I'll admit it. My favorite state is Hawaii. Currently my husband and I are planning another Hawaiian vacation. I'm so excited, and as usual, I need to do something that helps me keep going until the big departure day. Sometimes I get my Hawaii fix by reading a book set in Hawaii. Other times watching a movie made in Hawaii settles my eagerness to drive to the airport 21 days early. I'll pore over our photo albums of previous trips, seeking that tranquility and vitality I feel with every visit. Or I'll play my CDs of Hawaiian music such as those of Iz or Henry Kapono.
But this time nothing is working. I really need the calm and serenity Hawaii brings me, and I need it yesterday. I can't unwind at all and I have more than three weeks until our flight across the Pacific. I am desperate for the lush greenery and black sand beaches, the majestic waterfalls and bright colors of exotic flowers. I can feel the drums beating for the hula dancers and hear the conch shell's echo.
In my desperation, I turn to Netflix and my personal library. I could watch TV series like Hawaii Five-O, Baywatch reruns, or Magnum PI reruns. Or I could reread some literary favorites like, Hawaii by James Michener, Flirting With Forty by Jane Porter, or The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings. But I've read all those books more than once. They just make me yearn for Hawaii more than before, which does not make my situation easier.
So I glance through the options in DVD format: Blue Hawaii and two other entertaining Elvis Presley offerings, 50 First Dates, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall for lighthearted humor, and for completely different movies there is the SyFy Channel original film, Supergator or the biography, Soul Surfer. Don't forget the classic drama, From Here to Eternity.
I reach for Elvis and I already feel my blood pressure decreasing. Is it his rousing voice, his swaying hips, or is it Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach that provoke my spirit? I can't say. I only know that Blue Hawaii works. I realize I don't need to calm myself for Hawaii; I need to awaken myself. I need to be alert to the beauty and wonder of Hawaii to fully enjoy the intoxicating serenity. And I just need to think of Elvis dancing to "Rock-a-Hula Baby" and know that I'll soon be enjoying my own Hawaiian sunset.
Victoria M. Johnson knew by the time she was ten that she wanted to be a writer. She loves telling stories and she's happiest when creating new characters and new plots. She is also the writer and director of four short films and two micro documentaries. Avalon Books and Montlake Romance published Victoria's fiction debut, The Doctor’s Dilemma, (A 2012 Bookseller’s Best double finalist). Her other fiction book is a collection of romance short stories titled, The Substitute Bride. Visit Victoria's website at http://VictoriaMJohnson.com for inspiration and tips and find her Amazon author page at http://amzn.com/e/B0046CG6PQ or connect with her on Pinterest and Twitter.