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Stoked for the Release of Stoke

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Did you know that a movie filmed on the Big Island will be released on August 6? I talked with Zoe Eisenberg (ZE), a Kalapana filmmaker who shared some background about her project,… Continue reading

Day 5 Hilo to Hokkaido — Otaru to Sapporo

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On day 5 of my Hokkaido trip, I woke up early and took a walk around the neighborhood. There isn’t a whole lot to see around the Kuramure ryokan but there was a… Continue reading

Only in Puna: ‘Ōhelo Cafe 2019

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By Misty I. July 31, 2019 We love ‘Ōhelo Cafe! My older son loves the burgers and lamb, my younger son loves the pizza, my husband loves the ribs and I love their… Continue reading

Day 4 Hilo to Hokkaido — Otaru

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I woke up feeling refreshed after a good night’s sleep on a comfortable futon. We headed to our private dining room to enjoy a Japanese style breakfast. After breakfast, we headed off to… Continue reading

Only Easy: Lemon Icebox Pie

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By Misty I. July 24, 2019 I needed an excuse to use my new lemon sprayer I purchased in Sapporo recently. Don’t you just love Daiso?! I didn’t want to go to the… Continue reading

Day 3 Hilo to Hokkaido — Sapporo to Otaru

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Our group hired a driver to take us to Otaru and will be leaving Keio Plaza Sapporo Hotel. We are staying at a ryokan in Otaru for two nights. I woke up early… Continue reading

Only in Waimea: Shared Dinner at Merriman’s

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By Misty I. July 17, 2019 Recently a few of us went to Waimea and treated ourselves to Merriman’s for dinner. Our group decided to try the “Shared Dinner” option and indulged in… Continue reading

Day 2 Hilo to Hokkaido — Furano and Biei

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Despite going to bed at around 1ish, my strong body clock still got me up around 5 a.m. My roomies slept in a bit longer so while they slept, I did some work… Continue reading

Only from Japan: Beauty Finds 2019

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By Misty I. July 10, 2019 During a recent trip to Hokkaido with some friends, I bought and tried the following products: Uma (Horse Oil) Cream (¥3000) – I had never heard of… Continue reading

Day 1 Hilo to Hokkaido—Sapporo, Here we Come!

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We started our trip on a Thursday from Hilo International Airport. We saw friends at the airport who were headed to Boston. I asked my friend’s teenage son to take our picture and… Continue reading