Ever since my parents went to Hawaii over my birthday (in January), I’ve had an interesting relationship with the islands. For a long time it was just a far off destination full of beaches and cliches…Don Ho and his tiny bubbles and some fruity drinks in the sand in front of the Royal Hawaiian.

It became more interesting to me on different levels for different reasons over the years. And then I got to visit and see it for myself.

I was hooked.