Editor’s Note


Though I see myself as a generally happy person, there are a few times when my inner curmudgeon makes an outward appearance: in traffic (if you have ever fallen victim to my road rage, my sincerest apologies!), and when I hear my brother discussing his summer vacation plans. I get quite envious of his month-long respite from the office, while my sister-in-law updates her Facebook page with vacation scenes during their yearly getaway. Thankfully, the feeling goes as quickly as it came, and I revert back to the semi-normal version of me.

But summer vacation… just the thought of it takes me back to school days-when my Filofax was blank and the only things on my agenda were late mornings, road-trip packing lists and the giddy anticipation of the carefree days the next 10 weeks would bring.

Fast forward x-number of years later, though “vacations in bulk” are no longer the standard for me, I do get to revel in mini-getaways, which more than make up for it. As HILuxury publisher Linda Woo mentions in her note, our recent excursion to Kaua’i was one for the books. Or as good fortune would have it, one for ours…

Also in this issue, you’ll come across a slew of other subjects to serve as either inspiration to make your own summer plans or trips to follow to a tee. Whether you decide to explore our nation’s capital (“Capital Thrill,” page 108), follow the Grand Prix in style (“Laps of Luxury,” page 114) or visit the vast vineyards of Chile (“Land of Plenty,” page 126) there’s lots to do beyond Hawai’i’s shores.

Cover photo of PIERCE BROSNAN by MARK ARBEIT. Read our cover story on page 72.

Cover photo of PIERCE BROSNAN by MARK ARBEIT. Read our cover story on page 72.

And just because you’re island-bound, it doesn’t mean these next two months have to be ho-hum. A quick jaunt to the Big Island for a round of golf may be just the break you need between those regular staff meetings- just make sure to stop by the Hualalai Grille for dinner. Editor Lianne Bidal Thompson gives as the delicious play-by-play, one course at a time on page 118. If you prefer to hook your own dinner, flip to page 122 and get the inside scoop on big-game fishing. We talk to Hugh Foster for a few tricks of the trade.

The summer season also means less is more, at least when it comes to clothing. Our sultry fashion spread should give the ladies some ideas on sporting a sexy ensemble. As for men’s looks? We opted to keep things casual with outfits that are city-slick.

However you decide to spend the summer days that lie ahead, just remember to completely immerse yourself in the experience. If you’re on vacation, please… don’t think about work. But if you’re at work, well… a daydream probably won’t hurt, but make it a quick one! Aloha.

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