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Hawaii’s Glowing Volcano

The glowing red and orange of Halema’uma’u Crater in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park at night.

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Find Sweet Tooth Satisfaction at Hawaii’s Sugar Coast Candy Shop

Hilo, Hawaii has some of my favorite sweet treats anywhere with the taffy at Sugar Coast Candy/

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The Ghosts of Christmas 2011

I had a fantastic year of travel. It was probably one of the best ever for me. And with it came recognition as one of the best travel blogs of 2011 by Washington Flyer. To sum up my annual adventures in a single story is like writing about your own year, everything that has happened […]

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A Night Under the Hawaiian Skies

The sun dipped below the horizon through the clouds in pale colors of yellow and orange. I stood alone amongst the crowd, watching the marvel that I had seen so many times before. The commonness of the sunset made the experience no less special, though, since I was standing atop the largest mountain in the […]

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My Favorite National Parks of the West

It is no secret that I love the national parks of the United States. I make it a point to go to as many as I can each year, driving to most thanks to my parallel love of road trips. And after seeing so many impressive places through the years, I figured it was high […]

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Searching for the Hawaiian Honu

I stood on the rocky shore of the Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park with a dozen other tourists, cameras musically clicking away. The ocean scenery was stunning and the historic park interesting, but everyone’s eyes were directed toward the shallow water in the small bay. A group of endangered green sea turtles were diving […]

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Exploring Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

I left Hawaii Volcanoes National Park by taking a left out of the entrance, heading southwest on the highway. I felt disappointment. No, it wasn’t because the lava wasn’t flowing during my time in the park – instead, cooled into a black blob of swirls. I was saddened by how little time I had available […]

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Wandering Around Hilo

I left Hilo feeling a little sad. It was the first Hawaiian city I had visited off the island of Oahu, and I wasn’t quite sure I wanted to leave; I liked the sleepy hippie-surfer town on the Big Island. It had a much slower pace than anywhere else I had traveled in Hawaii and […]

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