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  • Create a New Thanksgiving Tradition in Hawaiʻi

    In Hawaiʻi we hear it all the time—you’re so lucky to live in paradise. And it’s true, we’re incredibly lucky, yet oftentimes the gratitude gets lost behind the hectic schedules, grueling traffic and daily responsibilities that take up so much of our time. Thankfully, Thanksgiving comes around once a year to keep us in check and remind us of how important it is to keep gratitude top of mind, especially when frolicking “in paradise.”This Thanksgiving, I’m reminded of the important things in life. I love my home, my family, my friends and my dog! There’s beauty that surrounds us no matter ...

  • An Ode to Oʻahu Coffee Shops

    For many of us, a good day doesn’t begin without a proper cup of coffee. Getting dressed, navigating through traffic, answering emails, it’s all made twice as challenging without the glory of coffee to kick-start our brains and get our bodies moving. Whether you enjoy the biting, bitter taste of straight black coffee or opt for flavored espresso beverages, coffee lovers understand the simple pleasure of sipping that first cup.Photo courtesy of Morning Brew Hawaii For those of you who are visiting or living on Oʻahu and subsist daily off of numerous cups of coffee, this post is for you. I’m ...

  • In My Town—Gems Around Makiki

    Makiki and I go way back. Before it housed my current library, used furniture and rambunctious rescue dog, Makiki was first and foremost the town in which I grew up. In the cramped, two-bedroom apartment I shared with my parents and younger sister, we fought for our claim over the bathroom and designated spot on the two-seater sofa. When we moved into a more spacious house with my grandparents in 2011, I never would've anticipated returning to the very same apartment complex four years later, yet that's exactly what I did!Despite the heavy traffic and overcrowded housing situation, Makiki has ...

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