(my last sunset pic from our bedroom window)
In Hawai'ian, goodbye means "ahui hou" or the more popular term, "aloha" which refers both to "hello" and "goodbye", "welcome" and "farewell".
I was a resident of Ewa Beach (pronounced eva) for 1 year, 10 months and 11 days (I arrived in Hawai'i in April 2007). Ewa Beach is located in the leeward side of Oahu, about 10 miles west of Honolulu, HI. Banabear and I lived in 2-storey, 4 bedroom house at Kauoha Place in Sonoma Prescott, Ewa by Gentry. Although our place was quite a travel from Waikiki and downtown Honolulu (I usually commute by The Bus), where the action is, I loved our house because it was spacious and situated in a quiet, peaceful and nice neighborhood. We were walking distance to the Ewa Town Center so we could do our grocery shopping anytime we want.
When Banabear retired from government service in November last year, he decided to move back to the mainland where he is from (he came to Hawaii on assignment). So, in December 2008, we put the house up for sale. Thirty-nine days after, despite this terrible real estate market, we were still very lucky to find a buyer who was willing to offer a reasonable price.
On March 1, 2009, we bid goodbye to Ewa Beach. What do I miss about the place? Aside from the good neighborhood, the long bus rides that I used to take in going to and from school (it was a long arduous travel) and the Filipino acquaintances I have gained at the bus.