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Review of the Big Island – The Overall Experience

Trip Date: March 11th – 17th, 2017
Friends who were with me on this trip had told me before how awesome Hawaii was. They had mentioned to me you HAD to be there in Hawaii to understand how beautiful and majestic the place was.  It was like they said, describing the experience through words and images doesn’t do it justice.  You do have to be there.  
The people of Hawaii are all laid-back and down-to-earth.  They move about at their own pace and seem to not have any worries in the world.  All the ones we met were friendly and helpful.  Even some of the tourists we met there were friendly and courteous.  Life back home seems to move pretty damn fast. But in Hawaii, everything seemed to be chugging along at a steady, relaxing pace.  I loved it and I wish I was back there.  
I have to deal with seasonal allergies and have lived with eczema for years.  Being able to swim in the ocean and being in a tropical climate helped keep those two health conditions at bay. I’m usually applying lotion to areas where my eczema is present on a daily basis. But the entire time we were in Hawaii, the only time I was applying lotion was on my sunburns!
For the most part, the local Hawaiian cuisine was good.  If you’re a big fan of poke, then Hawaii is definitely your food heaven. Especially since there are so many poke shops and they’re all good.  Each poke shop usually has their own signature poke along with your usual poke varieties.  A must-try, at least once, is the loco moco.  It consists of eggs, anyway you want it, on top of a hamburger patty on top of rice with brown gravy.  
I had a fun time.  The experience was good.  It was great to be able to experience some of the most breathtaking views in Hawaii. To also be able to walk amongst the lava flows from decades ago gave the sense of how unforgiving nature can be.  Would I ever go back to Hawaii? Of course, but not anytime soon.  It can be expensive there, especially if you’re trying to travel on a budget.
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