I haven't been back to Hawaii in 18 years. My mom hasn't been back for 32 years! My 11 year old daughter has never been. I take a vacation every year, this year I let my dsughter pick and she chose Hawaii! I used to live in Volcano, Hi., and I went to high school at Waiakea High School located in Hilo. This was way back in 1986. I got the chance to visit again in 2000. I was/am very close with a Hawaiian family who's son was my best friend. Going back after all this time it was like I had never left. Our Hawaiian family welcomed us home with open arms, and it was amazing to rekindle the aloha and feel the ohana again after all these years. My daughter Alison at Poipu beach in Kauai.