Yes, Hawaii is not perfect and there are social ills here. There are ongoing environmental, social, and cultural battles to be fought here here. But we are also blessed. When you hear about the struggles in other places, sadly still ongoing, in particular the persecution and execution of those who dare to speak out, you have got to be thankful for what we do have here.
When your aim in traveling is to be a better citizen of the world, you have to be open to learning about the world. Traveling, to me, is not about stimulating the senses, although I love this too, especially when it comes to food. Traveling takes you out of your comfort zone, and this makes you open to learning.
Serendipity: An aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident. (Dictionary.com)
Before I go on a trip, I do some research (Trip Advisor, Afar, online searches) so I have a sense of what to see and do. That's normal, right? You don't want to go to a place you've never been before and then find out later that THE most marvelous thing was right on the next block and you totally missed it. But I have had wonderful experiences that came to me by accident, by serendipity. So much so, that it makes you go, hmmmm..... how did that happen? What is the Universe trying to tell me?
Diane Aoki is a writer who explores other modes of creativity as her intuition leads her.