Big Island: Magic Sands & Black Pebble Beach - Farewell to Hawaii

October 09, 2015  •  Leave a Comment
This is it you guys! The last post on the breathtaking Big Island. I know it's taken me a while to complete my posts, so thank you for being such a great audience over the last few months. Blogging takes up a significant chunk of our time, as we always try to provide some interesting background information and historical facts, balance it out with...
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Big Island: Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau & Two Step Beach

August 22, 2015  •  Leave a Comment
-by Edyta- Whenever we travel, we like to mix relaxing things with some more educational activities to get to know the history and customs of the place we are visiting. On the Big Island, acquiring such knowledge proved to be quite easy - sometimes you barely need to leave the beach to learn about the native Hawaiian people. Pu'uhonua O Hōnaunau N...
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Big Island: Kailua-Kona Side & Turtles on a Black Sand Beach

July 29, 2015  •  28 Comments
-by Edyta- After staying on the Hilo side for four nights, we headed towards Kailua Kona situated on the east coast of the Big Island. To travel between these two towns, you can do one of two things - you can drive through the middle of the island or you can drive along the southern coast. Since we already drove part of the first road (Saddle Road...
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Big Island: Akaka Falls & Mauna Kea Observatory

July 28, 2015  •  18 Comments
-by Vlad- On the east side of Big Island is the city of Hilo. One of the two main cities - the other being Kona - on the largest Hawaiian island, it is also home to recently inducted UFC Hall of Famer, BJ Penn. Hoping to randomly run into a living legend, we checked out the town's farmer's market for local food and goods. I really enjoyed the musi...
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Big Island: Discovering Lava Fields & Geothermal Pools

July 05, 2015  •  10 Comments
-by Edyta- Exploring the Big Island proved to be more challenging than the other Hawaiian islands, mostly due to its size. Because we've already come to terms with taming our FOMO s, we were OK visiting only a few select areas and skipping some others. By now we have learned that spreading ourselves too thin just to see everything that our guidebo...
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Welcome to the Big Island - Now let's see some (flat) volcanoes!

June 30, 2015  •  119 Comments
-by Edyta- Welcome to the Big Island, our last stop on our world trip! Before our first visit to Hawaii about five years ago, I asked my friend Moe - who had recently come back from her island-hopping honeymoon there - which was her favorite island. She told me she could not possibly pick because they were all different and each one had something...
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Oahu: Luau, Graffiti Festival & Sailing Around Waikiki

June 01, 2015  •  Leave a Comment
-by Edyta- Last stop on our world tour: the beautiful islands of Hawaii. Although we weren't able to find proper jobs during our two month stay, we feel fortunate to have gotten to live in paradise for such a long time. As we started counting down our days on Oahu, we decided to cross few things off of our touristy list including checking out a lo...
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Hiking Hawaii: Manoa Falls & Tantalus Lookout

May 27, 2015  •  6 Comments
-by Edyta- We are always happy to see familiar faces when traveling which is why we were excited when James & Sheryll came to visit Oahu during our stay there. They traded cold Toronto weather for some Hawaiian sunshine and flowers in their hair (well in Sheryll's, not James;;-)). During their week in Oahu we showed them around the island revisiti...
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Hiking Hawaii: Aiea Loop Trail

May 15, 2015  •  4 Comments
-by Edyta- Another day, another hike... Yet again we hiked with our friend & Anita's brother - Rocky - who once called Oahu his home. After looking through a few of my favorite Hawaii blogs (click here and here), we decided on a relatively short 4.4 mile Aiea Loop trail. The trail head is located near Pearl City, an area which we've never before...
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Hiking Hawaii: Hanauma Bay Ridge Hike

May 12, 2015  •  3 Comments
-by Edyta- With so many hikes around Oahu, it is not hard to pick one that will suit your needs. Whether you’re looking for a short hike, all day hike, shaded hike to a waterfall or a hike with views of the coast, you can find one on the beautiful island of Oahu. On Tuesday 2/23/15 Vlad and I decided to get some exercise and headed to hike the Han...
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Hiking Hawaii: 1,048 steps up the old tramway of Koko Head, Oahu

April 30, 2015  •  1 Comment
-by Edyta- If you drive down Kalanianaʻole Highway on the South East side of the Island, near Hanauma Bay, your attention will most likely be directed to a steep mountain with a narrow path and a bunch of people climbing it in the distance. You will most likely start to wonder what this mysterious mountain is, ask some people about it, and before...
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Kauai: Scenic Flight above Hawaii's Garden Isle

April 30, 2015  •  8 Comments
-by Edyta- As you may remember from my previous post, our excursion to Waimea Canyon on the west side of Kauai was mostly unsuccessful. Weather played tricks on us and covered the entire canyon in a thick, grey fog. I knew that I could not leave Kauai yet again without seeing the canyon. So instead of taking a 4.5+ hour RT drive, Gabi and I opted...
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Hiking Hawaii: Kauai's Kalalau Trail to Hanakapiai Falls

April 23, 2015  •  2 Comments
-by Gabi- Hiking in Kauai requires a certain amount of patience, endurance, vigilance, and unlimited time for taking breaks to absorb all the sights along the trail (and take in some water!). This is especially true when hiking the 8-mile Kalalau trail on Na Pali Coast towards Hanakapi’ai Falls - a spectacular 300-foot waterfall, which thanks to t...
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Kauai: Paradise on Earth

April 15, 2015  •  7 Comments
-by Edyta- Five days after Gabi's arrival to Oahu, we jumped on a 30 minute flight to Kauai where we planned to spend almost all of the next week. It was my second visit to the Garden Isle, and the first for Gabi & Vlad. The highest ranking items on our agenda were visiting the Waimea Canyon and hiking down the Nā Pali Coast towards the spectacula...
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Hiking Hawaii: Spectacular Views from Lanikai Pillboxes Trail

April 13, 2015  •  88 Comments
-by Edyta- One of our favorite things to do when we visit Hawaii is hiking - in fact, it's one of our favorite activities wherever we are. With two volcanic mountain ranges spanning along the island, Oahu has no shortage of hikes. Vlad and I enjoy challenging ourselves by doing various hikes, taking in the nature and getting different views of the...
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