Special message from Governor Neil Abercrombie
On behalf of the people of Hawai‘i, aloha and welcome to the readers of Lei.
Throughout the 50th State, there are many experiences that await your exploration. From sandy beaches and lush rainforests to fiery lava flows, visitors have a range of options as they set out to discover our islands’ unsurpassed natural beauty. This variety comes alive in charming small towns and exciting resort areas that offer visitors an array of experiences from cultural activities, to shopping and sightseeing, to world-class dining.
But what truly makes our islands special is the “Aloha Spirit,” embodied in our people. It is a philosophy of sharing and taking care of one another and the environment, which permeates daily life. This spirit is also the sense that our diversity defines us rather than divides us, an aspect of our local culture that we are now further able to celebrate with the recent enactment of the Hawai‘i Marriage Equality Act of 2013.
In Hawai‘i, we believe in fairness, justice, and human equality. We value every member of our ‘ohana (family), and it is in this spirit that we welcome all of you to join us in paradise.