Lani Lowell | Hitchhiking the Kauai Universe (Live)

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Hitchhiking the Kauai Universe (Live)

by Lani Lowell

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Genre: Holiday: Spoken Word
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Lani loves the Hawaiian Islands and has written about bodysurfing its shores and about the many famous people who have picked her up in their car, Graham Nash, Bill Kreutzman of the Grateful dead, Craig T Nelson,and Bill Mello with whom she co wrote 2 musicals featured here at cdbaby. Below is travel writer/columnist for the Orlando Sentinel Terry Ward's feature about me when she gave me a ride:
Young and Restless, Column 22, by Terry Ward

"In Kauai, the steady stream of Mustang convertibles piloted by blissed out honeymooners along the island's equivalent of A1A (actually 21 couples gave me rides up till then) ,but during the first visit to Hawaii last month, I was stoked by how easy it was to get past the stereotypical tourism industry images of lagoon pools, swaying palms and pineapple-garnished mai-tais (all of which, of course, abound).

I've never been one to go gaga for surf and sand.

But so Gaugin-esque is Kauai's topography that being on the island feels like deja vu in Eden

Just north of the town of Lihue, where planes roar in from Los Angeles and Honolulu and the island's ubiquitous helicopter tours lift skyward like spiders up a silkspun strand, I did something quite out of character.

I picked up a hitchhiker.

I think it was the contagious if cliche aloha spirit mixed with empathy for my fellow traveler that saw me pull onto the shoulder for an outstretched thumb.

Lani Lowell was her name, and her sun bleached ponytail, purple backpack overflowing with loose papers and wiry frame bounding toward my rental car assured me she wasn't likely to have an axe in tow.

She was a psychoanalyst-turned-aspiring-screenplay writer, Lani told me. And as it turned out, I was joining a distinguished line of drivers who had pulled over in Hawaii to give her a lift as there'd been the drummer for the Grateful Dead, Graham Nash of Crosby Stills Nash and Young, a NASA physicist, Chinese honeymooners and a Tibetan Buddhist monk from Mongolia via Russia who'd been touring the island by motorbike,traveling from soul to soul - not place to place,” according to Lani.

Originally from Brooklyn, she'd been hitchhiking the islands for ten years.
Ninety percent of my social network on Kauai has been made through hitching, Lani said. "Every time I have a question, the universe pops up with an answer in a new car."

Her disarmed way of talking was typical of the locals I met in Kauai with the aloha spirit.



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