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Giveaway :: Ke Aloha Jewelry

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

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Ah, island living. All this talk about the seasons and spending this month leaning into and appreciating fall has sparked one nostalgic fire I wasn’t expecting. See, I used to live in Hawaii. For six years. (To be honest, there is still a part of me that lives there permanently.) The biggest adjustment for me was getting used to the mild seasonal transitions. The seasons there are very much alive and well, they are just mellow and relaxed. They, themselves, live the island lifestyle. Funny how fall brings out the nostalgia for tropical living but there you have it. So, today’s contributor could not come at a better time.
Lisa Brodzinski lives on the beautiful island of Maui, Hawaii and is the designer/creator of Ke Aloha Jewelry, a gorgeous and luxe line of jewelry created with aloha. For those who don’t know, ‘aloha’ is a word defined as affection, peace, compassion and mercy. It also means hello and goodbye and so, so much more. It is a living breathing thing and there are so many different ways to express it. Brodzinski expresses it through her work. If you are still confused as to what I mean, just look at the Hoaka necklace or the Mau Loa necklace. The Ho’okele bracelet and Hokulani necklace are some personal favorites as well. This fall, I just might have to bring some aloha spirit to my own home with a piece or two from Ke Aloha Jewelry. You should do the same.

Ke Aloha Jewelry is giving away one Niho Mano Sr necklace to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please asnwer the following question no later than Wednesday, October 16th. *Giveaway open to residents of US or Canada only!*
Please visit Ke Aloha Jewelry and tell us: If your current city weren’t an option, where would you choose to live?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, October 21st, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    Rachel S says:

    I would choose Seattle; I love the weather and clean air, and people seem much more connected to the outdoors than they are in my current city. I hope to someday be able to move there.

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    i would choose Portland, Oregon. it’s so beautiful there, and the culture is awesome. 

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    Elizabeth says:

    I’m not sure I can tell you honestly without sounding like I’m sucking up.  I’m currently a graduate student so I spend a lot of time dreaming about where I will end up…someday….please! *fingers crossed*  If, however, I could end up teaching at a university that I could PICK the location of…it would definitely be in Hawaii.  One of my friends from high school lives in Honolulu and I would love to raise my daughters with her daughters.  I would love to live a slower life than the one I live now.  Dreams dreams dreams!!!!  I love the idea of picking someplace to live where I could be cooperating with people that I know and love to make a beautiful life for our families together.

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    ren says:

    part of  me wants to say anywhere close to my parents, as they could use some help right now. but if we’re talking fantasy…san juan, puerto rico. had a chance to live there when i was in high school and turned it down. and i’ve always regretted it.

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    Tiffany says:

    We live in Redmond WA which is really wonderful. But if I were told I had to move elsewhere I’d pick Corvallis OR. My in-laws moved to Corvallis a couple of years ago and I just adore this place! It is a wonderful little college town full of nice people, amazing food, beautiful scenery, a thriving farmers community and it’s only an hour or so away from the beach!

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    Madeline says:

    Toronto! I love Toronto. It’s such a fun city that’s easy to get around. So many cool things to do there as well.

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    Erika W. says:

    I would live in Boston, if I could afford it! It is a fabulous city!

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    Courtney J says:

    I’ve LOVE to live in Honolulu…Just to be near the beach and enjoy the wonderful weather and ocean.

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    EM says:

    This necklace is ridiculously beautiful — especially since I’m kind of obsessed with sharks!  If proximity to family, money and employment weren’t issues and I could live anywhere on the planet, I think I would opt for Barcelona.  I got to spend a week there once, and fell in love with the food, the people and the lifestyle.  And Gaudi! His architecture is freakish and stunning.  So inspiring…

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    Rebecca says:

    Stockholm Sweden, it looks absolutely beautiful!

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    Valerie says:

    Portland, Maine is just a gorgeous town! I’d move there. We actually may be moving to Boston…..I’m sure I’ll visit Portland often if we do.

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    Lynda Del says:

    I would say Amergris Caye, Belize. I prefer to live the island life, and this place is low key and very relaxing and above all very beautiful.

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    Stephanie says:

    I would love to live anywhere in Oregon. It’s a beautiful state and I love the climate. 

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    Marilyn says:

    I currently live in the Portland, OR area and I love it! If I couldn’t live here I might try Seattle or Vancouver, Canada – they film a lot of good shows in Vancouver! 

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    Charlotte D. says:

    I  would love to move to Kona, HI.   Not to crowded.  Minimal traffic. Nice weather. People are friendly.  And my children really love the beaches there for surfing, boggy boarding and just plain relaxing.,

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    Susie says:

    I have two favorites, Seattle and a small town in southeastern France. I love love love the Pacific Northwest. Seattle to me has a perfect mix of everything nearby, city and nature, sea and mountains, and a lifestyle that seems to suit me well. I also have a close connection with my “second family” in the SE of France and that always feels like home there to me! 

