Hawaii: Vacation and Life
Since moving to Hawaii four years ago, I've learned a lot about this beautiful and exotic vacation spot. I've discovered that living in Hawaii is different from vacationing here, but this hasn't kept me from enjoying this gorgeous corner of the world in all its uniqueness. Hawaii boasts of year-round hiking, pristine beaches, and ideal weather.
HubPages has provided a limitless opportunity for sharing the place I call home with other people. I've had a lot of fun putting together these hubs, and I hope you enjoy them as well. So far, I've covered hikes, best beaches, vacation destinations, Hawaii life, and the first missionaries.
Hike the Alakai Swamp Trail on Kauai
One of my favorite hikes on Kauai is the trail through the Alakai Swamp, a high-altitude swampy bog near Mt. Waialeale, the wettest spot on earth. I've combined photos from three different trips through the swamp along with a description of the trail and a history of the trail's origins.
- Hike the Alakai Swamp Trail on Kauai
The Alakai Swamp Trail on Kauai in Hawaii is one of the most incredible trails you can ever take. With views of the Pacific Ocean and Mt. Waialeale, the trail traverses the boggy interior of the island.
How to Live in Hawaii on a Budget
You think a vacation in Hawaii is expensive? Try living here! With outrageous rent and electricity bills (not to mention gas prices), it seems like the money comes in only to go out again. But living in Hawaii is not impossible. Check out these tips to see if you could live in paradise!
- How to Live in Hawaii on a Budget
So you want to live in Hawaii, but you're not sure if you can afford it? Does paradise seem like the perfect vacation spot but an impossible place to raise a family? Does $4.60 per gallon of gas and $6 per...
Hawaii: Life in a Tropical Paradise
No one told me (or maybe I wasn't listening) that life in Hawaii is not like vacation. Paradise has its ups and downsides, and here I wanted to explain a little about the reality of living in Hawaii. Did you know that Hawaii is the most isolated land mass in the world? Or that sunshine could be a downer? You'll want to check this hub, if only to see the picture of a cane spider.
- Hawaii: Life in a Tropical Paradise
Hawaii. The name no doubt brings visions of tropical paradise instantly to the mind of the hearer. It is a well-known fact to mainlanders that Hawaii is synonymous with vacation, with everlasting sunshine,...
Rainy Season in Hawaii
Many areas in Hawaii receive a good amount of rainfall throughout the year. Mount Waialeale on Kauai is said to be the wettest spot on earth. Even though Hawaii doesn't experiece the four seasons of the mainland, we do have what we call the Rainy Season. I love this time of year, but there are some things to be aware of, so check out this hub!
- Rainy Season in Hawaii
Ever wonder why Hawaii is just so gorgeous? Well, it rains a lot. Some days make you feel like you live in the produce section of the grocery store: just a sprinkling now and then to wake you up. Other days...
How to Survive a Christmas in Hawaii
Growing up on the mainland, with sunshine in the summer and snow in the winter, Christmas in Hawaii is hard for me. When the mall starts shooting out fake snow at night, you know something is wrong. But despite the setbacks, I have discovered some ways to survive a warm holiday.
- How to Survive a Christmas in Hawaii
Have you ever thought about spending Christmas in Hawaii? Do tropical breezes, sunny skies, and mai tais on the beach sound like the makings of a perfect holiday vacation? Well, let me tell you, Christmas in...
Hawaii Travel Guide: Tips for Tourists
Turning from tourist to resident, I have seen both sides of the story. This is a brief list of tips for tourists who don't want to look like tourists. Trust me, you're going to want to take my advice.
- Hawaii Travel Guide: Tips for Tourists
If youre a tourist travelling in Hawaii but you dont want to stand out like a tourist, then this list of tips is for you. Treat locals with respect. This is their home, and you are only visiting. ...
Top Ten Beaches on Kauai, Hawaii
Vacations only last so long, so make sure you get to all the best beaches before you have to leave. I've compiled a list of the best beaches on Kauai, categorized for things like sunsets, whale watching, and snorkeling. I've included some of my own photos as well.
- Top 10 Beaches on Kauai, Hawaii
Kauai, Hawaii isn't called the "Garden Isle" for nothing. This island is home to some of the most beautiful scenery on earth. With the climate of the tropics, but the convenience of being part of the United States, Kauai makes an ideal vacation spot
Kauai Coffee Shops
You probably have heard of Kona Coffee, but what about Kauai Coffee? Kauai has been growing coffee only of recent years, but it sure is good. If you are ever on Kauai, be sure to drink your fill. Here I've listed some great places to drink coffee on Kauai.
- Kauai Coffee Shops
Ever since the night that revolutionary patriots dumped British tea into Boston Harbor, coffee has been the beverage of choice for Americans. Over the years, it has become an obsession, an addiction of ours....
Take a Trip to Queen's Bath in Hawaii
One of my favorite spots on Kauai is Queen's Bath, a beautiful swimming hole set among the lava rocks of the North Shore. Read this hub to find out how to get there, what to wear, and when you can swim. You might even spot some sea creatures while you're there!
- Take a Trip to Queen's Bath in Hawaii
Whether you are a tourist on vacation, or just a local who likes to sightsee, you can't miss an opportunity to take a trip to Queen's Bath in Hawaii. Located in Princeville on the North Shore of Kauai,...
Hike the Kalalau Trail on Kauai
One of the best ways to see the Hawaiian Islands is to hike. Kauai has some beautiful trails, and Kalalau is one of the best. Be sure to check out this hub for directions, pictures, and tips.
- Hike the Kalalau Trail on Kauai
Kauai, the Garden Isle of Hawaii... there's no better way to explore this lush and flourishing island than to take one of the many hiking trails that wind their ways into the waysides and cliffsides of...
Lucy Goodale Thurston - Missionary to Hawaii
The story of Lucy Thurston and her sacrificial life is a very impressive one. Reading her story inspired me to write an article about it. Lucy was a woman of determination and spirit who gave up everything to serve her husband and the people of Hawaii.
- Lucy Goodale Thurston - Missionary to Hawaii
Imagine saying goodbye to all your family and the only home you've ever known, sailing on the untamed seas of the Atlantic around Cape Horn to the Pacific, and landing at an uncivilized nation on the most...
Hawaiian Passion Fruit or Lilikoi
Hawaii is known for its delicious tropical fruits: pineapple, mango, papaya... But one of my favorites is passion fruit, or lilikoi as we call it here. This hub will show you how to use lilikoi and separate the juice from the seeds. Don't miss the lilikoi martini recipe at the end!
- Hawaiian Passion Fruit or Lilikoi
Hawaii is a haven for exotic tropical fruits, not the least being the Hawaiian Passion Fruit, or Liliko'i, as we call it here. The lilikoi is a yellow variety of passion fruit, not the purple kind that grows...
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