Haiku Poem – ハワイ呼ぶ

playground by the sea
gentle winds caress the land
my home Hawaii

(Jim version)
うみ が まつ いつも そよかぜ はわい よぶ

(Michiko version)
しまじま に かぜ の あいさつ あろは しゅう

I am very fortunate to have been able to travel all over the Pacific area and have lived in both Japan and Australia which I loved very much but my home will always be Hawaii. All year long there are certain things that I have only found here. The way the trade winds blow at different times of the year and all the beautiful sights to see which make all the islands unique amongst themselves. Since I live in Oahu, Waikiki takes up a very special place. Even though it is full of people, I never have the feeling that it is crowded. I am always happy to see so many people from all over the world enjoying my home! On Waikiki beach you can see people from Japan sitting next to people from Europe smiling and talking to people from New York! It makes me happy to see such a variety of people here. It is as if it is a safe haven from the troubles the rest of the world has to face. Even though it is a small island I have never had “Island Fever”. In fact, it is the opposite! I feel very safe on my little island in the middle of the Pacific ocean surrounded by beauty.


Collaborative Haiku Poem
– Jim Woodhull
– Japanese by Jim Woodhull and Nakamura Michiko
– Photo by Jim

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