Diamond Head Hike
Last year I wrote a blog post about hiking Diamond Head. It is one of my favorite Hawaii blog posts. It has information about the history of Diamond Head and specifics of the Diamond Head Hike. When I hiked Diamond Head with my brother I had a different experience. I realized this Diamond Head Hike was very similar to my life.
The Diamond Head Hike should take around 1 1/2 to 2 hours roundtrip. On previous hikes I took my time to stop at the lookouts and take in the beautiful scenery. When I hiked with my brother we decided to time ourselves to see how fast we could get to the top. We started the timer and took off!
We made it to the top in less than 16 minutes. We were not able to jog because of the crowds so we were pleased with the time. When we got to the top we were rewarded with breathtaking views of Oahu.
It was fun to “race” to the top but we missed out on the enjoyment of the lookouts and the simple pleasure of the hike because we were so anxious to get to the top. I catch myself doing this in my day to day life. Instead of enjoying the moment I am busy checking off my to do list so I can “get to the top”. Life is short and precious. We miss out on many special moments because we are busy rushing around. In today’s society we spend more time checking our phones than checking to find out what is important to those sitting next to us. We are often thinking about what we need to accomplish next instead of simply taking time to cherish the now.
In Hawaii you may hear a reference to Aloha Time. Aloha Time is similar to Island Time but with the deeper meaning that things happen at the time they are meant to happen. With Aloha Time there are no deadlines but simply a divine plan unfolding. I think Aloha Time is what makes many Hawaii Vacations so refreshing. We finally stop and enjoy what is important. Next time you find yourself rushing “to the top” make yourself take the time to stop and smell the plumerias – the to do list will always be there but some of life’s precious moments will pass by in an instant.
Have you experienced Aloha Time?