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We usually associate Hawaii with gleaming beaches, sunshine and luxurious hotels, but that’s not all that there is to these islands. There is also history, culture and adventures waiting for those that want to experience them. Therefore, it is necessary to plan the bulk of your trip in advance to save both money and time. Check…

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Packing is probably my least favorite part of travel, and even pulling together a suitcase for something as blissful as ten days in Hawaii usually leaves me writing in agony on the floor of my closet. Still, I admit that this being my second time to the Aloha State, I had a much better idea of…

This post is brought to you by guest author Allie Sullivan. It can be hard to get motivated to exercise while you are supposed to be relaxing on holiday, but it pays to weave it in to your schedule to balance out holiday food and booze over-indulgence. It also helps to create an overall sense of…

When I began planning my trip to Hawaii, it was entirely based around the generous hospitality of family and friends who live there. Frankly, I didn’t know there was any other way — I pictured nothing but endless rows of high-end hotels, far out of reach of my teeny tiny budget. And then, in my research…

Helping Hawaii, One Bite at a Time: Big Island Agriculture thumbnail

Where did that pineapple I ate on the beach in Waikiki beach come from? What about bananas I picked up at the grocery store in Hilo? The answer might surprise you. Today, a full 85% of Hawaii’s food is imported. This is a shocking statistic, considering the islands used to independently feed a population estimated to…

After my recent experience with snowmobiling in Iceland, I was starting to think that maybe piloting motorized vehicles at fast speeds was not the vacation activity for me. But then Wim asked Heather and me if we wanted to go on an ATV tour in Hawaii, and being a Yes Girl I really only had one…

Hawaii was filled with highs for me. So when it came time to write about my trip, I thought why not start with the most literal high of them all? In Oahu, I conquered one of my long-standing fears and checked a major item off my Life List: I went skydiving in Hawaii. It all started…

Dear Hawaii, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to introduce you on my blog. I’ve only been away from you for a week but I still feel fireworks when I think of you. I want my readers to know — I want the world to know — all the ways in which you are a…

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