the Polynesian islands and they get to receive an education they would not be able to have access to on their island. I think that is pretty cool.