• My Hawaii Honeymoon Itinerary with Ratings and Highlights

    [This article about my Hawaii honeymoon may contain affiliate links for which I receive a commission at no cost to you. I only recommend products I use and trust. Please read my disclosure for more detail.] It’s been a few months since my Hawaii honeymoon ended. It was an amazing two weeks and I still think about the trip daily. During this trip, I wrote 16 posts about my Hawaii experience; one for each day I was there. This post is an attempt to distill those long posts into something more consumable. Naturally, the 16 posts are there if you want to read them but not everyone has that time…

  • Flight home from Hawaii

    Hawaii Diaries #16 – Flight Home From Hawaii

    [This post about my flight home from Hawaii may contain affiliate links at no cost to you] I was up early and feeling like crap as I was dealing with a full blow cold here. That would make for a crappy flight home from Hawaii. At the very least, it hit me near the end of trip and I got to enjoy everything before feeling like a wet noodle. We got up late and didn’t have a lot of time so we packed and got going. The flight home from Hawaii was going to be an all day event. We were leaving in the morning and wouldn’t get to NYC…

  • Hawaii Diaries #15 – Volcanoes National Park

    We were up early and eager to head over to Volcanoes National Park. The park and the volcano was the reason we actually came to the Big Island. Originally, the plan was to spend 10 days in Kauai then come to the Big Island to finish our trip. However, the active lava flows that started in May impacted our Airbnb on the east side of the island and caused us to change our honeymoon plans. We added Maui to the itinerary but still wanted to see a volcano. You can’t simply come to an island that has volcanoes and not see the volcano. Sure, the place wasn’t fully open and…

  • Maui Shave Ice

    Hawaii Diaries #14 – Maui Shave Ice and Big Island Time

    We had a few hours to kill before our flight. We didn’t want to waste our final day in Maui so we decided to make some pit stops. First, after having a ton of shave ice on Kauai, we couldn’t leave without trying the best Maui Shave Ice. Ululani’s Shave Ice had a location right near our place. It was right near a baker too which was convenient. We could pick up some pastries for our flight to the Big Island. According to the internet, Ululani’s is the place to go for Maui Shave Ice. Having become a shave ice connoisseur/douche, I wanted to give it a go. I definitely…

  • Haleakala

    Hawaii Diaries #13 – Haleakala Crater

    Haleakala A.K.A. Mars on earth was our destination for day 13. I call it Mars because it sure as hell doesn’t look or feel like Earth up there but I’ll let the pictures show that. Our initial plan to do the Road to Hana was squashed again as the long ride didn’t seem appealing given that we’d be traveling tomorrow. It was an easy decision to make since we also wanted to see Haleakala. I’m so glad we made the choice to go there because it was AWESOME. If you’re not familiar with Haleakala, it’s a huge ass dormant shield volcano that makes up ~75% of the island of Maui.…

  • Flying to Maui

    Hawaii Diaries #11 – Inter Island Travel and Hopping to Maui

    Turns out inter island travel is easy which is convenient since we have to do it twice and this move from Kauai to Maui was the first one. We were up pretty early to pack and get going. Bob, a friendly cardinal came out to say goodbye as we got on the road. The vistas behind the house are something I’ll remember fondly from this trip. Our place in Princeville was pretty awesome and I took one final look at the great view in front of it before we got going. It was 9 A.M. and our flight to Maui was at 1 P.M. so we had plenty of time.…