I love seeing the Gold Dust Day Geckos on the Big Island.  They’re everywhere!  But they’re very hard to find on Maui and Oahu, and nearly impossible on Kauai.  According to, “In 1974, a student at the University of Hawaii released eight gold dust day geckos, a native of Madagascar, into the Upper Mano Valley [of the Big Island].”

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His & Hers Tetanus Shots

Originally this post was named “The Worst Day in Hawaii!” to go with my “The Best Day in Hawaii!” post.  However, in the weeks since we left, Kauai and Oahu have been hit with record flooding and devastating mudslides, and the Big Island has endured earthquakes and CRAZY volcanic eruptions! So many people have been displaced with no homes to go back to 🙁  So in retrospect, our day really wasn’t all that bad.

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The Best Day in Hawaii!

After a week of trials and tribulations, we finally had an absolutely wonderful day on the Big Island!  Thanks 100% to KapohoKine Adventures 🙂  One of the things on our must do list was see lava.  And since we couldn’t see it by boat and couldn’t hike to it, that meant driving back to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. 

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The Brady Bunch Curse

Jim and I spent 10 days on the Big Island of Hawaii at the end of March into April.  This was our 5th trip to Hawaii and our 2nd trip to the Big Island.  It became such a comedy of errors that my coworker Lauri dubbed it the “Brady Bunch Curse” trip!

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Kauai, Hawaii – Part 2: Days 4 & 5

a red-crested cardinal, kauai, hawaii

On Days 4 & 5 we did a TON! We checked out Wailua Falls, took a ride on the Kauai Plantation Railway and fed wild pigs, visited the Kilauea Lighthouse & Wildlife Sanctuary where we saw lots of Nene, walked out on Hanalei Bay pier, had lunch in Princeville, and visited Manini-holo dry cave & Waikapale wet cave. Phew!

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Kauai, Hawaii – Part 1: Days 1-3

we saw a monk seal sleeping on poipu beach, kauai, hawaii

I met hubby in 2011 & and married him in 2012. We decided to take a delayed Honeymoon to the Big Island in 2014 and loved Hawaii so much we’ve decided to retire there [someday]. Which meant we needed to check out the other 3 major islands to see which one we liked best 🙂 This year it was Kauai’s turn.

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