My husband, his twin brother, and their older sister were born in Hawaii. My husband lived there until he was about eight-years-old and then he moved back to the mainland with his mom (my *mother-in-law) and his siblings.
During our courtship and marriage, I have been fascinated about this part of my hubby’s life. A big contribution to this fascination is the way my mother-in-law becomes all dreamy eyed and animated when she talked about her life in Hawaii.
[Summary of the contemporary version.]
K: Did you know they were remaking Hawaii Five-O?
MIL: The question is why?????? No I didn’t.
K: OK, I have more nosey questions. How long did you live in Hawaii?
MIL: 12+ years
K: What made you decide to move there?
MIL: Too long of an answer and too involved etc.
K: [giggle] Would you ever move back?
MIL: No, unless to outer island. Also [I] would need much more disposable income because toooooo far away from everyone. That was a reason for moving back; the age of my grandmother, [my] kids didn’t know their grandparents. I don’t even need to visit again. Never really felt I was in the tourist role. Too many changes last time.
K: ¡Viva multigenerational living! Did you watch the original Hawaii Five-O?
MIL: Of course. Don (the father K’s hubby) was even in a couple of episodes as an extra. We did those sessions like you-all (meaning Kanesha and her girlfriends) do the Oscars! It was always fun trying to figure out where they were.
K: Who were your favorite characters?
MIL: The Hawaiian guy of course.
K: [bigger giggle] Did you ever see the original being filmed while you were living in Hawaii?