Trip with mom to Kauai and Maui rekindles happy memories

This Feb. 15, 2018 photo shows a lookout point for Waimea Canyon in Waimea, Hawaii. Visitors admire the red, green and burnt orange gorge and its waterfalls. (AP Photo/Jennifer McDermott)
This Feb. 15, 2018 photo shows the Kauai Coffee estate in Kalaheo, Hawaii. Visitors drink free coffee samples and walk among the coffee trees to learn how the coffee is made. (AP Photo/Jennifer McDermott)
This Feb. 19, 2018 photo shows hula dancers telling their stories through graceful moves at a traditional hula and feast, the Old Lahaina Luau, in Maui. (AP Photo/Jennifer McDermott)
This Feb. 16, 2018 photo shows Associated Press reporter Jennifer McDermott, right, and her mother, Suzanne Grogan standing by Hanalei Bay in Kauai at sunset. Grogan traveled to Hawaii to celebrate her retirement from the hotel industry with her family. (Sean McDermott via AP)

PRINCEVILLE, Kauai — My mother has always had a special connection to Hawaii.