What happens when a local girl from Hawaii gets a case of island fever? An unquenchable desire to see the world, and an equal thirs to return home.
And that’s me. Or at least, that’s what’s become of me.
27 years ago I left the island with a desire to see as much of the world as possible. To visit places only seen in postcards. To experience climates that I could only read about. To check things off my proverbial bucket list and to meet people who would show me what it was to live in these exotic locals.
The funny thing is, the more I explored outside my home, the more I realized how special my home was.
Now living just 35 minutes from New York City, in New Jersey, a mother of two, a wife, and a budding business owner,I still stoke the fire of travel. But my reckless wanderlust has been tempered, just slightly, with an eye on experience, and less on checking off my bucket list.
Join me as I continue to explore the world with my unique island perspective.
Our annual trip to Hawaii is a combination of exploring my native Hawaiian roots and culture with my family. Sharing with them the classic island experience that I enjoyed as a child, as well introducing us to the newest experiences, tastes, trend and places that seem to evolve as the years go on. I’m hay to share them with you too!
Our many other day trips and side adventures also lend an eye to finding the secret hidden gems of that destination. Growing up a local of a high tourist destination like Hawaii, I know that the secrets of any place are hidden in the smallest alcoves and with the people who live there. I know that a places gems are found in its history. Found in its magnificent natural wonders. Found in the cuisine that is quintessential for the area.
And in the end, it is all the things that I loved in my island home that I now seek in the places I travel to. So even if you take the girl from the island, you can take the island from the girl.
Look out world, local girl traveling here.