Hawaiian Lei Culture

October 16, 2012 4 Comments »

Lei shop sign

While in in New York City for a month I’m dreaming about my next destination, the Hawaiian island of Lanai.  One of the things that struck me on my last trip to Hawaii was the culture and industry around leis.  A lei is basically any series of objects strung together with the intent to be worn. […]

Hawaii Trees

January 27, 2012 9 Comments »

Trees are like a magnet to my camera lens.  I find myself capturing trees around the world.  My recent trip to Hawaii was no exception.  The Big Island and Oahu were full of perfect trees ready to model for me!  Here are some of my favorites.   This post made possible by Kuhio Shores, an […]

An Itinerary for the Big Island of Hawaii

January 26, 2012 7 Comments »

Hawaii Hike

For me, travel is about experiences and connecting with people. When I make a connection with people in a destination, then it will turn into one of those magical places that will be on my ‘favorite’ list for years to come. That is what the Big Island of Hawaii was for me. I made many […]

A Place to Call Home on the Big Island

January 12, 2012 3 Comments »


As a solo traveler I look for smaller, intimate places to stay. I feel lost in big resorts and quite frankly it’s just not my style. I was combing the internet in search of a small, local place to stay near Waimea on the Big Island and I came across Annette at the Aloha Vacation […]

Hawaii From Above Photography

January 6, 2012 13 Comments »

  When I first started my career break travels in 2006, I stumbled across a photography exhibition in Melbourne Australia called The Earth From Above; aerial photography from all over the world.  I fell in love with it immediately; it provided such a unique perspective that few people get to see.  The exhibit inspired me […]

The Big Island from Above

January 5, 2012 12 Comments »

Big Island

After driving around the entire Big Island for a week I could appreciate the diversity of landscapes, however today is when the all of the puzzle pieces come together. The lava field piece connects with the rainforest piece. The brown desert piece connects to the turquoise waters of the coast. The towering mountains connecta with […]

Road Trip to Puna on the Big Island Hawaii

December 9, 2011 34 Comments »

tree lined road

The trees look as if they have plotted a slow attack to take over the road. Vines hang down trying to slyly block my way and hinder my vision. The road isn’t straight nor does it have any defined shoulders or boundaries. The asphalt is laid around each tree trunk making the road look like […]

Remembering the Day of Infamy

December 6, 2011 5 Comments »

USS Arizona Memorial

Planes are zooming in, rat-a-tat-tat echoing around me, bombs exploding, smoke everywhere and the footage continues to roll past me in black and white. The Pearl Harbor attack; a day I’ve only read about. As I sit and watch the movie of the attack, which includes old footage and ancient pictures of a horrible day, […]

Over the Rainbow in Hawaii

December 2, 2011 3 Comments »

When moisture and sunshine combine in just the right combination, a rainbow occurs. The perfect combination happens more often in Hawaii than any other state and that’s why the state motto is The Rainbow State! During my 3 weeks in Oahu and the Big Island I saw more rainbows than I’ve ever seen in my […]

Chain of Craters Road: How to Enjoy this Barren Landscape

December 1, 2011 15 Comments »

Big Island Travel Guide

The radio plays old Van Morison tunes as I sing along in the car with my eyes peeled on the Chain of Craters Road wondering what I will encounter next. The Big Island’s main attraction is volcanoes; it is the youngest of the Hawaiian Islands. There are 6 volcanoes that have worked together over the […]

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