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Heading Out To The Beach? Things To Remember


Everyone’s done it. You head out to your favorite family fun spot and you have forgotten some very important items. Here is a little list of some of the things you want to bring with you when you head out to the beach for the day.

1. Sunscreen- Sunscreen is so important to keep yourself and the little kiddos from burning.

2. Snacks and water- To keep everyone happy and to avoid spending an arm and a leg for a bottled water and the bags of chips your kids will say they have to have because they are starving and if you are staying over lunch or dinner bring                 sandwiches or sandwich fixin’s and everyone can make their own.

3. A cooler- Coolers with ice are just amazing. It keeps your food fresh and drinks cold. The coolers with wheels are the most convenient too.

4. Towels- Well duh right? How many times do think people forget their towels? It happens all the time.

5. Beach chairs- A towel is great but a beach chair is much more comfortable.

6. An umbrella- It can get really hot out there and a bit of shade can go a long way!

7. A hat and sunglasses- Also to help avoid the heat and of course sun in your eyes.

8. Games- beach games like a frisbee, badminton rackets and a net, a volley ball or even a board game or cards if you like.

9. A change of clothes- just good to have.

10. Flip Flops- these are much more comfortable and it doesn’t matter if you get sand in them.

11. Binoculars- to keep track of the kiddos.

12. First Aid kit

One thing to note is that even though alcohol is allowed on some beaches, alcohol is dehydrating so make sure you keep yourself hydrated and limit the alcohol intake and most of all have fun!


America’s Lost Week

I just read an article about how, since 2000, Americans are taking less vacation time. We are taking a week less of vacation, down to 16.2 days in 2015 from the long-term average of 20.3 days. Less time with our families,family less time for ourselves, less time to relax and unwind from the J.O.B.

If baffles the mind, but for some reason the more people tell you to take more time for you, it seems the less “you time” you tend to take. It is proven that taking time off to get away from the stresses of what you do from 9 to 5, on any variation of that, is crucial to your mental and physical health, not to mention the family dynamic.

You even work better after a vacation. You’re refreshed, renewed and you have a new sense of purpose. That is, if you have released the anxiety and actually had fun.

Some people take their work with them. In some cases though even that is better then nothing. At least you went, you had some relaxation and now you can focus again.


The monotony and the stress we feel to perform at peak levels, some worse than others, so getting out from under it, even for a hammockrelaxlittle while, helps. In the article, technology was to blame and the pattern shown was that, as technology, and therefore accessibility, has grown vacation time has receded. In a sense we are addicted to technology and the new information that it brings.

The article points out that the intense attachment to technology and the ease with which we can now be reached, has also extended it’s arm and attachment, or addiction, to the work itself. So you may be addicted to your job and you don’t even know it. Which makes sense to me but I think ego also plays a role in that but in any case, you should be taking your vacation time. You should be spending that time with loved ones or just having some time to yourself if that appeals to you.

Work is good, even better if you love what you do, but remember to get out and away once in awhile. Take the time you are given or if you own your own business, give yourself a reasonable vacation. It’s good for you, it’s good for your health and it’s good for those that you love.




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The Hawaiian Islands


There is something about traveling that brings excitement, adventure and a fresh perspective to your life.It takes the dullness out of the ordinary. When most people know they are going on a vacation, everything looks better.

You feel better about everything else you do. My favorite is the Hawaiian Islands. Probably because I was born and raised there, on Oahu to be exact. There are 8 main islands

dolphinswimSome of the hottest vacation locations are in Hawaii. With it’s white sand and black sand beaches, water falls, rain forests, Hawaiian culture and being surrounded by the beautiful blue ocean.

There is so much to see and do. All the islands offer the chance to immerse yourself in the culture at luaus and different excursions and tours that can be booked in advance or upon arrival but I would suggest advance booking to ensure availability. You can try your hand at lei making or hula dancing or even surfing, wind surfing, zip lining and many, many other activities


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Oahu- Known as the “gathering place,” is the third largest island and the most populated. This is actually where I was born and raised. If you are looking to get away but still want to have the nightlife and excitement of the city, Oahu is probably the right island for you.

