About me

I’m a 30 something mom to two boys, wife and registered nurse.  I started this blog in 2011 as a way to document my adventures in Hawaii and share them with friends and family.  Since then, life has changed immensely.  The kids are growing up fast, they will be 10 and 12 in 2018!  My husband is now retired from the army and we have relocated to the Charlotte, NC area.

I started working as a nurse for the first time when we moved here and I love it as much as I knew I would.  It’s been great to be able to start my career after almost 10 years of staying home with the kids.  I am very thankful that I was able to stay home with my boys during those early years and for all the adventures I had during that time.

Life comes in seasons.  Right now, I’m building my career and furthering my education toward a bachelors in Nursing.  As I go down this path it’s not always easy to balance family, work and school.  I miss the time I used to spend outdoors and pursuing my hobbies.  I’m trying hard to keep my eyes on the prize and to remember why I’m doing this.  Are there sacrifices?  Of course, but they are short term and the completion of my degree benefits us all for the long term.


Here you will find the chronicles of my adventures in Hawaii and more recent aspects of my life.  I’m not really sure where this blog will go next but I look forward to writing the next chapter.


9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. thegrommom
    Oct 13, 2011 @ 21:46:29

    Hi! It was fun to see you at my site. Great to know you are also enjoying (embracing) the island life and loving the outdoors!
    We love to hike and will definitely use this blog as a resource!
    Thanks, and keep in touch!


    • hikinginparadise
      Oct 14, 2011 @ 15:16:02

      I will also be following your blog just sorry I can’t link to it from here so it shows in my feed. I’m always looking for company…wink wink. Kids too!


      • Richard Duggan
        Apr 04, 2013 @ 18:43:42

        I love that picture of a swimming stone and would really like to use it for an educational graphic that will be installed at Three Tables very soon.
        In ancient Hawaiian story tells of a great fisherwoman and her husband who lived close to the ‘apapa (reef or coral flat) at Kalua o Maua. One night when the wife went fishing, her husband was unable to see her from their home and went looking for her on the reef. He found her in the form of a stone swimming about the reef. It is said that whenever this stone is found, there is fresh water in the ocean.
        Your picture illustrates this nicely. I’m under a tight time constraint to get this done.
        Please feel free to call me if you prefer at 808-235-9585.

      • hikinginparadise
        Apr 04, 2013 @ 20:02:45

        Can you tell me what photo you are referring to exactly?

  2. Deborah
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 08:03:49

    What a wonderful, healing place to be!


  3. jgoutdoors
    Mar 08, 2012 @ 14:46:09

    thanks for checking out my blog. I’m new to it. looking for a better site where I can jazz it up a bit. say hi to john and give boys a big hug….


    • hikinginparadise
      Mar 09, 2012 @ 09:17:48

      You can get a domain name and stuff through here and there are some that are pretty independant and just use the formats so that it’s simplified for them to post things. I haven’t really considered that too carefully myself but it can be done.


  4. Girl Replanted
    Apr 17, 2012 @ 10:51:36

    Aloha! I’ve been following your blog for a couple of weeks, and Iove the hikes you are doing! I’m in Kailua and would love to meet up sometime and maybe do a hike together. We have a little boy who is almost 3, so if he came along it would need to be an “easy” one! Or I could bust out the backpack- whew, what a workout that will be! You can send me an email if you wish: thinkingglobal@gmail.com.


  5. Rob Malone
    Feb 10, 2014 @ 23:19:12

    I really enjoyed this blog and had no idea the Makapuu Blowholes where called the Dragons Breath. Now looking back it really does look like a dragon. That place was the highlight for me and brings back nice memories. Thanks


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