Moanalua to Haiku Stairs (Stairway to Heaven)

Haiku Stairs

One of the most frequent questions I get is “How do you hike Stairway to Heaven?” (Also known as Haiku Stairs) and the answer is always tricky. If you hike the normal stairs (up from the bottom and back down) you risk a $1000 fine from the Honolulu Board of Water Supply, community service, and possible jail time. So my suggestion for anyone who wants to see the infamous stairs is to hike the backside from Moanalua (Middle Ridge). Please…

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Exploring Kauai: The Garden Isle

Waimea Canyon Look Out.

Most people assume all of Hawaii is the same. But as I’m lucky enough to live here, I know that each island has it’s own culture, beauty, and uniqueness. It’s always fun to go play tourist on other islands and to get away from the hustle and bustle of Oahu. This year, we took a long weekend over the Thanksgiving holiday to explore Kauai. However, I’m going to include pictures and recommendations from previous trips as well. So for any…

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Mermaid Accessories

Sea shell bangles

Shell Bangles My new obsession in Hawaii is treasure hunting (aka shell diving). There is something so addicting about putting on a mask and diving into the crystal clear ocean in search of shells that the latest swell brought in. I’m a firm believer that you shouldn’t take from the sea without giving back so with every dive I try to do a beach clean up. You wouldn’t believe all the trash people leave on our beaches and our oceans.…

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Top Three (Local) Beaches to Visit on Oahu

Beach Essentials: First things first. IF you’re going to hang out at the local beaches in Hawaii, you should [try] to look like one. Below are some of my favorite beach essentials that I ALWAYS have with me. Sunbum is an environmentally safe sunscreen. Good for your skin, good for the ocean. I usually wear a 7-7.5 in regular shoes and can fit a XS/S fin, it just depends on how tight you want your strap. I never go to…

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How to Spend a Week in Cuba

Old American Car in Havana Cuba

I had a vacation planned for the east coast for two weddings and decided while I was there to add Cuba to my list. I convinced my best friend and fellow blogger, Alex Caraciolo, to come with me (our plus ones tagged along as well 😉 …thanks for the photos boys! xx) Things To Know Before You Go: We booked our tickets before Trump announced changes for travel to Cuba in June 2017. While you can no longer travel under…

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Hiking The Pali Notches

Pali Notches Chimney.

Getting There The Pali Notches is one of the more intense hikes on Oahu. To get there from town, drive on the Pali Highway and follow the signs for the Pali Lookout, or the Nuuanu Pali. Or, simply type Pali Lookout into your GPS. It’s about a 20 minute drive from Honolulu. There are two entrances leading up to the trail. The more inconspicuous one is in front of the paid parking meter. The hike is relatively short and can…

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An Unforgettable Hawaii Proposal

I haven’t posted in a while because July was INSANE. I’m pretty sure 99% of my friends on this island were born during this month so between camping trips, boat parties, BBQ’s, and dinners I’ve barely had time to catch a breath (a lot to complain about, I know). And on top of all that, my best friends boyfriend and I were planning their PROPOSAL IN HAWAII! Chase reached out to me at the end of June telling me his…

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Upcycling, DIY & Sustainability

Hanging shelf on reclaimed wood

The majority of my blog posts focus on the great outdoors and travel but I’d like to take an opportunity to come back to living a sustainable lifestyle. If you’ve read the ‘About Me‘ page on the site then you know I am all about living local, supporting small businesses and striving for environment friendly products. I also try to up-cycle as much as possible and am always looking for DIY projects. That being said I recently moved from my…

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Exploring Maui: The Valley Isle

Haleakala Sunset

Living on Oahu is amazing, but when I have a long weekend I love to explore the neighbor islands. Since I haven’t visited Maui in two years, it seemed necessary to take a quick trip over Easter weekend. It helps when some of your best friends used to live there and can give you a pretty amazing to-do list. It’s even better when they decide to join you and show you their favorite spots in person (thanks Macey & Liz).…

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Swimming to Chinaman’s Hat (Mokoli’i)

As mentioned in my Oahu Favorites post, one of the best things to do is swim out to Chinaman’s hat (Mokoli’i) on the east side of the island. With water shoes and at low tide you can walk from the beach area out to the small island. At low tide the water will be about waist high. However, I highly recommend bringing a kayak, boogie board, paddle board,  floats and/or fins. The swim is best recommended for people who are experienced…

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