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Hawaii: Vacation and Life

Updated on November 1, 2011

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.

Kalalau Valley
Kalalau Valley | Source

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.

selling macadamia nuts at the farmers' market
selling macadamia nuts at the farmers' market | Source

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!

Hanalei Bay
Hanalei Bay | Source

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.

Rainy Season
Rainy Season | Source

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!

Christmas spirit
Christmas spirit | Source

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.

Diamond Head
Diamond Head

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.

Sunset on Hanalei Bay
Sunset on Hanalei Bay | Source

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.

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.

Queen's Bath
Queen's Bath | Source

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!

Hanakapiai Falls
Hanakapiai Falls | Source

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.

Lucy and Asa Thurston
Lucy and Asa Thurston | Source

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.

Passion Fruit
Passion Fruit | Source

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!


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      Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan

      Hi Leonor Solar, the Big Island sounds great! Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

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      Leonor Solar 6 years ago

      I enjoyed all the material you've written and the photo's are so awesome! The Big Island is a beautiful kick back island especially on the East side. It rains often and the island is the biggest of the hawaiian island chain. Up towards Volcano lots of homes live off of watercatchment and also solar and generators. In Hilo there is city water where no watercatchment is used. I don't sell Solar but do notice people here are starting to think about going green and more toward organic. Most parts of the East side does not have rubbish pick up, you must take your own trash to the waste site. There are a couple places that's great to go to, I like Boiling Pots, Slides and Riding the Rim. The Big Island is slowly developing slowly on the East side. Aloha!

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      Rose West 7 years ago from Michigan

      Peggy, thanks for your visit! I've enjoyed reading about your adventures here. It is definitely different living here instead of vacationing... but that's given me plenty to write about!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      My husband and I have only visited the Big Island of Hawaii and loved it. Wrote about our sightseeing adventures there. Nice to hear a different perspective from someone living there full time. You seem to have a great compilation of hubs on Hawaii. Thanks!

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      Rose West 7 years ago from Michigan

      K9, thank you for your visit! I haven't been to Maui yet myself, but I've heard it is quite beautiful. I do agree that one trip is not enough, and time-shares can be a lot of fun!

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      Rose West 7 years ago from Michigan

      Jane, I've enjoyed all your comments as well! It's always good to hear from you.

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      Rose West 7 years ago from Michigan

      Apostle Jack, well then you should :)

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      India Arnold 7 years ago from Northern, California

      My favorite island would have to be Maui, Napili Bay to be exact. I loved the food, the people, the water and the climate. One's eyes simply cannot take in all of the beauty the islands have to offer in one trip. I feel that a time-share is the best answer!

      Super pretty pictures (loved the red-striped socks)and your insider information is priceless!Thank you for sharing.


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      Ann Leavitt 7 years ago from Oregon

      I've enjoyed your collection of articles on Hawaii as they've gradually come out! Thanks for all your work in helping us to see the unique sides of Hawaii that a mere visitor would never know about.

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      Apostle Jack 7 years ago