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Avoiding crowds and enjoying more of Hawaii

Some types of crowds can be a lot of fun, like rock concerts, midnight shopping sprees, and football games.  Other types of crowds aren't so great.    For many different reasons, certain places and times in Hawaii can get unbearably crowded (that not-so-great kind) which not only creates stress but uses up (some would say

Avoiding crowds and enjoying more of Hawaii2019-09-04T08:27:15-10:00

Are Oahu’s drivers becoming more mainland-like?

Our local girl Aina came home from her mainland college and was "astounded" at a few experiences, including getting flipped off which was a first. Is Oahu changing?  Perhaps.   I still think we drive with much more Aloha than other similarly-dense cities on the mainland yet at the same time, Honolulu is more like a

Are Oahu’s drivers becoming more mainland-like?2019-09-04T08:26:08-10:00

Discover a local favorite beach: Cromwells

The one beach my daughters and their friends always go to is Cromwells and unless you know exactly where to go, you'll never find it. Cromwells is tucked away in a residential area and you'll need to take a set of not-natural turns to get to the access road.  Now, it pains me to do

Discover a local favorite beach: Cromwells2019-06-11T07:13:59-10:00

Can you bring your drone to Hawaii?

Those breathtaking videos you see on YouTube of gorgeous Hawaiian scenery used to get filmed by helicopters but now it's with drones. If you have a drone and are considering bringing it to Hawaii, you'll want to get up to speed on the regulations here as they range from mild to very extreme.  Our local

Can you bring your drone to Hawaii?2019-06-10T08:18:56-10:00

We’re changing our site name – now officially LivingInHawaii.com!

We were "aimforawesome.com" on day one. Today, there's no question what this site is all about and our new name precisely reflects it: we are LivingInHawaii.com. The previous site name will continue to work (forever) so there should be zero disruption. Over the coming weeks, we will be following Google best practices to change the

We’re changing our site name – now officially LivingInHawaii.com!2019-08-29T06:22:35-10:00

Breakfast in Hawaii and our favorites on Oahu

Breakfast foods are my personal favorite and there's just something really endearing about that first meal of the day coupled with a hot cup of strong coffee.  So now the only question is: where do you go?  Our local girl Aina wrote up a collection of her favorite breakfast places on Oahu and she also

Breakfast in Hawaii and our favorites on Oahu2019-06-03T07:44:13-10:00

How to ruin your Hawaii visit with sunburn

When I first came to Hawaii, I went surfing without sunscreen on my backside and the result was 2nd degree burns on the backs of my legs and then 2 days in the hotel room, unable to walk.  You can almost always identify visitors by their burned red skin. For many,  Hawaii is the first

How to ruin your Hawaii visit with sunburn2019-06-03T07:40:09-10:00

How to Drive with Aloha when in Hawaii

You can tell a lot about a society's cultural values by how people drive and if you've traveled to different parts of the world (or the USA for that matter) you can see a huge difference between, say, New York City and Reno, Nevada. Hawaii also has it's own driving style and if you come

How to Drive with Aloha when in Hawaii2019-06-03T08:18:25-10:00

Fireworks on Oahu: illegal but still popular

With Independence Day (July 4) coming up, visitors not familiar with Hawaii's culture and history might not quite understand whether fireworks are illegal or not.  On one hand, they are illegal.  On the other hand, by what one sees and hears at night, those laws don't seem to be observed.  While July 4 is the

Fireworks on Oahu: illegal but still popular2019-06-03T08:22:10-10:00