Soaked in Paradise

Soaked in paradise, Kauai, HII live on the island of Kauai, HI – a tropical paradise highlighted by majestic mountains, magical rainbows & waterfalls and of course, surrounded by the crystal blue Pacific Ocean.

On the evening of March 3rd, it started to rain here – not an unusual event at this time of year.

What was unusual was the severe, continuous downpour that continued for several days thereafter and wreaked havoc on the beautiful Garden Island.

Each time it seemed there would be a break in the weather, Mother Nature changed her mind and heavy rains returned . . . a mudslide happened . . . a power line or tree went down and closed a road.

Such destruction had not been seen on the island in more than 20 (some say 25) years.

What serves as my inspiration for this post is the “aloha spirit” – a spirit I’ve repeatedly seen during times of need on Kaua`i. It’s social networking at its best.

Everyone here rallies in an effort to help one another. Be it someone who is ill and needs financial assistance (so the community holds a fundraiser) to those, like me, who end up displaced from their home due to flooding.

Friends came to assist me, make sure I was safe and accommodate me in their own home. At a time that one might panic, others did their best to remain calm, assess the situation and do the best they could to help given the circumstances.

Web designer Jennifer Bourn once wrote this in one of her past blogs, “We all hit bumps in the road and while at first the outlook may be grim, when we take a deep breath and look at the big picture there is usually a silver lining that leads to bigger and better things.”

While things looked grim for the last 9 days on Kaua`i, the silver lining was a sense of community that rang loud and clear – especially on the north shore, where I live – not to mention, the awesome waterfalls that now grace the mountains that overlook Hanalei.

When you’ve hit a bump in the road what was the silver lining revealed to you? Please share it in the comments section below. I’d love to hear from you.

Stay safe & dry.

Debra Jason

Marketing & writing with heart, not hype at at The Write Direction
A recipient of the “Creative Person of the Year” award, Debra educates and empowers creative solopreneurs and enthusiastic business owners to create a lifestyle business that provides them with the flexibility, fun and freedom to do what they love. She also inspires you to communicate your marketing message in a way that captivates and converts your prospects into loyal, raving fans - even if you have been struggling with how to transform your ideas into words in the past.

Comments

  1. You sure had an unusual opportunity to test that aloha spirit – maybe something the local newspaper should read? While you personally are a large reason your friends were there for you, Debra, I can clearly remember the friendliness and warmth of the Kauai’ people when my husband and I spent our honeymoon there. Glad you can find the positive in what was such a difficult time!
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    • @Andrea, there have been many articles in the newspaper and letters to the editor. In times like these, the aloha spirit shines bright on Kauai. I wasn’t here after Hurricane Iniki (1992), but I’ve heard many stories of how everyone rallied to help one another at that time. And, I’ve seen people in need when they’re stricken with cancer (or other disease) and folks come to their aid holding fundraisers to assist with the financial burden.

      The thing is, I don’t think it’s unique to Kauai, but it seems to be more noticeable here – perhaps ’cause it’s smaller. I was in NY on Sept. 11th and remember the feeling back then (as I’m sure you remember only too well as well) – everyone couldn’t do enough to help their fellow men & women.

      I hope you get to return to Kauai someday soon and celebrate an anniversary here. I’d love to see you.

  2. Great Debra. I love to hear stories of how we help each other out when the going gets tough. One thing that I learned is that we do indeed have a planet full of souls who wish to do good for one another.
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    • Hi @Justin, what you say is true. I think there are people all over the planet who want to help others.
      We often don’t hear enough about them until something like a storm, tsuanami, hurricane, etc. happens. However, you and I both know they’re out there.
      Thanks for your sharing your thoughts. Much appreciated.
      ~Debra

  3. I’ve been to Kauai twice, first time in 1987 and again March 1-10, 1993 six months after Hurricane Iniki hit her head on (September 11, 1992.

    I had planned a trip to Kauai,
    my heaven on earth
    …preparing to die
    But a hurricane came by
    and provided me rebirth
    I was better off alive

    I had planned to leave for Kauai
    on the twelfth of September,
    the year nineteen ninety two
    But the day before,
    on September eleventh
    God spoke as Hurricane Iniki
    barreled through

    My plans on suicide died
    as I realized the truth
    The many hard lessons
    I was forced to learn
    were the ones handed to me
    while still a youth

    On the night of September eleventh,
    the year of 1992
    I was given life and a new beginning
    …the wheels of truth were spinning
    With purpose, I realized
    I had so much yet to do

    The many hard lessons
    I was forced to learn
    were preparation courses
    for the days ahead
    And in March of 1993,
    Kauai I did return
    the cradle of my life,
    the beauty its bed

    Rick J. Fico
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    • Aloha Rick,
      Glad to see that Kauai saved your life and began your healing process.
      Here’s to gratitude as well as to your happiness, contentment & success.
      Thanks for sharing. ~Debra

  4. Susan Wagner says:

    I will be moving to Kauai within the year. Really looking forward to the “Aloha” of the island as you described. Been to the island 4 times in my life and have never visited any of the other Hawaiian Islands. Hoping to be able to do so once settling in on Kauai.

    This is something that my husband and I have discussed for a long, long time and excited that it is finally coming to fruition. Any suggestion or advise on making the move which should be in the beginning of 2016.

    Thank you,

    Susan

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