exploring the big island

Since I only had a weekend to spend on the Big Island, my time was extremely limited. But even in that short period of time, these are some of the things I got a chance to check out: Hilo’s Farmers Market – open everyday from 6 or 7 am until 4 pm, you’ll find plenty…

what it’s like to see an active volcano

You know those clips you see on TV of hot, bright orange lava, slowly and viscously seeping through piles of old rocks? Well, sorry to shatter this image but it is nothing like that. At least it wasn’t back in June when I visited Kilauea, the most active of the five volcanoes that form the…

hiking the westernmost point of o’ahu

Also known as Ka’ena Point State Park, Ka’ena means, “heat” in the Hawaiian language. And not without reason – this 5 mile round trip hike provides no relief from the sun, as there aren’t many trees around for shade. What it does provide is excellent coastal views. There’s also a bird (moli) sanctuary, and some…

(some) beaches of oahu

Waikiki Beach – is the most well-known beach of Hawaii. You get sun, sand, surf, and a view of Diamond Head. It can get pretty crowded since the area is dotted with resorts, shops, and bars. But even if crowds are not for you, it’s still definitely worth a visit. If you head to Duke…

swimming with dolphins

Imagine yourself floating around in the warm, serene Hawaiian waters, basking in the sun. Friendly and playful bottlenose dolphins are swimming all around you. Well, swimming with dolphins is nothing like this. Although that was the picture I had in my head (I can probably thank Flipper for that), it wasn’t what I expected at…