July 8th, 2016 / posted by paularath

 

A drive out Makapuu way can bring you back in touch with why we live Hawaii nei.

A drive out Makapuu way can bring you back in touch with why we live Hawaii nei.

It’s often hard to find a balance between hard work and rest and renewal.

We seem to have the idea that going holo holo must mean a trip away, at least to a Neighbor Island. But, you know, when you look up holo holo in the Hawaiian dictionary, it says “to go for a walk, ride or sail; to go out for pleasure, stroll, promenade.”

Can’t we, then, go holo holo any time, even here in busy Honolulu?

I think it can be as simple as changing up an old habit, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator just to feel our heart pump a little more.

A pause by the road to enjoy this incredible vista of sea and surfers.

A pause by the road to enjoy this incredible vista of sea and surf at Diamond Head.

Or how about structuring our day so we can have a little extra time to walk part of the way to our destination, or take a different route in our car? The other day, I avoided the freeway and thoroughly enjoyed a drive through Waikiki and around Diamond Head, where I stopped for a while to watch the surfers. It felt so wonderful!

A treasured tree in Kapiolani Park, one of my favorite walks.

A treasured tree in Kapiolani Park, one of my favorite walks.

Going holo holo can mean allowing time for moments of reflection, a pause by a favorite tree in a park or a visit to a favorite beach, just to sit and ponder.

Of course a museum is always a great place to go holo holo. I love visiting the Honolulu Museum of Arts and just sitting in one of the lovely, serene courtyards.

One of Deborah Nehmad's new works, "Wasted," a powerful and poignant trilogy on all the lives wasted by guns in America.

One of Deborah Nehmad’s new works, “Wasted,” a powerful and poignant trilogy on all the lives wasted by guns in America.

But of course the art can always take the mind to a different time and place as well. Don’t miss the current Hawaii Designers exhibition. I spent half an hour alone in the little enclave that houses Deborah Nehmad’s breathtaking – and thought-provoking – work.

Jerry goes holo holo to find a picturesque place to sketch and paint en plein air. Here he is at Malekahana Beach Park.

Jerry goes holo holo to find a picturesque place to sketch and paint. Here he is at Malaekahana Beach Park.

Some folks just cannot go holo holo without a purpose beyond simply gazing and reflecting. My husband Jerry is one of those people. He makes forays around the island to find places to sketch and paint en plein air. Just being outdoors and appreciating nature soothes his soul.

The sunset near Kaimana Beach.

The sunset near Kaimana Beach.

The one thing Jerry misses in our home deep in Nuuanu Valley is sunsets. So sometimes we just drive down to Waikiki or Diamond Head or Waterfront Park and sit and watch the sun as it dips down to end the day.

A hula halau performs at Center Stage.

A hula halau performs at Center Stage.

Shopping is no longer my thing (after many, many years of shopping as part of my job as a fashion writer) so I almost never go shopping without a specific goal in mind. But one day I had to run an errand at Ala Moana Center and what fun, and how refreshing, it was to take a few minutes and sit down to enjoy the hula at Center Stage. The malls frequently offer experiences beyond shopping. Have you been to any of the great concerts at Kahala Mall?

None of these things take much time or money, but they can certainly contribute to our sense of well-being. Hey, millions of people spend thousands of dollars to do the things we can do any time, any day, if we’ll just take a bit of time to go holo holo in Honolulu.

– Paula Rath

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