Currently Wandering » Outdoor Family, Adventure Travel, Simple Living - Family of 5 Traveling the United States in an Airstream.

Our conversation about living in Hawaii went something like this: Me: Okay, so Hawaii. If you kids could do anything you want while we are over there, what would it be? All 3 Kids: See a volcano! That settled it. We are huge National Park advocates and there are two in Hawaii – Haleakalā National Park […]

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We enjoyed living on Oahu but when my parents came to visit last September we decided to island hop over to Kauai for a few days just to mix things up. I had quite a few people tell me Kauai was their favorite island and we were curious to see the differences. Our top activities […]

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The Polynesian Cultural Center is one of Hawaii’s top attractions located on the North Shore in Laie next to the Brigham Young University Hawaii campus. We were able to visit a few different times – once with my parents in September, and then again briefly with our friends who came in October. Sam also had […]

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  • Christina - I love, love, love that place! I spent a summer working at the night show and many, many Saturdays wandering around the islands. I can’t wait to take my children there someday!ReplyCancel

    • Jess - I love that you were in the show! What an amazing experience!ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany - We are headed to O’ahu for 2 weeks (our first ever trip to Hawaii!) and I keep hearing great things about the Polynesian Cultural Center. Your post helped me much better understand what it’s all about! Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Jess - You are welcome!! For sure make time to visit. Its seriously our favorite. 🙂 Also, Wailoa Shave ice in town, Leonardo’s Malasads, snorkeling at Haunama Bay, and Fumi’s Shrimp Truck. Have so much fun!ReplyCancel

A few weeks ago I gave a talk in our local church meeting about gratitude. Since then I’ve had the opportunity to reflect on the principle a bit more and am realizing that too often I am expressing the negative instead of the positive about our current situation. Change is hard. We lovingly say that […]

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  • Leanne - I feel much the same way about my year as you have about yours. I have been trying to do a gratitude journal too, but quite unsuccessfully!! You inspire me to do it better!ReplyCancel

We’ve had so many people comment on how we are living in paradise, or they are so jealous we get to live here for four months. Hawaii has this (deserved) reputation for beautiful beaches, palm trees, killer waves, and amazing food. While Hawaii is definitely all that and more, day to day life is quite […]

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  • Christina - Oh so many memories!! I spent 3 years at BYU-H and by the end, I was so in need of time off of the island. 10 years later though all I want to do is go back so I totally understand.ReplyCancel