In honor of #WorldBookDay, my best-selling bestie Antonio and a chapter sneak peak from my best seller in progress. Voila 6000 from bride to oceanside. Mahalo & cheers! Akasha [Update 3/3/16 original adventure a few summers ago.]
I subscribe to the adage “Work hard, play hard”...just not the “leave a good-looking corpse” abrupt ending. But I digress: I’ve had years as an event planner and some great opportunities to plan some wedding ceremonies in many settings. I was asked to plan a wedding with 6000 miles from bride to oceanside (East Coast to events on two Hawaiian islands). While planning this traditional Hawaiian wedding and reception I jetted off to Maui to meet the local contacts.
Apparently I should make more friends with jets that island-hop in Hawaii. A recent invite to experience Mauna Kea Beach Hotel piqued my interest - never mind that I was currently on Maui and had to pop over to Hawaii’s Big Island in time for lunch. I was working hard as the flight I had booked played hard to get. Enter the 9-seater, nail-biter Indiana Jones plane as my only option...and it was partly to mostly windy. This was still better than a 3 flight connection. Hawaiian Airlines has the most flights between islands; I just couldn’t get a seat. “The Spirit of Maui” plane flew low and erratically with several roller coaster moments. Oh, I like roller coasters; I’ve just never been blown off course in one while dangling over Pacific whitecaps. (Did I just see a shark circling below?!) Well, I distracted myself with intimate views of all three Big Island volcanoes as we flew by. And exhale.
I was ready for the serene Kohala Coast and Mauna Kea, nestled along the vibrant Pacific blues, earthy greens of a world-class golf course and their Maui-esque white sand beach. We made it in time for an Aloha Friday meal crafted with local ingredients, including organic Big Island beef and plenty of “lokomaika‘i" (sharing with kindness from within). There are numerous on-site dining options.
I’d been especially impressed with Mauna Kea’s welcoming hospitality, relaxed beach vibe and local flair. When scouting for events, staff set up a special terrace table for unobstructed sunset views paired with the freshest salads and an unexpected appearance of my favorite light airy muffin, the popover! I’ve enjoyed lavish brunch buffets, the freshest Hawaii fruit and whale watching while sipping guava juice on the lanai.
Many of the guests request Mauna Kea as their lasting impression of the Big Island. ”Could we please take one more look at their ocean vista and walk in the waves before we head to the airport?” I share their sentiments. I’ll return to show off the enomatic wine experience to foodies and plenty of other lux venues for weddings, celebrations and honeymoons!
I’m pleased to report that the bride and groom had smooth travel from Maine to Maui and Mauna Kea. Their ceremony was serene, inspired and heartfelt. All of the leg work, hang time and white knuckle moments were worth it! In the meantime I’ll work on those connections…
UPDATE: I was invited to write my first book, a transformational story about my journey from starving artist/screenwriter/filmmaker in LA to discovering my strengths, brand and business
Yes I am researching the right fit for my travel thriller series with a traditional publisher...and then I'll jump back into those screenplays.
I now get by with a little help from my friends. :)
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