I live on the Big Island of Hawaii, but I'm originally from Indiana. To say it was a big change is an understatement; the food, the people, the slang, everything is different here. You can read more about my experience moving to an island here. I moved to Hawaii mainly for a change of pace, and a change of pace is exactly what I got. Everything moves slower here, which suits me perfectly!
I love the fact that, despite being on an island, you never really seem to run out of things to do. My favorite places to visit?
Ho'okena Beach Park
If you ask me, this is the best beach on the big island. It's much less crowded than the bigger beaches, like Hapuna, and the scenery is just incredible. We just went camping here this past weekend and it was amazing to have the beach right outside your tent and hear the waves crashing on the shore all night.
I live five minutes from the park and I definitely need to take advantage of that more often. The lava flows are especially visible lately, especially at night, so it's definitely worth a visit or two! People come from all over the world just to see the volcano. The park itself is very clean and there's always tours going on or different hikes to take. There's even a military base with cosmic bowling and games.
Kaua'i is one of the neighboring islands, but I like visiting it very much. The beaches are much more secluded and seem less touristy than some of the beaches on the Big Island or on Oahu. They also have stellar resorts to stay at too, if that's your style. It's well worth a visit in my book!
As far as food goes, these are the best places to go on the Big Island:
- Hilo Bay Cafe: Their food is definitely pricier but it's well worth it.
- Cafe Pesto: Hawaiian fusion style food. Their drinks are by far the best.
- Cronies: This sports bar makes the best burgers on the island.
- The Ponds: This restaurant is right on the water, overlooking a koi pond.
There are too many other reasons why I love living in Hawaii, but here's a few:
- The weather. That harsh winter most of you got on the mainland? Yeah... we didn't get it.
- The culture. This place is so rich in culture and not just Hawaiian. There's Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese... you name it, we have it.
- The new experiences. I've pounded mochi, I've gone paddle boarding, I've hiked around a volcano... all things I'd never have gotten to do in Indiana!
Have a great Thursday everybody and a big thank you to Kristen!