I'm so sorry I've been cheating on you. What can I say, I can love more than 1 place at a time. Deal with it. No, no, really I'm sorry. You deserve better from me. After all, you are the place of my birth, where my immigrant roots go back 4 generations. My great-grandfather found his way here, and started the family in the coffee life; for some cousins, it still continues. For me, I just drink the stuff.
Kona, I love you more when I go away and get my "city fix" somewhere, Honolulu or somewhere on the mainland. Though, you are still having growing pains, and some traffic issues, it is nothing like Honolulu. I can STILL find parking in town most of the time when I want to. And we are not cut-throat drivers here. I love your more relaxed pace. And then there is your natural beauty.
There is a reason, Kona, that the Ali'i of the past would come here for vacations, and also that King Kamehameha settled here in his later years. The resources of the sea and the land were bountiful and beautiful. That still continues, and it is why so many of my friends are attracted here, and also that so much of my family has continued to live here. Thank you for that, Kona. And let's not forget the sea creatures that are likewise drawn to our shores for your bounty.
Okay, so you've got a problem with vog. Nobody's perfect. And it only serves to remind us that we live on an island that hosts an active volcano. There is something powerful about living on such an island. There is mana in that; Pele is our volatile sister. You may not enjoy her, but you lovingly respect her. And, it's almost as if we get these gorgeous sunsets in compensation.
Kona, I really appreciate your "ahupua`a" -ness (with apologies to Hawaiian language purists). In ancient Hawaii, the land was organized into ahupua`a, a land division "from the mountain to the sea," so that members of an ahupua`a could share resources with each other. Kona, you are known for your plentiful ocean resources; your middle agricultural areas are also acknowledged for fertile soil; and your upland forest areas are lush and lovely. You're the total package.
So Kona, I do love you. I do appreciate you. You are important to me. I thank you for being lovely and laid-back, for giving me a history, for giving me a home.