A Hawaii Wedding On the Mainland: Tips and Tricks to Succeed

It’s really difficult to plan a wedding that includes some traditional Hawaiian wedding items. Maybe it shouldn’t be that hard, but I live on the mainland and I don’t have family back home who can send stuff. I know that I can order things from Hawaii, but overall everything is really expensive (and I recognize…

What is #LightTheWorld?

What is #LightTheWorld? You’ve probably seen it by now; your facebook feed shows your friends adding “Light the World” frames to their profile pictures, an instagram photo shows a family donating water bottles with the #lighttheworld, or you see signs or posters with these three bold letters with pictures of Mary holding a newborn babe….

Sushi Ebisuya 🍣

It can be an easy restaurant to miss if you’re not looking for it. As you walk in downtown Hilo, look for the sign with a hand-painted sign featuring a fish, waves, a volcano, and the words Sushi Ebisuya. Parking can be a little bit tricky if you’re not used to the one-way roads in…

Mahalo to Our Veterans

In honor of Veteran’s Day, I thought it would be nice to write a mahalo to our veterans. Especially in the month of November, people tend to focus more on gratitude. In Hawaii, the word for thank you is “mahalo” and the concept of mahalo is to be grateful in all things, both in good…

5 Types of Tourists in Hawaii

I thought it would be fun to write a little article about the types of tourists you might see in Hawaii. This can definitely be applied to any place you go, but from my observations, travels, and just from being a tourist myself, I think there are certain types of tourists all over. Can you…

Local Expectations vs. Tourist Expectations

  I was super bummed. When someone asked me to “introduce the real Hawaii” to them while I was in my hometown, Hilo, I took that job pretty seriously. I took my mainland friend to both sides of the island, made them try some local grinds, and showed them some of my favorite spots. But…

5 Reasons to Love the Big Island of Hawaii

You can take the girl out of the islands, but you can’t take the islands out of the girl. I recently watched an old friend’s music video about Hilo (and you can watch it here too!), and his love of Hilo reminded me of my love for the island. My happy memories of the island…

An Open Letter to Utah Drivers

Dear Utah Drivers, I wouldn’t be writing this letter if I hadn’t almost died almost every single day I’ve been driving here in Utah. You’re probably thinking, “That’s such an exaggeration,” but it really isn’t. Coming from Hawaii, I can still remember the first time I got onto the freeway to visit my great aunt…

5 Ways Nature Can Heal You

I went to Bear Lake this past week, and I think it definitely makes it into the list of my most memorable experiences–and that’s for a variety of reasons, the biggest being the fact that nature is a healer. I’ve been pretty tired and put out about a lot of things in my life lately,…

Why Kindness Matters

There’s one thing my coworker said that really made me think–and it wasn’t even related to feelings or thoughts. He always wears sweaters, and at the beginning of the week, when he wore a sweater and the weather was still drenched in the summer heat, I asked how he could stand it. He said, “I…

How to Celebrate a Mainland Graduation Hawaiian Style

I’m always so proud of people when they graduate from college because it’s such a huge accomplishment. All the work, time, money, and stress that goes into it deserves recognition. This past week I went up to Rexburg, Idaho with my great aunt to attend and celebrate my brother-in-law’s graduation. I can’t even begin to…