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Intentional Tourists

Our home sits on the west side, up the ridge from the flight path that airlines use coming into Oahu. Each day, we imagine the thousands of tourists arriving on the island filled with the excitement of a dream vacation. That was us, 31 years ago, arriving for our honeymoon, the trip that resulted in our determination to make Oahu our home. While living here is a dream come true, day-to-day reality is a bit different from being on vacation, where fun and relaxation are all that’s on the agenda. The demands of creating, publishing and distributing the magazine keeps us very busy.

In April, Natural Awakenings Hawaii successfully completed the steps to become a Blue Zones Project Participating Organization. The Blue Zones Project helps communities develop healthier lifestyles and is based on a world-wide study of places where people routinely live to be 100 years old. For more details, see the Blue Zones article. 

We also achieved Better Business Bureau Accreditation with an A+ rating—the highest possible—based on more than a dozen factors.

These achievements support the development of a healthier and more robust community and the growth of Natural Awakenings Hawaii magazine as well.

April also brought news that cost of producing our magazine will increase due to new government-imposed tariffs on printing paper. With so much going on, it’s easy to be so focused on work that we lose sight of taking time to play.

To help overcome that tendency, we have decided that we will intentionally pretend to be tourists whenever we get the chance. We started by driving into Honolulu on a Friday afternoon to see the Friday evening fireworks. We sat among the tourists, glowing with sun and vacation joy, and the excitement was contagious. Now, when we travel around the island, we make sure to pull into scenic turnoffs and stop to browse in little gift shops, just to take just a moment to cherish the unique opportunity it is to live in paradise. We have a beach date coming up soon as well.

This month’s edition has great articles about women’s health and natural health options for everyone. In preparing for this edition, we reached out to the community and asked for insider information about topics related to women’s health. The response was great, and we are sure you will enjoy the insights being offered. There are articles about women’s oral health, osteoporosis, headaches, oriental facials, yoni steaming and girlfriends. And be sure to read Lani Kwon’s article about “Making Family Ties Work through Co-Parenting and Parallel Parenting.”

We will be at the Body Mind Spirit Expo at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center, on Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6. Please be sure to stop in and say hello. We love meeting our readers!

In Gratitude,



Beckie and Bud Kowalski, Publishers






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