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Aloha, Hawaii

By Danielleabroad @danielleabroad
Recently, AG Sessions declared his amazement that a judge "on an island in the Pacific" could block Trump's immigration order. He was referring to U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson, a federal judge hailing from the state of Hawai`i, who indefinitely extended the court order against that revised travel ban on Wednesday, March 29th.—the day before I flew to Honolulu for the very first time.
aloha, hawaii Going to Hawai`i for work was definitely a treat (those flights are expensive!), but I didn't expect to love the Pacific isles annexed by the U.S. in 1959. I've seen too many cheesy movies and shows; and I'm hardly the ideal candidate for whatever the Aloha spirit is.
aloha, hawaii But... then I touched down into retro-humidity and glanced out at the cloud-topped mountains in the distance and gasped in thrill. Hawaii! I was faraway yet still within the bounds of my home country, and it was unlike any place I'd ever known or been.
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