Meet Lorrin & Nina Lee of Hawaii
A Life of Fun, Joy and Adventure
Kindred Spirits Meet at Ala Moana Beach
Lorrin was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. A quiet, conservative Chinese-American. He grew up in a family with 4 sisters and spent the early years of his life living in one bedroom with his parents and 3 sisters. Sleeping 6 in a room with no closets for 9 years. They were very close in those days, literally. Nina is from New Jersey, a Slovak-American. Lorrin met Nina sunning on Ala Moana Beach in Honolulu in the spring 1976. After 5 years of being with each other daily, they married in 1981. It was a meeting of soul mates.
A Passion for Education to the Next Level that Will Continue for Life
In 1959, Lorrin attended the University of Hawaii for Civil Engineering and in 1963, the University of Michigan for Architecture. Before just one semester left for gradution, his education was interrupted for service in the military. In 1970, after serving his country in the military, he went back to the University of Michigan and graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture. Lorrin paid his university tuitions without any support from his parents with a student loan, scholarships, and working part-time during college and in the summer months. Always a passionate learner, he continues to read over 300 books and magazines a year. His favorite subjects: health, fitness, vegan, business, finance, stocks, cruises, and world travel.
Treasured Military Leadership Experience during the Vietnam War
In 1966, Lorrin was drafted into the United States Army in Chicago. At this time, the USA was involved in the Vietnam War. Though he did not want or plan on going into the military, he decided to make the best out of the situation. After boot camp at Ft Campbell, Kentucky ...he signed up to become an officer. He went through Advanced Infantry Training where he learned to use all types of weapons. Upon completion, he attended Officer Candidate Quartermaster School at Ft. Lee, VA. Upon graduation as a Graves Registration Officer, he took a chance with his life and volunteered for Vietnam. Fortunately, he was assigned to serve as an U.S. Army Officer in Okinawa. There, with a Top Secret clearance, he served in the 2nd Logistical Command as a 1st Lieutenant in charge of special projects. He lived a dream life on the island with maid service for 6 days a week. Today, he credits his military leadership experience as one of the highlight of his life.
National Architectural Experience
During the military, Lorrin was the architect of the General's Conference Room...were he designed unique tables, microphones in the ceiling, and one of the world's largest rear view projection system. He worked in Michigan for Architect Tivadar Balogh and Architect Gunnar Birkerts. Lorrin worked as an architect in Chicago for internationally known Skidmore Owings & Merrill, architects of the Burg Khalifa (world's tallest building). In Detroit for Urban Planners Crane & Gorwic. In Seattle for NBBJ known for stadium designs. Plus, many architects in Hawaii such as: Clifford Young, Leo S. Wu, Aotani & Oka, and Geoffrey Fairfax. Through his love for design and architecture, he has traveled the world to see many famous architectural projects.
Achievements and Awards
Lorrin, a Honolulu Marathon finisher, was recognized for his talent as an Architect. His award-winning kitchen and unique furniture designs has been featured in Sunset and other magazines. The University of Michigan Architecture Library selected 500 of his architectural photos for inclusion in their collection. He is recognized in Outstanding Young Men of America, Who's Who in America, Who in the World, Who's Who in the West, Who's Who in Finance and Business, Dictionary of Distinguished Americans, Personalities of America, and Community Leaders of America. He has also won awards in photography and ceramics.
A Personal Development Seminar Leader
In 1976, he retired from architecture and founded The Lorrin Lee Program for Personal Development and Entrepreneurship. A self-taught Seminar Leader, he shared his knowledge on problem-solving, relationships, and metaphysics. His fees for 2.5 days started at $85 and after 5 years, ended at $500 a person. His world famous graduates include 4-time Olympic Gold Medal Champion Pat McCormick, Best-Selling Author Robert Kiyosaki of Rich Dad, Poor Dad, and popular local Hawaiian musician Henry Kapono.
A Multi-Dimensional Entrepreneur in Many Ventures
As a youngster, Lorrin delivered papers to earn money. While in school, he served as Junior Achievement banker (his first experience in business). His background as an Explorer Scout with the Boy Scouts of America and hiking and camping with the Sierra Club ... has helped him learn survival training in the wilderness and business. Lorrin has had his own businesses which involved marketing — seminars, chocolates, health products, metaphysical books, boats, travel tours, and pen pals.
World-Famous Author of Numerous Topics
He is a co-author of "Here is Genius", with a forward by Norman Vincent Peale. His articles are read worldwide. Most popular are: How to be Rich and Happy, How to Have an Ideal Relationship, 50 Ways to Make More Money in Network Marketing (read by millions of network marketers worldwide), Live a Memorable Life, and over 600 Quotes.
