Summer road tripping in style

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Shell, in which I was compensated. The opinions and text are all mine. How is it already September? It still feels as if summer just arrived and now we can already feel fall nipping at our heels. I can’t believe the season of BBQing, slip and slides, and road […]

Byodo-In, the Phoenix Temple

When I first came to Oahu with Tawny in 2013 I was entirely at her mercy. This was her island. She was born and raised here, with family still living on the leeward side. I am a professional adventurer however and wanted to make sure that I left no stone upturned. I never expected to find a hidden location that […]

Our Flytographer Shoot on Maui

In my opinion, the single best travel souvenir you can get is a Flytographer photo shoot. Every time Tawny and I travel, the best thing we bring back is video and pictures. However, for us it is so difficult to get a picture of the both of us. There have been countless times that we have done the long-arm selfie or […]

A travel memory come to life

Since I was perhaps nine years old I have had a vivid memory of the most incredible pool I have ever visited. In my memory this pool opens up at one end to a dark water slide. I can hear the rush of the water as it begins to turn into a water fall beyond where I can see. The […]

Sharing the aloha on Maui

When it comes to my family tree, I am a tiny leaf on a long branch of Hawaii-born family members. My maternal great-grandfather came from the Philippines to work on one of the many pineapple farms on Maui.  And while my mother is technically full Filipino, she was born and raised on the islands and identifies more towards Hawaiian culture than Filipino. […]

What it means to come back to Hawaii

I’m sitting on the beach, waiting for my SPF 1000 to dry, as I flip through my Dad’s Facebook updates.  He’s on a quest to find our first Staudingers, the Staudingers that came across the Oregon trail and settled in. They made a home in Oregon, a home that led to us. “I’ve never felt so connected to a place,” […]

Soaring over Maui

It’s undeniable that Hawaii is one of the most magical places on earth. Between the swaying palm trees, friendly people, and ono food we could almost see ourselves living there. While I was born on the island of Oahu, it wasn’t until this past year that I’ve been able to really experience the other islands. Our honeymoon brought us to […]

Where we slept. Maui edition.

To be perfectly honest, I have no idea how many times I have visited Maui. Although you might think the reason is because I’ve been to the island more times than I can count, the reality is that I have only been once as an adult and a few times as a child. How many times as a child? I […]