My (Early) Aloha Birthday

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


Last year, my birthday consisted of an afternoon out at sea in the ‘Au’au Channel off the coast of Lahaina, Maui searching for whales. This year, we’re spending my birthday (coming this Thursday) a little closer to home, but that didn’t stop a few of my co-workers from bringing the islands to me.

Imagine, walking into the office on just an average, overcast, gray Tuesday morning in the month of April and seeing your regular padded cube turned into the tropical paradise below.

My Birthday Cube

All that was missing was the sand and a few Mai Tai’s. :)

It was really only the beginning, though. Everyone in my department was dawning party leis and flowers in their hair (or for the hairless, just behind their ear). My boss even dawned his Hawaiian shirt for the occasion. Very festive.

Lunch with the gang was over at my favorite taste of the islands this side of the Mississippi, Kona Grill. Hey, I’m always up for a little Hawaiian pizza, even if it’s not from Nikki’s at Whalers Village.

Kona Grill

As always, when the whole group goes out for lunch, it’s nothing but a blast. Cindy also tried to squeeze in time for a trip out to Kona to meet up with us lunch, but she ran out of time at the last minute.

All of us have been off doing mostly our own things for lunch this past winter (or at least I have), and we’re looking forward to kicking off some nicer weather tomorrow by resuming our lunchtime rollerblading sessions, with a few new faces this year.

Back at the office a little later in the afternoon, we were treated to a little homemade pineapple upside down cake (minus the rum). Homemade, as in my boss spent 2 hours making it the night before. A truly nice gesture to say the least.

A Big Mahalo
I wanted to extend a big Mahalo to the awesome ladies that put this all together (and yes, outsmarted me by pulling this off a few days early).

The Three Wahines

These three lovely wahines in their leis and flowers (and one more not pictured) were the masterminds behind the particular setup today and others like it in the past. They certainly do a great job of keeping things very fun and interesting on a daily basis, but most of all, they are always putting smiles on everyone’s faces in one way or another. And with the regular stress in our line of work, that’s no small feat.

Mahalo nui loa (thanks very much) to everyone who had a part in today’s activities and for the rest who played along. I do have one question, though. Where on earth did you ever get the sense that I liked Hawaii? :)

Bonus Note
Notice the desktop backgrounds on those two monitors on my desk in the first photo? Maybe you’ve seen them somewhere before? How about here and here.

About Kris

Kris and his wife Cindy are avid Maui fans, and have visited the island half a dozen times since '06. Over the years, they have made many friends living on Maui or through social media, which keeps them in touch with the island until they can return again.

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