Mind Over Miller: See you in Hawaii
This year's convention is a great opportunity to combine continuing education and an amazing vacation. So colleagues, do yourselves a favor and attend. And if this is your first visit to Hawaii, extend your trip so you can see more of Oahu than just Honolulu. At the very least, spend a full day at the Polynesian Cultural Center, seeing as many of the Polynesian villages as possible—it's entertaining and educational. And the night show at the center is sensational and unmatched anywhere else in Hawaii.
The island's largest town is Hilo. It's on the wet side of the island where annual rainfall is measured in hundreds of inches. Paralleling the main highway north from Hilo is a scenic road that follows the shore through a gorgeous tropical rain forest. Continue northward on the road, and you'll arrive at the peaceful Waipio Valley. To see a bit of ancient Polynesia, hike or travel on horseback or by Jeep through a canyon that ends at a waterfall that drops more than 1,000 ft. Farther down the highway is the community of Waimea, also known as Kamuela, the heart of the ranching country and the site of the Parker Ranch Museum—a rich historical experience. And the north Kohala region offers another scenic adventure: a boat ride through an old irrigation flume.
That's just one island!
Don't let the legendary expense of a Hawaiian vacation intimidate you. Car rentals are reasonable in Hawaii. And asking residents to recommend local restaurants and motels is the key to finding inexpensive, high-quality food and lodging.
See you in Hawaii!
Robert M. Miller, DVM, is an author and a cartoonist, speaker, and Veterinary Medicine Practitioner Advisory Board member from Thousand Oaks, Calif. His thoughts in "Mind Over Miller" are drawn from 32 years as a mixed-animal practitioner. Visit his Web site at http://www.robertmmiller.com/.