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I'm starting to think that there are no actual beaches in Hawaii. Because we certainly didn't find any. Well, we found beaches, but not the kind you want to sit at and tan while reading Eat, Pray, Love and drinking a Mai Tai. I'm starting to think I did Hawaii wrong. We did, however, on our first full day in Hawaii, find Kealakekua Bay, Pu`uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, and the Old Kona Airport Beach State Park, which are all technically beaches, I suppose. Beautiful though, but rocky and not really places you want to swim without fear of...

Aloha from Big Island, Hawaii! I'm spending a week traveling around the Big Island and have been pretty much non-stop touristing since arriving last Wednesday. I've never been to Hawaii before, and it sure is nice to be away from the freezing cold Chicago winter. And to be on vacation again. Because, you know, after working so hard for a week and a half at my old job, it was totally time for a break. I deserved this...