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What I Wish I Knew: Hawaii’s Big Island

If you’ve been following the blog, you know that Hawaii has been on my mind since we visited earlier this month! We had an incredible time, and we highly recommend it for your next vacation or celebratory getaway! There are a few things, however, that are good to know if you’ve never been before. Many… Continue reading What I Wish I Knew: Hawaii’s Big Island

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Unforgettable Lava Boat Tour

Disclaimer: I have not and will not receive compensation for this blog post. It was such a great experience, I needed to write and tell you about it. There are a few epic experiences from our travels that really stand out: swimming with penguins and sea lions in the Galapagos, hot air ballooning in Cappadocia, attending… Continue reading Unforgettable Lava Boat Tour

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The Journey Home

Originally published on 31 July 2006. This post is part of a series of “e-mails to home” from my summer living and working in Japan! I’m home! After one last Sushi Lo supper on Saturday, I turned in my bike and waited at the school for Mrs. Koda to pick me up. She came about 7:15 or… Continue reading The Journey Home

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7 Steps to Plan Your Big Island Trip

Aloha! It’s a very special Where I Went Wednesday! If you’ve been following along on the blog, you know my sweet husband and I just took a big anniversary trip to beautiful Hawaii! After our first anniversary on O’ahu (the island with Honolulu, Waikiki, and Pearl Harbor), we decided to spend every anniversary on an… Continue reading 7 Steps to Plan Your Big Island Trip

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Hiking Hawaii: The Big Island

It is Travel Tip Tuesday on the blog, and today it’s all about tips and tricks for hiking Hawaii’s Big Island! The Island of Hawaii has tons of trails. In fact, many of their best beaches and most unique sites are only accessible via hike (or 4 wheel drive + serious skills).We were only able… Continue reading Hiking Hawaii: The Big Island

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Futami: I Couldn’t Stay Away

Originally published on 29 July 2006. This post is part of a series of “e-mails to home” from my summer living and working abroad in Japan! Today I woke up early to talk to Mom online and get to the beach one last time. Next time I talk to my family, it’ll be in the flesh!… Continue reading Futami: I Couldn’t Stay Away

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Top 10 Highlights of Hilo

Happy Aloha Friday! It’s also Flyaway Friday here on the blog, and this week we’re setting our sights on beautiful Hilo, Hawaii! We only spent one day in Hilo, but I wish we’d spent at least one more day–so consider that for your trip! We did hit the highlights in this cute, seaside town, and… Continue reading Top 10 Highlights of Hilo

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Tying Up Loose Ends

Originally published on 29 July 2006. This post is part of a series of “e-mails to home” from my time living and working abroad in Japan! Is it really the last day? Yes! Yes it is! The past 3 days since I got back from Tokyo have been relaxing, wonderful, and memorable. On Thursday, I turned in… Continue reading Tying Up Loose Ends

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What I Ate on Hawaii’s Big Island

It’s everyone’s favorite: What I Ate Wednesday! Last week we talked about the luau on the Big Island, and this week I’m letting you in on the rest of the Hawaiian goodness! If there’s one thing Hawaiians know how to do, it’s eat well! Fresh Fruit Maybe it’s all the hiking, but Hawaii quite possibly has the… Continue reading What I Ate on Hawaii’s Big Island

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Road Tripping Hawaii’s Big Island

Islands are typically small enough to drive around in less than a day. That’s why Steve and I like them for anniversary trips–there’s only so far you can go, so it’s an inherently relaxing place to be. Not so for Hawaii’s Big Island! This trip took a little more planning because there is just more… Continue reading Road Tripping Hawaii’s Big Island