Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Hau'oli Makahiki Hou, Hawaii!!

Hau'oli Makahiki Hou! ♥ Happy New Year!

I hope you had a Merry Christmas and I wish you all the best life has to offer for 2013! I'm very excited to be publishing my first post here at the stroke of midnight Hawaii time! That's starting the new year off right... one of my goals for this year accomplished already :)

I finally decided to start the Hawaii... Escape to Paradise blog because the website's not going to be ready for a bit. (I'm building the site in my spare time and I don't have a whole lot of it.) But I want to start sharing Aloha with you ♥

You see, from the very first time I visited Hawaii back in 1987, I've had a deep heartfelt connection with the Islands. I'm drawn to them in a very profound way and feel more at home when I'm there than I do here in Rhode Island where I've lived all my life! 

So, little by little, in a labor of love I've been working on a website all about Hawaii... the islands, the people, Hawaiian culture and language, and all sorts of great ways to share my love of Hawaii with you... and fun ways for you to share yours with me, too!

I hope you'll join the Hawaii ETP ohana (family)! You can stop by, feel the aloha spirit, talk story, celebrate and share your love for the Islands of Hawaii with fellow Hawaii-lovers from around the world! We can share our photos, stories and all our favorite things to do and places to see in the Islands so we have ourselves a nice little place to escape when we need a break... even if it's just for a few minutes or an hour.

I've also decided to relocate to Hawaii. It's been quite a long time coming and I'm really looking forward to finally living in the place my heart calls home. I'll be sharing that journey with you here on the blog. It's going to be an enormous undertaking moving my whole life and my company 5,000 miles... all the way across the Country into the middle of the Pacific Ocean. But I'm so excited about it! There are a whole lot of things to take care of so it's gonna take a while, but I'm reeeeeeally hoping 2013 will be the year! 

It's all up to this cute little guy though. Meet my fur baby, Niko. Isn't he precious? (Asks the proud and very blessed Eskie Mom!) He's my most important consideration. I need to be sure I can relocate him safely because he means the world to me. He just turned 14 years old so there's a lot to think about with such a big move; especially because of the quarantine regulations in Hawaii. But, he had his first round of necessary testing and he passed! So, we're taking it one day at a time, deciding carefully and, although I would leave right this minute if there was only me to consider, the timing of this move is all in Niko's cute, white fuzzy paws.

Thanks for visiting and letting me share a bit of my story with you! Now it's your turn. Leave a comment below and introduce yourself... I'd love to meet you :) 


  1. What an awesome blog, Debi!! It looks so wonderful, I want to grab my bathing suit and jump on a plane! :D Wishing you all that your heart desires in 2013. xoxo Nikki

    1. Hi Nikki! Thank you so much! I'm glad you like it. Well, once I'm there you'll have to jump on a plane and come visit :D Yay!! All the best to you and everything your heart desires in 2013, too! Aloha ♥ xoxo ♥