Living on the mainland is fun, but getting asked the same questions and being stereotyped all the time gets old pretty fast. The purpose of this blog is to help the locals away from home find something to relate to and to laugh about. Hawaii is the best place to be from, and so if you’re lost in the mainland, no fear. You’ve come to the right place where there is growing a community of Hawaii locals relating stories and aloha from around the world.

The Author

My name is Leialoha but you can call me Lei… or local girl or Miss Hawaii or the Hawaiian girl–I’ve been called so many things throughout my life, let’s just say anything Hawaii related goes. As a local girl living in the countryside town of Payson, Utah, I’ve found ways to enjoy living on the mainland and adapt to the culture and lifestyle here. There’s so much to learn, and since I’ve been away from home for so long, I’ve gained an insightful perspective on the American-Hawaiian experience. Whenever I say I’m from Hawaii, there are always some good and bad things that happen to me, and I can’t help sharing these experiences.

If you want to know a little more about the American-Hawaiian experience, or maybe you’re the local lost on the mainland, start by reading “10 Questions Locals get asked all the time” or “Things Local People Say that Mainlanders Don’t Understand.” If you’re trying to win a local girl’s heart or just figure out what kinds of local foods you can make when you’re away from home, this is the place!

Be sure to follow my Facebook page to get the latest articles on what it’s like to be lost on da mainland!

Wanna know more about me? Here are some random facts cause if can, can!


I love smoothies, pizza, and poi (not all at once but you know what I mean).

My favorite color? Blue all the way

I lived in three countries (America, Japan, and the Philippines) and in various places across Hawaii (I’ll list them just cause I know how important that is to locals): Laie, Wahiawa, Waipio Gentry, Hilo, Keaau, Hawaiian Acres, and Mountain View.

I speak four languages, but not all fluently (since Pidgin English is a language now, I guess you could say I speak five languages!).

I suck at taking selfies.

I love playing piano!

I get told a lot that I don’t look very Hawaiian.

Anything that has to do with coconut is an instant favorite.

I consider myself a military brat.

I love writing this blog and hope you love reading it too.

So… don’t forget to like and follow! ALOHA! 🙂

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