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These Are a Few of My Favorite Eateries

These Are a Few of My Favorite Eateries August 28, 2011 | Food, Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
Good food is nestled in between the many eateries in Hilo, Keaau, and Pahoa on the Big Island. There is a lot of places to eat, although unfortunately, not all are great. So here’s a brief directory of where to eat and drink while exploring the east side of the Big Island. -Full Moon Cafe has...

A Day In Puna

A Day In Puna August 19, 2011 | Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
So you’re on the Big Island, and you head to the east side, AKA the rainy side. You’ll want to explore deep in isolated Puna, known as the boonies. Begin your day down along the Puna coast enjoying nature in all of her glory. If you haven’t had breakfast yet stop by the town’s...

Hawaii’s Not-Entirely-Forbidden Ni’ihau Island

Hawaii’s Not-Entirely-Forbidden Ni’ihau Island June 4, 2011 | Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Years went by as I watched Ni’ihau from Polihali Beach on Kaua’i. After a lifetime growing up in Hawaii I’d become intrigued with the idea of a “forbidden” and preserved island cut off from all outside contact. Being a fan of kahelelani shells helped my fascination grow...

Rain, rain, don’t go away, the Big Island is still fun for play

Rain, rain, don’t go away, the Big Island is still fun for play May 19, 2011 | Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
Hawaii just emerged from about a week of rain, thunder and lightening, puddles and blustery days. Personally, I enjoy the rain when it’s that heavy, when it’s truly fitting to where long pants, a cozy sweat shirt, and maybe even those fluffy Ugg boots that a lot of us girls in Hawaii long...

Lava, hippies, and warm ponds, oh my!

Lava, hippies, and warm ponds, oh my! May 11, 2011 | Food, Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
I was raised on the Big Island of Hawaii. Fresh off the boat from New York City at seven years old, we moved to the boonies of the north side. The “driveway” leading up to our old plantation house was two miles of dirt and rocks, and between begging my mom to let me play the first Nintendo,...

Going Big on the Big Island

Going Big on the Big Island March 8, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
We were walking through a tunnel of green. Towering palms, ferns, and other tropical vegetation surrounded us, encroaching on the trail, though in a friendly, non-threatening way. The temperature was a perfect 68 degrees, and birds called out everywhere in the forest. Colorful flowers broke up the sea...

Hawaii’s Public Transportation

Hawaii’s Public Transportation August 26, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
Public transportation in Hawaii is, comparatively speaking. a work in progress. As I write, the state is still reeling from the closing and subsequent bankruptcy of the inter-island high speed Superferry, the bankruptcy of Aloha Airlines leaving inter-island travel at the mercy of Hawaiian Airlines....

Handy Hawaii Tips

May 11, 2010 | Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
So you’re planning your trip to Hawaii? The planning stages of a trip of this magnitude can be a daunting experience, but all the preparation and research are well worth it. Just take it slow and in small bites and when that momentous day arrives, you’ll be better off for it. Here are a...

The Pride of America – NCL’s Inter-Island Wonderland

The Pride of America – NCL’s Inter-Island Wonderland April 26, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
She is the last of what was originally three Norwegian Cruise Lines ships in the Hawaiian Islands. With the Pride of Aloha being reflagged years ago as the Norwegian Sky and the newest, the Pride of Hawaii now the Norwegian Jade, she remains as the only Hawaii inter-island pleasure cruise ship, the only...

Lei the Icon of Aloha

April 6, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
Along with Diamond Head, Waikiki Beach and surfing, the fresh flower lei is the most perfect of all Hawaii icons. It has deep roots in the Hawaiian culture as an expression of love, respect, reverence, celebration and welcome. Simple, elaborate, colorful or plain, there is a lei for every reason and...
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