I am a kimaina wahini raised in the Islands...favorite island is Hawaii, though, I was not raised on that island. I am a tall blonde - don't look Hawaiian but I am. I've been living in New Mexico and LOVE the diversified weather as well as the culture here. Left the islands when I was 18 and saw snow for the first time when I was 18. Now I've gone ape over snowy weather and the northern United States, including Montana, as well as Canada. Hawaii holds my soul, however!!!! I go back home every 2 years or so and hang (usually in Kona or Pearl City) for a couple weeks at a time.
Mahalo for your note!
Thanks for writing!