Lucky you live Hawaii, compared to everyone else
IF you are reading a print-edition copy of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin,
there is just one question to ask you at this moment.
Do you know how fortunate you are?
Hawaii has been designated as a sight to see along one of Holland America Line's top seven scenic cruises of a lifetime.
It also will be featured on the Travel Channel as one of "1,000 Places to See Before You Die."
And you live here!
We take for granted the balmy trades, year-round sunshine -- except, of course, during rainy season -- our multi-ethnically inspired local-kine-grinds, the aloha spirit and the way we make family where no blood connection exists.
Naturally, the Holland America Line designation was created as a way to sell cruises and the write-up was sent out to media outlets around the world in hopes some would pick up the "story."
At least we were mentioned, as were Antarctica and the Chilean fjords; the Norwegian fjords; the Panama Canal; the fall foliage along the U.S. Eastern Seaboard; Australia and the New Zealand fiords; and finally, the Alaska glaciers.
Why fiord is spelled differently in New Zealand is unclear, but your columnist is confident that if Hawaii had fiords or fjords, we would be on Holland America's list twice.
The Travel Channel series isn't going to air until March, so it is probably too early to set your VCR, DVR or TiVo.
It will showcase Colorado newlyweds Albin and Melanie Ulle traveling to some of the "1,000 Places to See Before You Die," listed in the Patricia Schultz book that inspired the reality show. The Ulles were chosen from among 900 couples to make the trips and tape the episodes, having agreed to quit their jobs to do so.
Kihei back on top
Friday's future FM station auction action at the Federal Communications Commission found the yet-unbuilt 107.5 FM in Kihei back atop the biggest bid-getter list.
The more than $1.1 million bid by Maui-based Visionary Related Entertainment Inc. in Round 13 held for the next and final round of the week.
Rounds moved at a quicker clip, with six rounds on Friday after four on Wednesday and four on Thursday. Friday's bids for the Kihei station went from Visionary to LiveAir Communications Inc., of Massachusetts, Shirk-Mays LLC of Indiana and back to Visionary. Bidding resumes Tuesday, after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
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