Aloha!

In putting together this issue of HILuxury Magazine, I was reminded of a nugget from a college philosophy course long ago: That no object can exist physically if it does not first exist in a non-physical realm – that is, until somebody first conceives of the idea.

And you have to be impressed with the minds that created some of the products we’re bringing to you in this issue – such as the King Kong Carl McKee Custom jungle gym set. Weighing five tons, with more than 4,000 board feet of lumber and a footprint as big as some houses, it makes you want to be a kid again.

I certainly felt like a kid with the coolest toy while sailing aboard the Transpac yacht Hugo Boss II for a story. I learned to sail back in Santa Cruz, Calif., aboard Merlin, the Bill Lee-designed 69-footer that in 1977 won the first of its three Transpacs. In setting a record for the 2,200-mile crossing from Long Beach to Diamond Head that stood for 20 years, Merlin hit 16 knots, which Lee said was “like driving a motor boat without the motor.” Fast forward – very fast – 30 years to 2007, and Hugo Boss II hit 21 knots during Transpac, and in big winds can sail at 30 knots.

And whatever your taste in toys – whether it’s fabulous new watches, a Ferrari cell phone, gems of Harry Winston, the fall collection of ladies’ coats, the latest golf drivers, the art of Charles Higa or the newest from Jaguar – somewhere brilliant people conceived of these products and then brought them to life.

At HILuxury, it’s our pleasure to bring these concepts and products to you.

It’s also our pleasure to introduce Hawaii’s royalty – cover subjects Prince Vittorio and Princess Dialta Alliata Di Montereale. They could live anywhere in the world, but choose Honolulu. Their reasons remind us of just what a special place this is, and how good the good life here can be.