I flew from Kauai to Honolulu three days ago. In Kauai, I spent 6 relaxing days sitting at the beach, playing golf IN ADDITION TO writing several articles, preparing for the course, and receiving and sending tons of e-mails. (My problem is nobody believed that I did some work, though I was quite productive!)   

  I was a bit nervous as my flight to Honolulu was at 6:30 a.m. in order to make the flight to Narita at 8:30 a.m. I got even more nervous as I found out that Aloha Airlines went bankrupt and stopped flying on April 1(It was no April fool!) 

    It was quite a coincidence that I read the article of channel swimmers–those who swam between islands (such as Molokai to Kauai, etc.) in the flight magazine which also stated that the distance between Lihue, Kauai and Honolulu, Oahu is 40 miles (but NOT for driving!).     

  I made a flight from Honolulu to Narita without any incident and arrived with half an hour delay only. I then rushed to Kawana near Ito that evening to make a dinner speech at one of the retreat of the group of business executives. I made it in time, though it was cutting a bit too close here and there.

   It was quite a contrast to see two different scenes of the Pacific Ocean.  One that I saw in Hawaii looked very blue (almost green) with tropical flowers in bright colors nearby. The other I saw several hours later in Ito was much darker in color with light pink cherry blossoms. They looked so different and gave very different feeling, and yet, both of them had its own beauty.    It made me think how different we see of the same thing, and how unique and beautiful each one is.

  Accepting and appreciating differences whether it is the scenery, trees, flowers, food, culture, or views, is sometimes difficult, and yet it makes life so interesting and exciting. I think it is a great idea to get away from what we are used to once in a while and see what lies in the distand land or different fields. We may find the beauty of things different from what we are used to. When we come back to our home town or home base, so to speak, we may appreciate our own even more.