Happy Aloha Friday – Valley Isle Edition

It’s time to say happy aloha Friday, again!

Today’s edition focuses on Maui and its nickname, “the valley isle”. The following photo taken from a catamaran off the West coast of Maui illustrates that name. (By the way, Maui is also known as the magic isle, too.)

So in keeping with the Aloha Friday tradition started by Kailani at An Island Life, it’s time to pose a fun question. My question to you is what’s the nickname of your town or region? Please share it in the comments. Happy Aloha Friday!


Oh, and be sure to check out the other Aloha Friday participants here.

  1. Brisbane, Queensland…the “Sunshine State”…funny, because I taught in Florida for four years, also the “Sunshine State”… πŸ™‚

  2. @ Andy – I hear ya! πŸ™‚

    @ Deborah – I’ve been to your lovely Queensland, but I didn’t know it was called the “Sunshine State”. Maybe you wind up in the sunshine states because you have a sunny disposition. :o)

  3. Our region’s nickname is very un-original. It is called “Northern Virginia” because we live in the suburbs of DC.

  4. I’ve been living in the ‘land of the rising sun’ (japan) since 2000.
    I was born in the ‘pearl of the orient’ (philippines); born and raised in the ‘city of flowers’ (zamboanga city) and studied college in the ‘queen of the south’(cebu city).

    … now i’m wondering who gave these places those nicknames?!

  5. @ Sher – I’ve never been to the home of Billy the Kid. I’d love to get out that way sometime.

    @ Jacki – I’m near your neck of the woods in the “tarheel state”, North Carolina. Though I am most definitely NOT a fan of the UNC Tarheels. They are evil in my book. πŸ™‚ I know it must sound strange for a North Carolinian to write about Hawaii, but I’m a real nut over Hawaii and I get there as often as I can.

    @ Charlotte – Wow! You’ve really lived in some exotic places. How awesome!

  6. SC is the Palmetto State. And Myrtle Beach is also called the “Grand Strand.” That has to do with the geography. But a lot of folks who come here on vacation just call it “the beach.” I love living at “the beach!”

  7. @ Heather – Hi, neighbor! πŸ™‚ It’s been a while since I’ve been to the Grand Strand. I think it’s only about a 3 hour drive to there now, or so I hear. I should go there to get my beach fix instead of trekking all the way to Hawaii sometime. πŸ™‚

  8. Well… I live in Maryland – home of the Blue Crab — and it’s not really a nickname — but our logo I guess is “Maryland is for Crabs!” … all our t-shirts have a crabby little crustacean on them!!! Now, I live very *VERY* near the Chesapeake Bay – so I find the whole crabby thing to be quite cute… but I often wonder about the folks who live in western Maryland, up in the mountains! They probably don’t find our motto to really “fit” with their way of life….

  9. Hi Melli – I never knew Maryland was known as the home of the Blue Crab. Maybe the folks from the western part of the state are grumpy….er crabby that they don’t have crabs in their area? So maybe the logo, “Maryland is for Crabs” fits them, too. πŸ˜‰

  10. Well I live in Silverdale, now I did here that the reason it was named Silverdale was because Goldendale was already taken..
    I was raised in Hawaii in a town called Kaneohe, which means Bamboo Man literally but figurally speaking the meaning is Bamboo forrest……

  11. Michigan is the ‘mitten’ state, and the Grand Rapids area is sometimes referred to as ‘Furniture City’ because of the many furniture manufacturing companies that are here.

  12. I’m originally from Furniture City (like Deb), I live now in Music City (Nashville) but my heart is still in Hilo, where we lived until August.

  13. @ Rach – I bet you have great coffee there.
    @ Dee – Kaneohe is beautiful!
    @ Debo Hobo – Why do I suddenly have the Dallas show theme song playing in my head? πŸ™‚
    @ Deb – I’ve been to Grand Rapids before….to a school held at Rapistan. Are they still there?
    @ JulieAnn – Hilo is definitely worth missing, but I hope you’ll enjoy the Music City.

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