A Legend as a Network and Internet Marketer
In 1981, he started as a network marketer and became an Internet marketer. Lorrin has been involved in many companies such as: Friend Finder. Herbalife (Over $1 million in Personal Group Volume sales.). International Pen Friends. Pen-pals.net (Founder). SendOutCards. Tahitian Noni Juice. Plus, Automated Internet Money at lorrinlee.biz. His opt-in email list grew to over 250,000 people worldwide.
A Sky High Home in Paradise
They live on the 24th floor of the Ala Wai Plaza where they enjoy a panoramic views of the Koolau Mountain Range of Manoa, Waikiki, Diamond Head, and the Pacific Ocean. This is where Lorrin spends most of his time at his home office. They work out in their gym and swim in their pool for exercise. Their backyard is the Ala Wai Park, where they stroll along the Ala Wai Canal, and see the wild silver doves, mynahs, red cardinals, brown sparrows, java rice birds, green singing finches, and fish in a stream. On weekends, they enjoy hiking in the mountains, valleys, and beautiful beaches in their island paradise. They also like to have fun picnicing at local polo matches and lunches at Haleiwa. They believe in living a simple, frugal, minimal lifestyle full of adventure.
Lorrin and Nina have Similar Favorites
They simply enjoy spending time together reading, traveling, hiking, swimming, camping, watching TV and DVDs, and listening to their Hawaiian and Celtic CDs. They are enthusiastic investors in the stock market and own stocks of many of the world's greatest companies. Their pets have included fish, cockatiels, love birds, doves, and java rice birds. Here are their other favorites...
Foods: Healthy Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Mexican, Thai, and Vietnamese vegetarian dishes. They eat mostly fresh organic fruits and vegetables and prefer raw or steamed foods. Lorrin is an gourmet organic raw food vegan cook and uses the finest quality organic, healthy ingredients he can find. See Lorrin's Organic Raw Vegan Diet and recipes. Lorrin and Nina say that, "Optimal Health should be everyone's #1 priority in life."
Music, CDs: All Andrew Lloyd Weber and Sarah Brightman, Israel Kamakawiwo'ole DVDs, CDs. Keola Beamer, Frances Black, Mary Black, Andrea Bocelli, Cazimero Brothers, The Chieftains, Connie Dover, Enya, Jewel, Mary Jane Lamond, Loreena McKinnett, The Rankin Family, Steve McDonald, and Brad White. They also enjoy celtic and gaelic music, Irish-Scottish music, Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, Erhu music, chants, flutes, ancient instruments, Polish pilgrimage music, and tapes they bought from street musicians on their travels.
DVDs and Films: August Rush, Anne of Green Gables, Dolores Clairborne, As Good as It Gets, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Gone with the Wind, Joy Luck Club, Life is Beautiful, The Wedding Banquet, Braveheart, The Brothers McMullen, the Girl in the Cafe, the Notebook, Titanic, Seabiscuit, Two Family House, and Woman of Substance.
TV Shows: All Olympics. Wimbledon Tennis, US Open Tennis, French Open Tennis, Australian Open Tennis. Championship Figure Skating competitions. Kentucky Derby, Preakness, Belmont - horse races. Also, shows on National Geographic, Discovery, Nova, Bravo, Lifetime, and Food channels.
Books and Magazines: Key to Yourself, As a Man Thinketh, The Richest Man in Babylon, Fantastic Voyage, The Pleasure Trap, Natural Cures. Books on Warren Buffett, investing, health, vegetarian cooking, travel. Magazines: Fast Company, Forbes, Fortune, Inc, People, VegNews, Vegetarian Times. Investors Business Daily paper.
Hotels: Hawaii's Hilton Waikola on the Big Island, Kahala Hilton. California's Beverly Hills Hotel, Stanford Court, Bel Air, Fairmont. Las Vegas' Luxor, MGM Grand, Boardwalk. InterContinental Hotel Hong Kong. Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong.
Stores: Whole Foods Market in New York City and New Jersey. Down to Earth and Kokua Market health food stores on Oahu. Williams-Sonoma.
Restaurants: Golden Grill Chinese Buffett in New Jersey. Ma Maison, Chez Panise in California. Whole Foods Market in New York City. Down to Earth Natural Foods Deli in Moiliili, Hawaii.
It's Fun to Enjoy Life in Many Different Ways
Instead of collecting material things, Lorrin and Nina collect exciting, new experiences. They believe that travel is the greatest eduction and encourage everyone to see their "home": the world. They have traveled by foot, hitchhiking (Lorrin did this alone in the USA), bicycle (in China), moped, car, bus (Greyhound around the USA and Trafalgar Tours in Europe.).
