Many of you have asked if Bruce and Wayde would talk a little about their HAWAII LIFE Story…what brought them to Hawaii and what they did once they got here…Today we talk about Wayde’s HAWAII LIFE PART I which started since the age of 7 on his first visit to Hawaii and the entire island chain on the Cruise Ship the SS INDEPENDENCE for 10 days with his family. He spent several trips on the SS, even though he got seasick. He still loved the Adventure of traveling by sea…He eventually move in the late 90’s. Unlike Bruce, Wayde moved here for a short time in 95, then returned in the end of 98/99 and then left again in 2002 after 9/11 and then returned again and has been in Hawaii ever since.
The First Trip to Hawaii in 1977 was a Trip that changed Wayde’s Life…The Day he connected to Hawai’i and the Mana of the Islands~
When Wayde first moved to Hawai’i he didn’t exactly realize the cost of living difference, but once he awoke to it he knew that if he intended to stay here in hawaii and survive he needed to change his habits and adapt to Hawai’i Life. He needed to live, shop, eat and enjoy Hawaii like a local and so the Poor Man began his journey. The journey wasn’t easy…Trial and error followed Wayde everywhere he went, but he never gave up on his dream because if you have ever felt the spirit of Hawai’i Nei, the Spirit of Aloha, then you would understand and know it’s power, the mana covers the aina. It’s felt on every corner of the islands, atop every mountain, along every reef and under every lava rock . Hawai’i was the only place Wayde ever felt whole, the only place he had ever truly belonged and the only place in the end he could never leave behind.
Today the American Dream is very hard to come by and Wayde fight for my dreams and make them come true. It took heart, mind and spirit. If you have a passion for something, if you have an idea or vision of what you want my your life to be, You need to picture yourself in it and make it happen! That’s what Wayde did. He stopped talking and choose to ACT on my dreams! Today the struggles and successes continue… but Wayde loves Hawai’i to much to gave up.
When Wayde originally made a scouting move to Hawaii in 1995 he went with his Brother and his good friend Jimmy D (Kimo D) with just a single small suitcase and stayed in Kailua. Once again the group explored the entire Island chain…The Stories to tell…so many crazy days and nights across Hawaii…
In the Late 90’s Wayde finally made the Jump along with his Brother and KIMO D. They all lived in a duplex with roomate EB (Eric Bruce) in KALIHI in late 1999…Below in the Duplex lived a Hawaiian family. They opened their home to Wayde and he befriended them. IKE, the head of the house hold, showed Wayde so much: the culture, the food, the hula and the spirit of aloha. He treated Wayde like “ohana” and he gained a great respect for him. IKE talked story about his concerns of the take over of his lands, loss of his people and the sovereignty of the Hawaiian nation came to the forefront of their conversations. These islands have a deep history far beyond it’s beauty and it would be ignorant to come here and not learn about her deep cultured past and how forward these islands have come or how far they have digressed depending he said to Wayde.
Being originally from Boston Wayde just didn‘t understand the spiritual side of his life and the Aloha Spirit until IKE awoken him to it, once done Wayde’s life forever changed again. IKE always said to visit the sacred places, the temples and palaces . He said he promised that if you did you would leave these islands with a new respect for the true Hawaiian people and the land they love and cherish so much.
After many struggles, success came in 2009 with “Wayde’s World Poor Man’s Guide to Hawaii.” Wayde was forced to learn how to get around all the gimmicks and expensive things in Hawaii and live on a poor man’s budget like all locals do! He learned the hard way, so others didn’t have to. After hearing from so many tourists, “Hawaii is so beautiful, but it’s so expensive”, Wayde decided to create a Youtube channel on Hawai’I, then a website, then tours, then a nonprofit to let visitors know that they can experience all of Hawaii’s beauty, food, accommodations and activities off the beaten path without sacrificing anything.