My Travels to Hawaii – By Michael Mayes Cannabis Consultant and CEO of Quantum 9
A little about myself: My name is Michael Mayes, and I am the CEO of a medical cannabis consulting and technology firm named Quantum 9 based in Chicago, Illinois USA. I have worked all around the world performing international cannabis consulting helping governments and companies set up medical cannabis programs and businesses. I am engaged to the love of my life Alina Petre; we are getting married in 2016.
As most of you can already image, the cannabis industry is exploding. Cannabis will be the next wave of healthcare. The projects that interest our firm the most are in new emerging states and countries where we have the power to mold the program the correct way. Our approach focuses on patient advocacy and community benefits from the profits of cannabis businesses. Below is my international marijuana consulting profile.
Hawaiian Cannabis Consulting Trip Experience
Now to my trip, I recently finished a project in Hawaii and would love to fill people in on my experiences. First of all, Hawaiian’s pronounce Hawaii with a “V” instead of a “W”, so the actual correct way to say Hawai’i is with a V and an extra “e” at the end of it. So it sounds like this “Ha-vey-e-e”, crazy right? One of my business partners and I had a lot of fun with this pronunciation prior to flying out.
The younger generation refers to the everyone within the older generation as “auntie” or “uncle” to show a sign of respect even if they don’t know them.
The younger generation uses the term “shoots” for everything. “Shoots” in Hawaii is the go-to word when things are awkward or cool or crazy or stupid. I used it a ton after someone would say goodbye to me. It is very common to hear “shoots brah”.
The island culture has mixed feelings about the “mainland” also know as the continental United States. There is a certain amount of pride and tradition Hawaiians are trying to preserve.
A Hawaiian Cannabis Consulting Tale
About the trip: I was engaged by a client to do cannabis consulting in the amazing state of Hawaii (all other aspects of the engagement are confidential). It started with me booking my timeshare three days prior to my flight. Thank you RCI for allowing me to book with such little advanced notice. It was the only condo in Waikiki that was available for the time I needed. I booked without even looking into it. How bad could a timeshare in Waikiki be? Well, it can be so bad that I immediately was granted a full refund and re-booked at the Marriott. Lesson learned.
The first day was filled with meetings barely any sightseeing but I snapped a couple of good pictures during the trip. I was there from Sunday to Thursday morning at 4:00 a.m.
Pictures of the Trip:
I stopped by this super chill spot.
We hit up this amazing Japanese B.B.Q. place called Japanese B.B.Q. Yoshi.
The weather was amazing the entire time!
This is my buddy doing some business calls.
I ate at Doraku, Steve Aoki’s brother’s restaurant.
I hit up Moose McGillycuddy’s, this was a great late night place but made me feel like I was in college, in a bad way.
We ended the trip with business meetings at Stage Restaurant. Amazing food.
I loved Hawaii but would have loved to bring my tiny lover along.
I hoped you enjoyed my first human-interest piece. Based on the comments and feedback this could be my last or my first of many. Thank you for reading.