Traveling Thailand

Wat Pho Temple

My first time in Thailand was in 2015. I was backpacking for a couple weeks with my besties from college. We started in Bangkok, and made our way through the islands for the Full Moon Party and New Years then finished up in Chiang Mai trekking with elephants. It has been my favorite place to-date and it’s not surprising that I made my way back for a few days. 2015 Thailand Recap 2016 Thailand: Bangkok This time around Nicole and I were…

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Best of Japan: Day trips

Japan Shrine

I spent my Thanksgiving Holiday on a plane headed for Japan (Thanks, China Airlines for the two decent meals on my 9 hour flight). I was meeting my friend Nicole in Yokosuka where we were staying with our friend, Josh, who had just been stationed out there. My very first impression of Japan is it is CLEAN and the transit system is impeccable. Nicole and I purchased our Japan Rail Pass before we left so all I had to do was…

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Makapuu Trail to Tide Pools

Makapuu Tidepool

As mentioned in my Oahu Favorites post, one of my favorite spots on island is the Makapuu tide pools. The tide pools are a little detour from the ever popular Makapuu Lighthouse trail on the east side of Oahu. How to get there: If driving from Honolulu, park at the Makapuu lighthouse trail entrance on your right. Try to get there early as parking fills up rather quick. Start at the paved road and continue walking up. This is one…

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Island Life

Kakaako Farmers Market – Shop Local

Fresh Produce at Kaakao Farmers Market

Kakaako Farmers Market: If you don’t already know, Hawaii is expensive. Almost everything we have on island is imported. As part of my mission to help make a sustainable Hawaii {and save a couple bucks} I always try to get my groceries from the farmers markets around the island. During the week I shop at one near my work but the weekend markets are my favorite, especially the Kakaako Farmers Market. So whether you’re on vacation or living here- this is a…

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health, Island Life, sustainable projects

Shark Dive, Oahu

Galapagos Shark

So you might think diving into shark infested waters without a cage is a little crazy. However, I’m happy to report that I’ve done this twice and made it out in one piece. This has nothing to do with actually being a mermaid, either. Now hear me out, sharks aren’t pets nor are they domestic in any way (and rightfully so) but they are truly majestic and powerful creatures of the ocean. You would think that the entire experience would…

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Island Life, travel

Hanauma Bay Rock Bridge

Hanauma Bay Rock Bridge

Most people head over to Hanauma Bay to snorkel, but one of the coolest costal spots on island is right around the corner: Hanauma Bay Rock Bridge. Before heading down to the bay to swim, follow the paved road to the right of the “Hanauma Bay” entrance sign. Yes, it’s gated with a ‘no trespassing’ sign so go at your own discretion. The hike is only about a mile or two but bring lots of water as there is zero shade.…

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Island Life

Koko Head Arch

Koko Head Arch

If you read my Koko Head Crater post you probably think this is another murder hike. On the contrary, this is actually a short and sweet hike with equally impressive views. The Koko Head Arch trail head is located across from Halona Blowhole on the east side of the island.  Park there then cross the street and hop over the guard rail at mile marker 15. From there: Climb up the rocks until you’re on a flat surface. You’ll be…

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LDW in Alaska

Aerial View of Alaskan Range

Labor Day Weekend in Alaska Labor Day Weekend is typically spent soaking up the last days of summer, drinking a nice cold brew and grilling out with family and friends. However, living in Hawaii pretty much equals endless summer. So Erin -my fellow mermaid/travel companion- and I hadn’t seen snow in almost three years and decided an Alaskan girls getaway would be ideal. We originally planned on heading over to San Diego to visit friends until we realized that tickets were OUTRAGEOUS. It…

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Big Island Lava Flow

Volcano National Park

The closest thing you get to a road trip living in Hawaii is island hopping. Sometimes you need a little motivation to book a flight (even though its only a 20 minutes each way). Mine was to see the lava flow into the ocean on Big Island. The lava had been pumping for the past month and when I was there in April for my birthday we went to the lava fields, but no gooey magma was witnessed. I had…

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Island Life, travel

Koko Head Stairs of Doom

Koko Head Tram

Some people love the gym. I am NOT one of those people. My entire life, exercise has been daunting and it wasn’t until my early twenties when I started really putting in effort. However, living in Hawaii has made me more fit than I’ve ever been and I’ve never felt better. The secret? Outdoor activities. Why would I ever pay to go to a gym to climb the stair master when I have mountains I can climb in under an hour? Not to mention the amazing…

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health, Island Life