Well, I haven’t been very active on this blog in the last year and a half. Being in grad school while working has kept me very busy, and much of my recent writing has been focused on education. Despite this being the major focus of my life at the moment, I have managed to still fit in some writing about travel and life, as well as plenty of picture taking. Here’s what I’ve been up to:
Big Island Traveler Magazine
Not long after I arrived on the Big Island, I began writing for Big Island Traveler Magazine, and have continued to contribute to the magazine. Writing about travel in the place in which I live keeps me on my toes and has led me to discover some fascinating spots I may not have otherwise stumbled upon. The current issue of the magazine features two such discoveries:
I didn’t know what to expect from an animal sanctuary in Kona, but I left with an abundance of new knowledge on human-animal interactions and felt inspired by the passion and spunk of the owner, Ann Goody. While the sanctuary gives people an opportunity to see unique animals in an unusual setting, for me the highlight was gaining insight from Ann on how humans can best interact with both wild and domesticated animals.
Holualoa is a small town up the mountain from West Hawaii Island’s main town, Kailua-Kona. For a long time, I thought of Holualoa as mythical place. There were signs pointing to it, and I knew it wasn’t far away, but I had yet to visit and it didn’t seem real. When I finally explored Holualoa, I was surprised to find that this blink-and-you-might-miss-it village has some intriguing places to visit, even when it seems empty. If you ever find yourself there, my three strongest recommendations are Holuakoa Cafe, Donkey Mill Art Center, and Mauka Meadows.
Honolulu Civil Beat
In December, I submitted a story to Honolulu Civil Beat’s Emerging Writers Contest. Civil Beat focuses on local issues in Hawaii such as politics, education, and the environment. The piece I wrote was inspired by, and perhaps an extension of my post, “Voyages of Rediscovery,” and it discusses some unseen sides of living in Hawaii. It was a story I had been slowly writing in my mind for awhile, and I am glad that deciding to enter it into the contest pushed me to sit down and type it out.While I did not place in the contest, I was a finalist. I hope to eventually find a good home for that piece.
While I have been writing for other publications and not blogging here as much, Instagram has become my way of sharing my travels and adventures around Hawaii and beyond. Find me there: @fogandlight