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How to ruin your Hawaii visit with sunburn

When I first came to Hawaii, I went surfing without sunscreen on my backside and the result was 2nd degree burns on the backs of my legs and then 2 days in the hotel room, unable to walk.  You can almost always identify visitors by their burned red skin. For many,  Hawaii is the first

How to ruin your Hawaii visit with sunburn2019-06-03T07:40:09-10:00

How to Drive with Aloha when in Hawaii

You can tell a lot about a society's cultural values by how people drive and if you've traveled to different parts of the world (or the USA for that matter) you can see a huge difference between, say, New York City and Reno, Nevada. Hawaii also has it's own driving style and if you come

How to Drive with Aloha when in Hawaii2019-06-03T08:18:25-10:00

Fireworks on Oahu: illegal but still popular

With Independence Day (July 4) coming up, visitors not familiar with Hawaii's culture and history might not quite understand whether fireworks are illegal or not.  On one hand, they are illegal.  On the other hand, by what one sees and hears at night, those laws don't seem to be observed.  While July 4 is the

Fireworks on Oahu: illegal but still popular2019-06-03T08:22:10-10:00

New things to do on the Makapuu Lighthouse Hike

The Makapuu Lighthouse hike is one of the most popular activities on Oahu and with good reason.  It's so easy to do, well-paved, good parking, and breathtaking views. If you haven't done it yet, it's another one of those must-do kind of things.  Now if you've already done the hike, we're going to give you

New things to do on the Makapuu Lighthouse Hike2019-04-08T07:37:19-10:00

Why the Diamond Head hike is a must-do

Hawaii has wide range of hikes on both the natural diversity (mountain, jungle, waterfall) and difficulty scales and so there really is something for everyone. If you've been to Hawaii and haven't gone on any kind of hike, you've really missed out on a great way to experience the islands. If you're going to be

Why the Diamond Head hike is a must-do2019-04-08T07:22:08-10:00

How do you deal with crowds in Hawaii?

Because Hawaii has very little developed land and a relatively high population, it means we're all pretty densely packed together. The most urban island of Oahu has about 25% of its land mass classified as urban while the the rest is split between conservation and agricultural.  Statewide, only 5% of the land is classified as

How do you deal with crowds in Hawaii?2019-03-12T10:18:28-10:00

How on earth can you afford living in Hawaii?

For most people vacationing in Hawaii, all it takes is one trip to the grocery store or a quick scan of the real estate classifieds to get hit with extreme sticker shock.  Yes, not only is it super expensive to live here, but most jobs pay significantly less than their mainland counterparts.  So the inevitable

How on earth can you afford living in Hawaii?2019-03-01T07:38:00-10:00

The antidote for Island Fever and boredom

Island Fever is the term many use for an insatiable desire to "get off the rock".  Personally, I've never had it.  In fact, I'd say I have the exact opposite "Island Glue" (my term) which is to say I don't want to go anywhere off the island! That said, while you might not get Island

The antidote for Island Fever and boredom2019-02-28T07:31:44-10:00

Is Hawaii right for you? Are you sure? Maybe not!

According to some reports, more people move out rather than move in to Hawaii each year.  It's easy to fall in love with Hawaii, but for many it's more of a one-night stand than a long term relationship.  Our local girl Aina gives you 3 reasons why it may not be for you. Read: "Top

Is Hawaii right for you? Are you sure? Maybe not!2019-01-29T08:03:18-10:00