Volcano Life

I am completely in love with Volcano Village and the Hawaii Volcano National Park area. In addition to the awe inspiring Kilauea volcano, there is native flora and fauna to appreciate, as well as art and cultural experiences to be had. The National Park is constantly offering Native Hawaiian cultural events and activities, and the Volcano…

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Big Island Beef Stew

My family is generally pretty healthy, but sometimes we falter, and so we end up eating something not-so-good for us. Sometimes life gets in the way. Sometimes I’m at a potluck and my options are at the mercy of others.  Sometimes the fancy organic “something-or-other” is not in the budget. I am not always perfect with…

Winter Solstice

Ahhh…Winter Solstice. My favorite way to wrap up the end of the year. The best thing about how we commence our celebration, is that we start on whatever day Solstice falls that year, usually the 21st or 22nd of December, and then keep it going everyday until Christmas. We try to have at least one day…

Sustainable Island Living

Perhaps I’m being partial, but I feel that our island is truly the best place for my particular lifestyle. I love the diversity of the island’s landscape and climate and year-round growing seasons. It seems like we are always planting something in our yard and continue to improve upon what we keep in our vegetable…

Volcano Grinds

The Volcano area has some wonderfully surprising eating and dining experiences that I feel need a mention. Just so you know, I wouldn’t endorse anything that I haven’t repeatedly eaten at myself. Likewise, I know that quality of food is especially important, whether you’re on vacation or just trying to grab a little something on…

Frugal Living

When you live in Hawaii, you really need to watch how you use your resources. My biggest way to save money is through cooking most of my meals at home. I spend a fair amount of time doing meal prep for the work week and I rely on some basic grocery items that are filling and…

Fresh Eggs

They say it’s a perfect protein. A glorious, fresh-from-the-backyard, egg. It’s also an essential component to the greatest breakfast in the world, the Loco-Moco, and if you haven’t had a really good Loco-Moco, you haven’t truly lived. Thankfully, the possibilities for preparing eggs are damn-near endless, and when you have an abundance of them, you tend…