The Long Way Back

She holds it in with a smile on her face

as darkness pulls her down.

Emotions in a jumble

but she knows she must be strong.

Can’t let them see inside her

afraid they’ll think her weak.

So until she’s off and all alone

false bravado she must keep.

It wasn’t always like this

a life kept far apart.

She used to have a family

of which she was a part.

But life can take you places

taking others far away.

One moment she was happy   

then too quickly, it all changed.

Hopefully she’ll rebuild a life

that she can call her own.

But today she’ll wear

a mask of sorts

and call no place a home.

                                                     Hansi Riley 

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Breaking the Cycle

Children aren’t born

with prejudice and hate,

but when raised with it

they tend to emulate.

Then prejudice once more

gets passed on down.

Until tolerance and education

start turning it around.

Hansi Riley

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Honokea Surf Villages & Resorts partnered with The Rilington Group

Hawaii-based real estate development company, Honokea Surf Villages & Resorts, is looking to develop a 60-acre ‘surf village’ and resort in California’s Coachella Valley.

The development will include a surf facility, an adventure sports park, a large events space, an organic farm, dining and shopping areas, and a boutique hotel.Honokea Surf Villages and Resorts

A rendering of the Honokea Surf Village in Coachella Valley.

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The company was founded in 2011 by local surfer and waterman Brian KeaulanaKeno Knieriem and his father Kenan Knieriem to create a unique real estate development company that uses man-made wave technologies to create surf resorts in Hawaii and the Mainland.

Honokea partnered with California-based land development management company The Rilington Group to oversee construction, which may create up to 400 local jobs. Once open, the project is expected to create 600 jobs and generate more than $1 billion for the local economy.

“We are honored to lead the planning and execution of this project,” said Mickie Riley, president of The Rilington Group. “With our local knowledge and expertise we are excited to bring Honokea’s vision to life in the Coachella Valley. As a locally operated firm not only do we work in the community but we live here and we play here. The Coachella Valley is an ideal location for the Surf Village and we share in Honokea’s focus on environmental sustainability and community building.”

The Honokea Surf Village will be a sustainable project, using drip irrigation and aquaponic farming, using approximately one-eighth the water currently consumed by each of the 124 golf courses in the valley.

The project has been in the works for two years, and will include educational initiatives involving local school partnerships, as well as collaborations with nonprofit organizations.

“We would be truly honored to bring Honokea to the Coachella Valley,” Keaulana said in a statement. “Southern California has a great surf culture that has always been tied very closely to Hawaii, and the desert is such a special place. We are excited to combine these cultures into something authentic and truly unique.”

Katie Murar covers tourism, restaurants, retail and residential real estate for Pacific Business

Goodbyes

Part of my heart lives far away,

in different parts of town.

It’s fun to get together

and I love the time we have.

These pieces of me

they come and go,

throughout the months and years.

Though, sometimes when they leave,

I fight some sneaky tears.

Not really cause of sadness,

as my kids go to and fro

I guess it’s cause I love them,

and just hate to see them go.

                              Hansi Riley

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What Friends Do!

‘Poof’ another zinger!  They seem to come out of nowhere and pop into our lives, the ups and downs can be overwhelming, especially if handled alone.   Having the support of friends and family can help us assimilate new issues, possibly lessening the stress or increasing the enjoyment of the situation.  Being able to laugh, cry or  even bounce ideas off one another is huge. Sometimes just being there for each other is enough… that’s what friends do.   Hansi Riley

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