Train (in USA, China), boat, ferry, horseback, mule (into the Grand Canyon), hayride, buggy, balloon (Over Palm Springs, CA). kayak, motorhome (in Washington), underground, metro, taxi (black cab in London), shotover jet (New Zealand), camping (in Hawaii) and soaring in a glider plane (in Hawaii), and whitewater rafting in Alaska and Washington's Wenatchee River.
They have flown in a helicopter, glider plane, and other aircrafts. They even flew in a 4-passenger plane within 100 yards of the former New York World Trade Center (today, they would be shot down). Lorrin has traveled over 6 months all over Europe (over 50 cities). He and Nina have climbed Hawaii's Stairway to Heaven (3,922 steps one way up this stair and back down again.) in Hawaii, their favorite hike. Plus, the Koko Crater Stairs (1,020 steps) on Oahu.
Lorrin and Nina Just Love to Be on World Cruises
They have been on 8 cruises, including the QE2 World Cruise from Hawaii through the Panama Canal to New York, Sun Princess Cruise to Alaska, Carnival Cruise to Mexico, Voyager of the Seas Cruise to Bermuda, Explorer of the Seas to the St Martin, St Thomas, St John, and Puerto Rico. Of course, add the Hawaii Cruises on the Independence and Norwegian Star. Ruby Princess for Aruba, Bonaire, Dominica, Grenada, St Thomas, Eleuthera, and Princess Cays, Bahamas. Plus, the Star of Honolulu. Holland America's Noordam Cruise to St Kitts, St Lucia, Martinique, Barbados, Tortola, and Half Moon Cay, Bahamas.
World Travel is One Life's Greatest Educational Experiences
Here's a documentation of the some of the highlights of their travels to over 50 countries...
  1. USA (45 states), including Santa Catalina Island. USA highlights: Hawaii islands of Kauai, Maui, Molokai, Lanai (Lodge at Koele), Big Island (Hilton Waikaloa Hotel), and Kaaholawe (camping and hiking). Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. Motorhome in Washington Cascades. Chinatowns in San Francisco, and New York City. Private Herbalife concerts in Hollywood: Elton John. Donnie and Marie Osmond. Ricky Nelson (with a hayride).
  2. Aruba - One Happy Island. Wild goats, donkeys. Caves. Huge granite boulders.
  3. Australia - Sydney. A private Air Supply concert in the Sydney Opera House.
  4. Austria - Salzburg, Vienna (enjoyed delicious world-famous pasteries).
  5. Bahamas - Half Moon Cay - Private islands. Best beach I have ever seen. Crystal clear waters.
  6. Bali - Impressive rice fields of great beauty.
  7. Barbados - Awesome beaches. Rock formations. Silky sand.
  8. Bermuda. All roofs are white and designed to collect water for each building.
  9. Bonaire. Flamingos. Scenic beaches.
  10. Canada - Alberta, Banff, British Columbia, Calgary, Edmonton, Lake Louise, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Ontario, Quebec, Toronto.
  11. Cambodia - Siem Reap. Angkor Thom. Angkor Wat Temple, Bayon Temple, and Ta Prohm Temple. Artisan d'Angkor, Old Siem Reap Market.
  12. China - They took their 4 parents with them. Beijing. Underground City. Tiannamen Square. Grand Canal Cruise. Guangzhow. Hangchow by bicycle. Hong Kong. Shanghai. Suzhou. Xian.
  13. Czech Republic - Prague. Colorful. Historic.
  14. Denmark - Copenhagen. Went to Tivoli Gardens 5 times.
  15. Dominica - Sulphur Springs. Waterfalls. Crab in National Park. Botanical Garden.
  16. Eleuthera - A part of the Bahamas, though like a separate country. Interesting peaceful coastline.
  17. England - Bath. Bristol. Chester. Cotswalds. Coventry. Harrogate. Lancaster./ London for Poon's delicious chinese food. Oxford. Stonghenge. Stratford-upon-Avon. York.
  18. Fanning Island - No running water. Bicycled this tiny island. Visited here from a Princess Cruise ship.
  19. Fiji - Brought their inflatable boat for ocean kayaking.
  20. Finland - Alta. Helsinki. Honningsvaag. Jarvenpaa. Jyvaskyla. North Cap. Oulu. Rovaneiemi.
  21. France - Avignon. Lyon. Nice. Nimes. Paris, hiked up to the top of the Eiffel Tower. Loved the sidewalk cafes and lovers kissing everywhere. Ronchamp (Visited the Chapel by Le Corbusier, Lorrin's most inspiring architectural masterpiece.).
