It's finally here! June marks the beginning of summer and the middle of another year! For this month's giveaway, I thought I'd use a holographic vinyl material that changes color in the hues of blue. Just trying to keep you cool cause it's gonna get hot! I also created this dolphin design, with the waves… Continue reading June 2017 Giveaway!!!
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… Continue reading 5 Types of Tourists in Hawaii
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… Continue reading Local Expectations vs. Tourist Expectations
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… Continue reading 5 Reasons to Love the Big Island of Hawaii
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… Continue reading An Open Letter to Utah Drivers
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,… Continue reading 5 Ways Nature Can Heal You
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… Continue reading Why Kindness Matters
I don’t like to write about things that upset me because I don’t want to go off on a rant, but there are a few things about Polynesian stereotypes that have always bothered me, and I think it’s about time I just got it out of my system. I’ve been writing a memoir and as… Continue reading 5 Real Stereotypes about Polynesian Families (and why it sucks sometimes)
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… Continue reading How to Celebrate a Mainland Graduation Hawaiian Style
A little late in posting this, but in honor of the month of July, I'm giving away four of these beautiful America-themed decals. To win this month's giveaway, all you have to do is share any of the posts, pictures, of videos from my Facebook page. The more shares, the more chances you get of… Continue reading July 2017 Giveaway!
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” -President Abraham Lincoln What a poignant quote from honest Abe. I’ve had such a difficult time my whole life trying to understand why people choose to be stupid. If someone knows something is bad for them then why do they do it? Or if they know that something is going to benefit them, then why don’t they do it? But as I’ve grown older, I’ve come to realize that agency, or the freedom of choice, is essential. It’s not a nice commodity or suggestion, it’s something that is essential for our growth and learning in this mortal life. Click on the link to read more...