Rain Forest Hawaii

November 25, 2011 6 Comments »

rainforest canopy

Akaka Falls State Park on the Big Island of Hawaii was the next stop on my Big Island Adventure.  The Hamakua Coast and Hilo were living up to it’s reputation of the rainiest places on earth!   It had been pouring rain all day with no end to the moody, gray clouds – so I decided […]

Solo Travel Instincts

November 22, 2011 13 Comments »

solo travel

I pulled up outside of the airport and saw the flashing lights glaring, almost glowing, in the dark rainy night. I slowed down and pulled over hearing the gravel crunch under my tires. I flashed my lights twice as a signal that I had arrived. The van immediately took off and I followed dutifully. But […]

Oauhu’s Wild Leeward Coast

November 18, 2011 4 Comments »

Waianae hawaii

The first thing you need to know about islands is that there is a windward and leeward coast. The windward coast is pretty self explanatory, but the leeward coast is basically the downwind coast and therefore generally the more calm side of the island. For Oahu, when you mention the leeward coast you normally have […]

Not For Tourists Luau

November 17, 2011 18 Comments »

pineapple

I heard it over and over, “You must go to a luau; the quintessential Hawaiian experience.” However there’s nothing about me that likes quintessential, in fact if everyone else is going to see something, then most likely I won’t just because I’m stubborn. I’m doubt my stubbornness is one of my best traits, but it […]

China Town in Hawaii

November 11, 2011 5 Comments »

One of my favorite places to visit in any city is the ethnic areas.  For some reason when I visit them I feel more at home – I can’t really explain it.   They make me want to take photos.   So when I went to Oahu, Chinatown was high on my list to visit.  […]

Restoring the Past – Iolani Palace

November 10, 2011 4 Comments »

doors

  The grand koa wood staircase was shining with a new coat of oil as the focal point of the room; it’s beautiful curves lead the eye gently from the second floor down to the first floor. Men and women dressed in ornate gowns and neck-restricting tuxedos floated around the staircase receiving each other with […]

Oahu’s North Shore

November 4, 2011 18 Comments »

Oahu has surprised me on many levels so far.  With access to a car, you can really go explore every corner and find yourself on a turquoise secluded beach easily.   That’s exactly what I did on the North Shore.  Ron and I drove to the North shore to do the Shark Cage Experience early in […]

School’s in Session – Talking Travel

November 3, 2011 8 Comments »

'Iolani School

“What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done?” “So….(big pause) you don’t live anywhere?” “What’s the grossest thing you’ve eaten?” “What are some good volunteer programs?” “What made you decide to quit your job?” “Do you file/pay taxes?” “Do you ever worry about your safety?” “What’s your favorite country?” For the last two days I’ve been […]

Travel Serendipity

October 27, 2011 18 Comments »

Oahu

Serendipity is when someone finds something that they weren’t expecting to find. This is normally associated with a good outcome – something pleasant and unexpected. However I had the pleasure and misfortune of experiencing travel serendipity twice on the same day – the day I arrived in Hawaii. I’m on the move again; albeit for […]

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