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The Spirit of Aloha at Germaine’s Luau

Just recently, Rebecca and I had the pleasure of attending our first luau on the island of Oahu. Finding my knowledge of Hawaiian culture a bit lacking, I first read up a little on the history of these fascinating, food-centered events. It may be of interest to some to know that in ancient Hawaii, men […]

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Adventurous Places North America Tall Tales and Big Fish Stories

Deep Inside Waimea Valley and a Deadly Game of Checkers

Beads of sweat began streaming down my brow as I meticulously plotted my next action. If I moved diagonally to my right, I could capture my opponent’s stone and land in a spot not threatened by any of his forward-moving advances. I was running short on options at this point in the game, so this […]

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Adventurous Places North America

Snorkeling in Hanauma Bay

There are many amazing things to be found on the island of Oahu. One activity definitely worth mentioning is snorkeling in Hanauma Bay. The name Hanauma is actually derived from two Hawaiian words, “hana” which means bay, and “uma” meaning curved. The curved bay is actually a natural pool that was formed inside of a volcanic […]

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The Trail to the Summit of Diamond Head Crater

Aloha from Waikiki! Rebecca was already five months pregnant when we landed in Oahu on that warm and sunny day in April. That being said, all of our recreational opportunities on the island have been far more tame than what we would typically do when exploring a new place. With things like surfing, parasailing, and […]

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Adventurous Places North America Scattered Thoughts Travel Tips

Never Go Caving with a Bun in the Oven

Never go caving with a bun in the oven, It’s just not the safe thing to do. Since you can’t see your feet, You might slip on some peat, and at the very least, blow out a shoe.   The view from the upper Makau Cave. Never go caving with a bun in the oven, […]