Hawaii: Oahu’s Waikiki Beach

We had an incredible four days exploring Hawaii's Big Island. We were on the move each day, staying in different towns each night, and experiencing the island's variety-- in landscape, activities, people, sites and more. During the second half of our trip to Hawaii we visited Oahu for three days and took an opposite approach, staying …

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Hawaii: Oahu’s Southern Shore

Our last full day on Oahu we drove along the southern shore to experience a few natural wonders both on land and in water. After incredible days exploring the North Shore, Waikiki Beach, downtown Honolulu, Pearl Harbor and more, it was finally time for a low-key day. We set out while it was still dark …

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Hawaii: Oahu’s North Shore

I’m an early bird so morning flights don’t bother me--in fact, I find them preferable. We were able to take advantage of an early morning puddle jumper from the Big Island to Oahu half-way through our trip to Hawaii, which offered us a few benefits. First, we had an incredible, birds-eye view of the sunrise …

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Hawaii’s Big Island: Sunset on Mauna Kea

After an incredible four days on Hawaii's Big Island, exploring the Kona Coast, the green sand beaches and southern most point of the U.S., Volcano National Park, Hilo and the eastern shore, and the island's northern cattle country, I took a moment to appreciate how much we had experienced in such a short time. Seeing first-hand …

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Hawaii’s Big Island: North Island Adventures

After our leisurely day of driving the eastern coast of the Big Island we ended in Waimea in the northern part of the island. Along the way we noticed the scenery changing once again as we entered the grassy, hilly terrain marking our entry to cattle country. Some of the oldest and largest privately owned cattle …

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Hawaii’s Big Island: Exploring Hilo

As part of our perimeter tour of Hawaii's Big Island, we spent a leisurely day driving from Volcano Village to Waimea via Hilo. We heard Hilo, and the Big Island in general, referred to as 'old Hawaii,' and it was certainly the experience I had in my mind. Laid back, welcoming and beautiful. After sleeping in …

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Hawaii’s Big Island: Volcano National Park

We spent our first day on Hawaii's Big Island acclimating, exploring the Kona Coast, touring a coffee plantation, and seeing one of the few green sand beaches in the world. I wasn't sure how anything else could top it, but I quickly learned that the Big Island had a lot more to discover! Our second …

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Hawaii’s Big Island: Green Sand Beaches and the Southern Point of the U.S.

After an incredible morning exploring the Kona Coast, we continued our drive south toward Volcano Village, where we were planning to spend our second night on the Big Island. It was incredible how much the scenery and geography changed as we continued south and into the areas more recently shaped by volcanic activity. The lush, …

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