Today I'm Going Where It All Began

Photo by the AMAZING Monique Saenz
We have ALWAYS loved Laie, and today we're going for some much needed family time and r&r. I always wanted to grow up there, with cousins and grandparents and aunties and uncles all just a short walk away. Keola went through a REALLY difficult time in his younger days and came to Laie for college, where through good friends and nurturing mentors he was able to put the past behind him.
It's where we started being "us."
Laie is probably the closest thing to Utopia for us. It's where we grew into who we are now, and if an opportunity ever came for us to move there, we'd do it in a heartbeat. Sure Laie has its' problems just like any other place, but it's the one place where both Keola and I feel like we're at home. Kahului is Keola's home, and the Hilo is mine, but Laie is all ours and I can't wait to be there.
We land tonight and I cannot wait for that (hopefully) moonlit drive down the windward coast. Please pray that the rain stops before then. Also, pray that Noweo is not a screaming banshee tonight. We're flying late in the hope that she sleeps for most of it. She doesn't do so good in unfamiliar places (including cars) and the hour long drive home could be heaven...or hell. I'd rather deal with her in the morning when she wakes up and realizes she's not in Kansas anymore.
This should be fun!