Although this editorial is written a few days before Thanksgiving and, therefore, without the benefit of a stomach full of turkey and stuffing, one aspect of the holiday seems destined to have occurred:
At some point on Thursday, all of us who live on Maui realized we have a cornucopia of blessings to be thankful for.
Yes, we are blessed with the best weather and the most beautiful scenery on Earth. Our melting pot of races and ethnic backgrounds has produced a varied and spectacularly good-looking citizenry.
And, most importantly, our citizens are armed with Aloha - a spirit of continuous caring for family, friends, neighbors and visitors. Those of us who were not raised here marvel every day at a social fabric where nonprofits, governments, businesses and caring individuals work together to fend for the less fortunate.
We transplants here are indoctrinated into the spirit of Aloha. Soon, you become "uncles" and "aunties" of your friends' children. There is an important responsibility with this honor - you must strive to be a good example for those children. And that striving makes you a better person.
So, though this Thanksgiving expression may appear a couple of days late, it is genuine. We realize how lucky we are to live on Maui.
It's our sincere hope that you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that the rest of the holiday seasons is a joyous and prosperous one.
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