Aloha and welcome! I appreciate that you've taken time to explore a little further to get to know me.
My name is Sarah and I live on the island of O‘ahu in the beautiful 808 State of Hawai‘i. I'm island born and raised, but am not Hawaiian; I'm of Japanese descent. So, you can call me an "islander" or "resident"—better yet—"kama‘aina." That's Hawaiian for "child of the land" that describes someone who was born in the islands regardless of ethnicity.
I'm a 20-plus year veteran writer and editor for a local visitor publication with photography experience initially thrown in out of necessity for the job (product, landscape photography). I truly love what I've been able to do at work, sharing my love of the islands with our visitors and informing them of all the interesting facets to our isle lifestyle, the culture, traditions, heritage, geographic beauty and its people. My love of writing will always be with me, however, photography has definitely become one of my passions.
This site was born in 2013 with my first solo trip to New Zealand. I was nervous about going solo (as well as driving on the "wrong" side of the road), but New Zealand had been a dream destination for so long that I knew I had to go when the airfare went down to half of the full price.
After about a week there, I had driven to Tongariro National Park and was sitting on the bed with my laptop, writing my first blog for this site. It was cold and drizzly outside, but the setting sun cast orange hues through the picture window. A herd of cows munched on national park grounds just below the window frame. I had an overwhelming feeling of intensely deep joy and satisfaction, just utter contentment. An epiphany. This moment just felt "right" to my core.
After returning home, I delved into the world of travel blogging and found it full of singles, couples, even families. Boy, was I late to the game! If only travel blogging—okay, even computers—had been around while I was road tripping right out of college.
C'est la vie!
Truth be told, I haven't been able to travel for a while, so I've been focusing on photography. You have no idea how often I escape into the world via Instagram.
Just for reference, road trips are my preferred mode of travel—been researching a lot of campervan options and it's exciting! Forget the GPS, just give me a good road map, my iPod filled with country music and an unfamiliar road, preferably with a snow-capped mountain range in the distance. I'll happily drive it solo with camera, laptop and journal right next to me!