It is a place where you can experience the beauty of the islands including waterfalls, public and private beaches, rain forests all close to shopping, spectacular nightlife and delicious dining options.

You can learn to surf, try some delicious traditional foods at a luau and visit the Polynesian Cultural Center, a living theater and theme park that covers the traditions and culture of many of the Polynesian islands and people.

You can also visit the USS Arizona, a memorial located at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, which marks the resting place of more than 1,000 of the sailors and Marines killed on USS Arizona during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.

Another well known historical place is Pali Lookout. Kamehameha l, while taking over the islands and uniting them under 1 supreme rule, drove the defenders of Oahu over the cliffs of the Pali, making this one of the bloodiest but most important sites in Hawaiian history. Funny, I have always felt so at peace at the Pali though, it’s actually one of my favorite places.





A lot of people get confused because they don’t realize that though Hawaii encompasses all the islands, there is actually an island called Hawaii within the chain of islands. This is also known as the big island because it is, just that, the biggest island. It’s interesting to as there is a “wet” side and a “dry” side. Hilo is part of the wet side and it rains more often on this side with an average of 126 inches annually so it is greener, lusher. The dry side, Kona, averages just about 63 inches of rain annually.

There are 3 “active” volcanoes in the Hawaiian islands, two of them are on this island. Kīlauea is one of the most active volcanoes in the world, and is visited by millions of tourists each year. It has been continuously erupting since 1983 and Mauna Loa which last erupted in 1984. Mauna Loa’s elevation is 13,680 ft. Loihi is located underwater off the southern coast of Hawaii’s Big Island and has only been erupting since 1996.

Kilauea is located in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The park offers over a hundred miles of hiking trails that take you through old lava tubes, recently formed lava flows and over the still smoking crater floors of the parks volcanoes.

If you like gazing out at the stars, the Big Island is a wonderful place to do so.The Mauna Kea Observatories are independent astronomical research facilities and large telescope observatories that are located at the summit of Mauna Kea. You can actually visit some of these observatories. Some of the worlds most advanced telescopes are built on the Big Island. Few places on earth are better for watching the heavens above than atop Mauna Kea!




Maui is the second most populated island and also the second largest. There are about half as many people that visit Maui as do Oahu so you still get some of the night life but there is more of the natural environment. Haleakala is one of the most popular attractions on Maui. At a height 10,023 ft (3,055 m) it is also the highest point in Maui and a dormant volcano. Maui is also home to the Pools of ‘Ohe’o or the Seven Sacred Pools.




Kauai is the greenest island, in fact it is known as the Garden Isle. It is the fourth largest and the oldest of the 8 main islands. It is also the home of Waimea Canyon, also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, is a large canyon, approximately ten miles long and up to 3,000 feet deep, located on the western side of the island.



Molokai is a much smaller island with a whole lot less going on, which may be exactly what you are looking for. On the north coast of Molokai, the Wailau Stream flows into the Pacific Ocean near Lapau Point. There is a black sand beach here that is formed from magnetite fragments washing down from a dormant volcano on East Molokai.

When leprosy was introduced to the Hawaiian Islands, Molokai is also where King Kamehameha V banished all afflicted to the isolated Kalaupapa peninsula. This is actually a very beautiful place and you can take a guided mule ride down the Kalaupapa trail. The trail is steep so it is not for everyone.



Niihau is a tiny island, 72 square miles. Also know as “the Forbidden Island” is privately owned and it and it’s people are as close to authentic Hawaiian as you can get. The people of the island have preserved many of the traditional ways of life, including the Hawaiian language, and is inhabited by about 200 locals whose primary language is Hawaiian.

For a long time no one was allowed on the island except by rare private invitation. You can now visit this island that is almost lost in time. You don’t get to mingle with the locals but you do get to see where they live.



Kahoolawe is an uninhabited reserve island. Beginning in 1941 the island was controlled by the US Military. They used this island for training exercises and a bombing range. In 1994 control was transferred back to the state.Until last year, for a fee, you could visit the island as a volunteer to help restore the islands native flora and removing invasive weeds, but as of 2016 that is on hold and there is a wait-list due to a lack of state funding.