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Just Below The Surface is a podcast that will touch on various subjects through my perspective as a polynesian born and raised in Carson California. I will provide a brand of wisdom in hopes to give broader insight. Cover art photo provided by Tobias van Schneider on Unsplash: https://unsplash.com/@vanschneider
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In the book What Would You Do If You Had No Fear? Living Your Dreams While Quakin’ in Your Boots by Diane Conway published in 2004, the author asks a variety of people the simple question "What would you do if you had no fear?" A woman named Janet responded by saying "Yes" when offered the opportunity to sail to the Caribbean and later to the South…
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In the 2002 book Double Lives: Crafting Your Life of Work and Passion for Untold Success, David Heenan describes 10 extraordinary individuals who led "double lives". Having lived in Hawaii for many years, the author included two guys who also lived in Hawaii and excelled in both business and art. The author includes 20 keys to living a "double life…
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Partners in Pleasure: Sharing Success, Creating Joy, Fulfilling Dreams - Together is a book written by Paul Pearsall in 2001. Using life lessons gathered from ancient Polynesian and Hawaiian cultures, Dr. Pearsall suggests that being on "Hawaiian time" or experiencing "Polynesian Paralysis" can give you a new perspective on life and help you unders…
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A Little Book of Aloha contains a collection of Hawaiian proverbs and inspirational wisdom as collected by Renata Provenzano in 2001. It includes a quote from Clifford Nae'ole the Hawaiian cultural advisor at the Ritz-Carlton in Kapalua on the island of Maui. He describes the experience of Polynesian Paralysis as being on "Hawaiian Time" and he fin…
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The book Sailing the Dream (1999) written by John F. McGrady describes his adventures sailing a 34-foot sailboat from Seattle to the South Pacific and back to Hawaii. Not just a sea story, Sailing the Dream is a metaphysical pilgrimage that encourages the reader to join in and take a second look at the values that steer their own lives. While in Bo…
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The book A Widow's Might written by Carolyn Ellis Lipscomb in 1999 describes the remarkable life of Carolyns mother, Mattie Norman Ellis, who was known as "Mama". After 13 years of marriage, Mama (age 33) became a widow in 1933 during the Great Depression of the 1930s. With 6 children, no savings, and a meager secretarial salary, Mama managed to ke…
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The Trouble With Paradise (1998) written by David A. Ross is a fictional story that begins with the disappearance of Amelia Earhart over the south pacific in 1937 and then overlaps with a visitor to Maui in 1997 who experiences Polynesian Paralysis and ends up adrift in the ocean. “Paradise… Just when we think it’s within our grasp, the scene chang…
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In this episode we review an article that appeared in the March 1995 issue of Travel Holiday magazine. The article written by Frederick Turner is titled Secret Florida and describes the unique panhandle of Florida - once called West Florida. "Separated from the peninsula by both climate and history, the panhandle possesses a character all its own."…
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In November 1995, Robert C Schmitt wrote an article for the Hawaiian Medical Journal titled Medical Progress in a Remote Archipelago. Schmitt severed as the Hawaii State Statistician and wrote or co-authored 4 books and more than 200 articles and numerous government reports. 18 of his articles appeared in the Hawaiian Medical Journal. Hawaii reside…
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In the travel guide SAMOA - Western and Amercian Samoa written by Deanna Swaney and published by Lonely Planet in 1994, the author provides an overview of travel to these islands in the South Pacific. She warns visitors that almost everyone experiences "Polynesian Paralysis" and find themselves relaxing on the beaches and enjoying the relaxed lifes…
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SURFIN'ary is a dictionary of Surfing Terms and Surfspeak compiled and edited by Trevor "Coconut" Cralle who is considered the world's leading authority on surf slang. The book includes a brief history of surfing and each page of this 362-page book includes surfing pictures, artwork, and surfspeak. "You can't help but learn something new and entert…
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Maui Bound is an 132-page hardback book that contains excellent photos by over 30 photographers. The text is provided by author Tom Stevens. Not just another coffee table book, the photographs in this book will gently touch you with nostalgia for life in Maui in the early 1990s. "Polynesian Paralysis" is mentioned in Chapter 6 on page 94. For more …
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Derek Davies wrote an article for The Honolulu Weekly in November 1991 titled Hiding Behind The Aloha Spirit. After 25 years as the editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review, Davies spent a year in Hawaii as a journalist at the East West Center in Honolulu. Davies decries duplicity in the name of Aloha, but he also admits that he experienced "Polyn…
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Marlene Freedman wrote a book about the island of Molokai - The Friendly Isle in 1977. She describes the relaxed lifestyle and easy way of life that causes residents on this island to experience "Polynesian Paralysis". Molokai is a special place where you can find a "feeling of solitude, peacefulness and a unity with nature." For more information a…
