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 downtown Hilo, but you can actually find quite a bit … Continue reading Sushi Ebisuya 🍣

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 figure out what kind of tourist you are? Local Tourist … Continue reading 5 Types of Tourists in Hawaii

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 when those efforts weren’t recognized or appreciated in the way … Continue reading Local Expectations vs. Tourist Expectations

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 resurfaced and maybe I’m biased, but I think a lot … Continue reading 5 Reasons to Love the Big Island of Hawaii

5 Real Stereotypes about Polynesian Families (and why it sucks sometimes)

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 I’ve written about my family, extended family, hanai family, and … Continue reading 5 Real Stereotypes about Polynesian Families (and why it sucks sometimes)

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 say how proud I am of him. Roger is a … Continue reading How to Celebrate a Mainland Graduation Hawaiian Style

5 Reasons I’m an American Before a Hawaiian

The Fourth of July is my other favorite holiday besides Christmas, and because it is, my next few posts will all be Patriotic-themed. I love being a citizen of the United States of America. I take a lot of pride in learning about our heritage and recognizing many of my brave ancestors who sacrificed so much for our freedom. America certainly isn’t perfect. Her past … Continue reading 5 Reasons I’m an American Before a Hawaiian

Joys and Woes of Polynesian Dads

  I think pretty much all dads are the same: tough on the outside but having soft spots inside. The way they show that soft spot is different for each dad. This Father’s Day I decided to focus mostly on Polynesian dads, because they are very much like other dads, except there are a few things different. Sometimes they’re a little more dramatic about stuff … Continue reading Joys and Woes of Polynesian Dads

The Real Reason I Started this Blog

I think a lot of people wonder what’s the point of this blog? Who’s going to read it? Why even try creating a blog for locals when they’re so diverse? Also, how can you make money off of a blog? “You can’t make money off a blog like this.”   To be completely honest, these questions and objections have come up time and again as I’ve … Continue reading The Real Reason I Started this Blog

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Hawaiians and Iosepa

If you don’t know what I’m talking about when I say Iosepa in Utah, don’t worry. I didn’t know about it either. Iosepa is a ghost town located in Skull Valley, which is northwest of Salt Lake City. With a hot, dry wind and a flat, marshy landscape, it’s the least-expected place for a group of Hawaiians to settle. Natives to Laie, Hawaii, many families … Continue reading 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Hawaiians and Iosepa