  22. Germany - Berlin. Loved visiting the magnificent Zoo and Checkpoint Charlie Museum. Frankfurt, walked this city for miles. Munich. Nuremberg for delicious original gingerbread.
  23. Grenada - The Spice Island. Especially nutmeg. Wild monkey on me was fun.
  24. Guam - Nice and warm. Friendly people.
  25. Hong Kong - InterContinental Hotel, Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong. Apple Store. Hop On Hop Off bus tour.
  26. Hungary - Budapest. Impressive Fishermen's Bastion.
  27. India - Lorrin's favorite country to visit. He rented a private taxi for 24 hours a day. Agra for the magnificent Taj Mahal. A must see in life. Chandigarh, a famous building by Architect Le Corbusier.
  28. Ireland- Blarney Castle where Lorrin kissed the famous stone for his gift of gab. Cork. Dublin for fish & chips and pubs. Galway. Killarney. Limerick. Ring of Kerry. Waterford. What a fun country!
  29. Italy - Assisi, Bologna, Florence (Lorrin was inspired by the greatness of the artworks, especially Michelangelo.), Milan, Naples, Pisa (Lorrin walked to the top on the Leaning Tower.), Ravenna, Rome (Magnificent with dancing fountains galore.), San Gimignano (A very rustic, colorful city.). Siena (Very quaint and charming.), Turin, Vatican City (St Peter's Cathedral was awesome), Venice (Lorrin's dream city.), Verona.
  30. Japan - Hokkaido (Lorrin traveled by train and enjoyed the hot springs.), Kobe (Bullet train). Kyoto (An architectural wonder. Golden Pavilion. Wonderful Japanese luncheon.), Nagasaki (Tram to Peace Park. Enjoyed fresh udon.) Nikko. Shimizu, Mt Fuji view. Samurai Lorrin. Tokyo (Shinjuku, Meiji Shrine, Sensoji Temple. Harajuku, Ometasando, Apple Store. Sumida River cruise).�Charming Yokohama, with largest Chinatown in Japan (Enjoyed Chinese dim sum.)
  31. Macau - Took a ferry from Hong Kong. The gambling capital of Asia. Bigger than Las Vegas!
  32. Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur (Petronas Tower.) Impressive Batu Caves. Malacca. Enjoyed a Trishaw ride. Good food.�
  33. Martinique - Stunning botanical garden ...Jardin Balata. Wow. Allow 1 hour.
  34. Mexico - Acapulco (Visited on a QE2 Cruise.), Cabo San Lucas (Visited on a Carnival cruise.), Matzlan, Merida, Mexico City (Lorrin explored the country side by horseback.), Oaxaca, Tiajuana, Yucatan.
  35. Netherlands - Amsterdam (A boat ride on the canal and the red light district was fascinating.), Rotterdam (It's nice to see the windmills.).
  36. New Zealand - (Flew on small passenger plane to Mt Cook glacier and over a live volcano. Thrilled with a shotover jet boat ride.).
  37. Norway - Arctic Circle, Dombas, Lillehammer (Olympic Village), Mo-I-Rana, Olu. Oslo (Vigeland Sculpture Park was wonderful.), Svolvaer, Tromso, Trondheim.
  38. Okinawa Naha. Machinato. Shuri Castle. Lorrin lived here for 2 years in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
  39. Panama Canal A must see adventure in a lifetime - on the QE2 world cruise.
  40. Poland - Jasna Gora (Saw the famous Black Madonna.), Krakow (Visited the astonishing Salt Mine.), Poznan, Warsaw.
  41. Puerto Rico - Very colorful. Visited on a cruise.
  42. Scotland - Edinburgh (land of the bagpipes). Fascinating castle.
  43. Singapore - Super modern. Clean. Great food. Loved the Marina Bay Sands Infinity Pool. Wow!
  44. Slovakia (Nina's ancester's country.) - Bratislava.
  45. St John. Took a taxi tour. Beautiful beaches. A visit on a Royal Caribbean cruise.
  46. St Kitts - Met the famous green monkeys. Nina made friends with a donkey.
  47. St Lucia - Gorgeous scenery. Pitons. Live volocano.
  48. St Martin- A beautiful island. A visit from a Royal Caribbean cruise.
  49. St Maarten - The Dutch side of St Martin. Inexpensive souvenirs.
  50. St Thomas. A visit on a Royal Caribbean cruise. Scenic views. Rugged coastline.
  51. Sweden - Stockholm (Enjoyed "Dinner" - a Chinese restaurant.). Cruise.
  52. Switzerland - Innsbruck, Lucerne, Zermatt (What a pretty little city.), Zurich.
  53. Taiwan - Taipei. Wonderful landscapes and delicious food. Visited the top of Taipei 101, 2nd tallest in the world at the time of our visit. Impressive National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Longsham Temple, National Palace Museum, Evergreen Vegan Restaurant. Jiufen, popular with tourists. Stayed at Dong Wu Hotel, good breakfast buffet. Rode the High Speed Rail. Easy to get around by cheap taxi and MRT. So much to see.