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In the April 1989 issue of Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction magazine, there was a story written by Sage Walker titled Indian Giving. The story describes a woman's journey to a remote cabin in the mountains of New Mexico to quit smoking. She ends up experiencing Polynesian Paralysis and having an encounter with a spiritual being. For more information …
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The book HAWAII (1986) includes photographs by Frank Salmoiraghi and text by Jocelyn Fujii. Each page of this 128-page hardback book contains excellent examples of the history and natural beauty of the Hawaiian Islands and life in Hawaii in the 80s. Polynesian Paralysis in included in the chapter on Local Style as something similar to "Hawaiian Tim…
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In the book CATWALK - The Art of Model Style, Marie Helvin describes her life growing up in Hawaii and becoming a supermodel. Marie did not want to succumb to Polynesian Paralysis and be stuck in Hawaii; she would follow her dreams. Polynesian Paralysis can help you take time to be still and discover the strength inside yourself, which can give you…
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In their book The Peripatetic Diabetic, Good Health, Good Times, and Good Food, For the Diabetic who wants to have it all published in 1984, June Biermann and Barbara Toohey describe how someone with diabetes can live an active and healthy life. One suggestion they give to reduce stress and enjoy life is to experience Polynesian Paralysis. Polynesi…
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In the 1983 book, The Journey Is Everything - A Journal of the Seventies, Helen Smith Bevington describes her personal experiences month by month from January 1970 to December 1979. When she visits Hawaii to see her son David and grandkids, she learns about Polynesian Paralysis. She writes, "The way to take a journey is not to be concerned with arr…
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In the book HAWAII RECALLS: Selling Romance to America - Nostalgic Images of the Hawaiian Islands 1910 to 1050, author DeSoto Brown collected and assembled hundreds of historic examples of promotional materials that were used to convince many people that Hawaii was the most romantic place on earth. DeSoto claims that Betty Grable's father lived in …
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In this episode we review the book Malice in Blunderland or How the Grits Stole Christmas by Allen Fotheringham (1982). As one of Canada's most controversial political critics, "Dr. Froth" has been called "the greatest cobweb blower and guff-remover in Canadian journalism." In this book he writes about politics in Canada and seems to believe that r…
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In this episode of the Polynesian Paralysis Podcast, we review an article from the spring 1981 issue of the La Salle College magazine. Robert S. Lyons Jr, the editor of the magazine, joined a group of La Salle alumni on a 9-day trip to Hawaii where many of the visitors experienced Polynesian Paralysis. La Salle College, now La Salle University, is …
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Channel 5 in Seattle had a regular locally produced a variety talk show called "Seattle Today" that ran from 1974 to 1991. In 1979, co-hosts Chris Lenz and Shirley Hudson traveled to Hawaii to interview Pay O'Day and Lan Roberts, both popular radio personalities in Seattle and Hawaii. During the interview, Lan Roberts mentions his personal experien…
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In the April 1978 issue of Latitude 38, a sailing magazine, Steve and June Jones wrote an article about their sailing adventures from England to the Caribbean. Upon arriving at the island of Bequia in the Grenadines, they experienced "Polynesian Paralysis". For more information about Polynesian Paralysis, please visit our website at http://www.rxal…
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In this episode we review the book Who Wrote the Book of Love? written by Thomas Farber in 1977. The story on page 68 describes the interactions and discussions between the two boat captains in the south pacific over the decision of a crewmember (a young woman) who decides to switch boats. The trouble arises, when one captain finds out that his new…
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In this episode we review an article from the November 1977 issue of Tennis USA magazine. Written by Spence Conley senior editor, the article is titled Royal Lahaina - Pro Watching in Paradise. The article describes the 1977 Island Holidays Pro Tennis Classic tournament also known as the Hawaii Open. Conley suggests that conditions were right in Ha…
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In the July 1976 issue of Pickup Van & 4WD magazine, Granville L. King writes about his adventures in Hawaii. He describes his attempt to "live off the land" after his money ran out while exploring the Big Island. He found coconuts, avocadoes, papayas, coffee beans, bananas, and oranges growing wild. He also caught some fresh fish from the ocean. H…
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In this episode we review the book Little Things That Keep Families Together written by Arline Cate Thrash in 1976. As a middle-aged wife and mother of 4 children, she decides to return to graduate school to study special education. She describes her daily challenges with housework and homework and how the little things in life kept her family toge…