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    Trisha says:

    If we’re talking realistic places to live then Seattle tops the list. If we’re talking wishes than Barcelona or Hong Kong. 

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    Emily B says:

    That’s a good question, and one we ask ourselves often. We are currently in the Air Force and stationed at a base in the middle of nowhere desert Oklahoma. I grew up on the beaches of South Florida and Boston’s South Shore and my husband grew up in San Diego, so somewhere with a beach would be ideal. Until then, we’ll be looking out at the desert that stretches as far as the eye can see at the edge of our small town and dreaming of greener shores. By the way, I love that you make necklaces out of shark teeth. As a kid, while my siblings were playing in the ocean, I would be combing the beach for shark teeth. I’ve always thought there were beautiful and fascinating!

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    Jennifer says:

    If I could choose any place in the world to live, I would pick a little beachside cottage in Newport, RI. I would wake up every morning to the delicious smell of salt water and every night the sound of the surf would lull me to sleep. 

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    Doris says:

    I would choose Tampa in Florida. I loved visiting there!

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    Eric says:

    When we visited Maryland at my in-laws, I really liked it.

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    Linda says:

    New York City any day! I love the energy of that city!

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    Wade says:

    I would love to live in Honolulu or Waikiki. I am sure there is some cool scuba diving in their water.

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    Mariam says:

    My pick would be Houston, TX. It is such a big city! I really enjoyed it recently.

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    Brenda Morton says:

    I live in Prineville,Oregon and have visited the Hawaiian Islands several times..The spot where I would love to grow old would be the Island of Kauai..So beautiful & peaceful. Great weather,beautiful people and love the culture!

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    Samantha S says:

    Boston, Mass. I know– who would give up the warmth, sunshine, farmers’ markets, and proximity to San Francisco of California to move to a place renown for its horrible winters? But I love Boston for the way that history and the present live comfortably together. I love the Italian quarter and how it always smells delicious; walking along the piers; and most of all, how the city looks in the fall. That’s one thing California can’t beat–a New England fall. 

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    Dawn Keenan says:

    I would love to live in Hawaii.   My daughter is there now on her honeymoon and the photos she has sent look amazing.   I like a stable warm climate with lots of open space and not much traffic.

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    cindy says:

    I would love to live in Austin. 1 because my best friend is there. 2 because it has so many gorgeous outdoor areas and 3. because the Tex-Mex is delish 🙂

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    Lucy Williams says:

    As wonderful as Atlanta is, I think I would choose Paris… I’m sure that would suit me just fine!

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    Milissa says:

    I live in South Burlington Vermont – beautiful city in the gorgeous bucolic Green Mountains. BUT there is definitely something magical that stirs inside of me (kind of like the squiggly feeling in my stomach of my 1st crush) every time I visit Portsmouth, NH. I truly believe that my heart and soul thrive in the presence of the ocean. <3

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    jane says:

    hobart in tasmania, australia! i love how it’s so laid back 🙂

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    Anna L says:

    If my current city wasn’t an option to live in, I would choose to live in La Represa, Dominican Republic!  It’s not a luxurious vacation spot.  In fact, the town is so small, it’s rarely ever found on a map.  It’s a small town full of the most heart-warming people, grateful for the simple and little things in life.  They don’t have much but they appreciate the nature and beauty around them. I would love to go back there and spend time and learn more about the community I gave my heart to.

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    Lu says:

    I would live in Normandy France. Its close enough to Paris for the big city feel but its such a quaint village with its old world charm. And it is all about living a simple life.

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    I would choose to live in San Francisco. Such a perfect hybrid of where I’m from, and where I currently live. It’s got New York’s abundance of options for shopping, dining, and more. And it’s got Boulder’s outdoorsiness – running and biking and hiking trails, ski-able mountains, and as a bonus: it’s got the ocean!

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    Heather N. says:

    Such a tough question! I think today I would choose New York – craving the hustle and bustle of a big city, and all the friends I have who live in it. I could also go for a good bagel 🙂 

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    Chelsea says:

    We have just fulfilled this dreaming-question and moved from Perth, Western Australia (the capital city) to Abany, a beautiful country town far south of Perth!! Five hours infact! Its amazing, cant wait to see some of its whales! We like to dream of going to new places, but I honestly dont think the exact place matters as long as there is the ocean nearby, some decent patch of nature and each other (boyfriend, myself and the dog!).

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    Susan F says:

    SOLANA BEACH,  CA – it is where my 3 grandsons live (oh, and their parents), they are 4, 5 and 9 ~  thankfully it is just a 2 hour drive or 3 hour train ride but oh how nice it would be to see them more often.  I’m thankful for Facetime and that my 5 year old has figured out how to grab his parents phone before they wake up and Facetime me ~

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    sharon says:

    I would love to live in a little villa in Provence and learn to cook from the locals.