The beginning of my childhood was spent on an island, Oahu to be precise, and I didn’t know what it meant to wear shoes until I moved to the mainland at the age of 8. I also didn’t realize that Christmases could be white, that evergreens weren’t always palm trees, and that on the 5th day of Christmas you were gifted with 5 gold rings. I grew up singing that your Tutu gave you 5 big fat pigs, which I suppose goes with the 10 cans of beer you received on …you guessed it the 10th day! If you don’t believe me, check out how I learned the 12 Days of Christmas here.
I have always had a deep love for beaches, it is where I feel the most at peace. It probably stems from the fact that I spent my first 7 years of life running around on them. With my feet buried in the warm sand, and my eyes closed against the salty mist, my worries fade away with each wave that crashes against the shore. I suppose for me, it’s a place where all things come full circle, where each element is present. My affinity for the ocean, and my childhood connection to the Polynesian culture, is largely why I chose Hawaii as a setting for Sea of Dreams. The mythology of the islands is something that I have always been fascinated with, and I hope that one day soon I will be able to escape the bone-chilling winters and visit the islands once again.
The song Mele Kalikimaka is something I remember listening to as a kid, along with the entire Christmas album by Nat King Cole. The Christmas Song will always hold a special place in my heart, it is one of my mother’s favorites and is still a song that can bring tears to my eyes. However you celebrate, whatever the tradition, I wish everyone peace and love this holiday season. Mele Kalikimaka and Hau’oli Makahiki Hou to you all!