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In the 1973 May-June issue of OCEANS magazine, Fred Hoctor wrote an article titled Mazatlan: From freebooters to friendly hosts where the Sea of Cortez begins. In this article about a coastal town in Mexico, he compares Polynesian Paralysis to the Mexican experience of "manana". Both experiences are the result of a relaxed lifestyle and healthy wor…
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In this episode, we review an article from the 1972 February issue of The Saturday Review written by David Butwin. The article is titled Booked for Travel: Waikiki - Plastic Fantastic or Happy Hula Land? After graduating from college in Minnesota, the author lived in Hawaii for 4 years and worked as a reporter for the Honolulu Advertiser in the 196…
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The book HAWAII: The Sugar-Coated Fortress by Francine du Plessix Gray published in 1972 describes life in Hawaii in the early 1970s. She describes how outside forces and cultures led to the overthrow of the Hawaiian kingdom in 1893 continue to shape life in the tropical paradise. Ms. Gray also reveals how the many different cultures - Hawaiian, Am…
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In this episode, we review an article from The East Village Other magazine from March 1969 (volume 4 issue 15). Written by Walter Breen, the article is titled HAWAII: Where Have All The Hippies Gone? We also address the difference between Polynesian Paralysis (as a relaxed lifestyle) and just being lazy as illustrated in the parable of the Fisherma…
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In this episode, we review the book Marijuana, The Second Trip by Dr. Edward Bloomquist published in 1971. In his book about the pros and cons of the use of marijuana, Dr. Bloomquist refers to Polynesian Paralysis as a syndrome that affects visitors to the South Pacific. Please note that Polynesian Paralysis does not involve the use of any drugs in…
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In this episode we look at an article in the December 1966 issue of TIME magazine. The article in the Travel section is titled "On To The Outer Islands" and encourages tourist to visit the other islands in Hawaii (besides Oahu) and experience Polynesian Paralysis.โดย Jim Gaston
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In this episode we review the book Pacific Pathways (1963) by Stanton Delaplane. He writes about his travels and adventures in the pacific and mentions Polynesian Paralysis both in Hawaii and Bora Bora. Stanton Delaplane (1907 - 1988) was a travel writer and worked at the San Francisco Chronicle for 53 years. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1942 and wro…
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In this episode, we review an article from the Nov 1960 issue of The Bulletin of the San Diego Medical Society. In October 1960, the 8th Congress of the Pan Pacific Surgical Association was held in Honolulu. Dr. Howard B. Kirtland, Jr and about 1800 surgeons from around the pacific attended this conference. Dr. Kirtland writes that many of the visi…
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In this episode, we look at an article from the 1960 issue of The Saturday Review (vol 43, issue 26). On page 33 is a review of the book Waikiki Beachnik . The article written by Jeannette Wakin describes Polynesian Paralysis as something that "creates an intense aversion to mental and physical effort". For more information about Polynesian Paralys…
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In this episode we review an article from the March 1959 issue of the US News and World Report. We take a quick look at the world in 1959 (before Hawaii became a state) and the major economic factors in Honolulu. Tourist had already started visiting Hawaii and although the article states that "Polynesian Paralysis has disappeared"; fortunately, we …
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In this episode we review 2 articles that appeared in the July 25th, 1959 issue of the Saturday Evening Post. One article was written by H. Allen Smith while on vacation in Hawaii and experiencing Polynesian Paralysis. The other article from the section "Life in Waikiki" describes WHY Smith wrote the article. Learn how Polynesian Paralysis can insp…
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In this episode we review the book Waikiki Beachnik by H. Allen Smith (1956). This book is about Smiths trip to Hawaii and his personal experiences with "Polynesian Paralysis". This may be the first documented use of the term "Polynesian Paralysis" in print. For more information about Polynesian Paralysis, please visit our website at http://www.rxa…
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Listen to the Coconut Boat Band sing their hit song "Polynesian Paralysis" from their 2011 CD Sunsettled. This is one of the best descriptions of Polynesian Paralysis that I have found. It describes someone sitting on the beach, watching the sunset, in perfect bliss, with a smile. Polynesian Paralysis in NOT a disease or medical condition. Polynesi…
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In this episode of the Polynesian Paralysis Podcast you will learn of my personal experiences with Polynesian Paralysis. I experienced Polynesian Paralysis many years before I visited Hawaii and learned of Polynesian Paralysis. I have also experienced Polynesian Paralysis in Hawaii. Remember, Polynesian Paralysis is NOT a disease or medical conditi…
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An introduction to Polynesian Paralysis. Learn how Polynesian Paralysis can help you relax and enjoy life. Learn why Polynesian Paralysis is considered the sensible approach to mindfulness. Please note the following important facts: Polynesian Paralysis is NOT a disease or medical condition. Polynesian Paralysis does NOT involve any drugs or medici…
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