  54. Thailand - Bangkok (Lovely women everywhere. Delicious food. Wat Phrakaew Temple, Emerald Buddha, Wat Pho, Recling Buddha, Royal Grand Palace, Wat Arun Temple of the Dawn, Wat Tramit, Golden Buddha. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Rose Garden, Thai Fingernail Dancing, Cultural Show, Thai Boxing.). Chiang Mai. Fun Mae Sa elephant ride, bumpy ox-cart ride, and restful bamboo river raft ride. Orchid nursery. Wat Prathat Temple, Sankempaeng and Bosarng villages. Akha and Padong Long Neck Hill Tribes.
  55. Tortola, British Virgin Islands - Visit Bomba Bar...fascinating!
  56. Vatican - Totally awesome. Sistine Chapel. St. Peter's Basilica. So beautiful. Huge.
  57. Vietnam - Danang, Halong Bay (Scenic boat ride, spectacular limestone rock cave), Hoian (Japanese Covered Bridge, Tan Ky Old House, Assembly Hall, Phuc Kien Pagoda), Hanoi (Hanoi Hilton - the Hoa Lo Prison, Temple of Literature, Sword Lake), Ho Chi Minh City (motor bikes galore, King's Mausoleums of KhaiDinh and TuDuc. Cu Chi Tunnel, where Lorrin went into, colorful Water Puppet Show. Reunification Hall, General Post Office, Cathedral, Ben Thanh Market.), Hue City (Thien Mu Pagoda, Imperial City), Mekong Delta and Mytho (Boat ride, peasants houses, coconut candy factory.
  58. Wales - Cardiff, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwymdrobwll-llantysiliogogogoch. Visited with Trafalgar Tours.
Future adventures? Definitely more fun cruises. Their country wish list includes: Argentina. Brazil. Cambodia. Chile, Egypt. Estonia. Galapagos. Greece. Bali, Indonesia, Kenya. Korea. Latvia. Lithuania. Malaysia. Morocco. Myanmar. Portugal. Russia. Singapore. South Africa. Spain. Seychelles, Sri Lanka. Tibet. Turkey.
Computer Tools: 27" iMac i7. 32GB Memory. 8TB Hard Drive. iPad mini retina cellular 128GB. 8TB G-Technology HD. iDVD. iMovie. Final Cut Pro. Lorrin normally purchases new computers annually to enjoy the latest technology. His passion is swimming, reading, watching Netflix DVDs, creating websites, YouTube videos, and beautiful DVDs to document his world travels and ideas.
Mission in Life and Advice for You: He believes that 'your life is your message'. Therefore, his and Nina's mission is to live life to the fullest. His advice to you: Travel more. Read more. Take chances. Have no regrets. Stretch yourself to next level. Enjoy the rest of your life to the fullest. Aim for optimal health. Stay positive. Have more fun. Contribute and make a difference in the lives of people worldwide. Constantly improvement in all areas of your life. ...truly LIVE. Now.
Lorrin's Philosophy: "Our life is our message. Instead of acquiring money, homes, cars, and material things, we collect friends and memorable experiences. Our life is our message of joy, fun and happiness — so we can inspire people all over the world."
This video captures the Wonderful World of Lorrin and Nina Lee. Hawaii.
Lorrin Lee ...Internet Entrepreneur
500 University Ave #2415
Honolulu Hawaii 96826 USA
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Email: lorrin@lorrinlee.com
Call: 808-949-5000.
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Author and Seminar Leader.
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Up, up, and way in California.
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Want a ride in the rainforest of Hawaii?
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Camping on the beach in Hawaii.
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Come join us on a wild elephant safari.
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We landed on this glacier. Mt Cook, NZ.
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Jetboating in Queenstown, New Zealand.
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Lorrin at the magnificent Taj Mahal in India.
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At the awesome Great Wall of China.
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Ready for a China camel adventure.
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Off to a fun cruise to Bermuda.
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On a fun Explorer of the Seas Cruise.
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With a giant troll in Dombas, Norway.
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Lorrin and Nina hike Koko Crater, Hawaii.