Why I Never Wanted to Visit Hawaii – Oahu Family Travel Vlog 2021



I have a confession: I was never that interested in visiting Hawaii. So after a nearly 2-week trip to Oahu, did I change my mind? Watch the visit and you’ll find out.

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23 comments

  1. Im not certain what you did before this but you are truly gifted. I could listen to any video you post, I feel well informed, educated, excited to go anywhere lol and confident I can do it with my toddler. Thank you so much.

  2. Don’t come to Hawaii right now- we are going on lockdown! No hospital beds available. Local folks are tired, burnt out and angry. No aloha to spare right now- kala mai.

  3. I'm a new subscriber and I love the history you gave with this video, so very interesting and your girls are hilarious. I'm glad I found your channel.

  4. Thanks for this video. I have deep mixed feelings about visiting Hawaii and how to do it respectfully. Knowing many native Hawaiians I hear their concerns. What’s been done to Hawaii and it’s people via colonialism, racism, deforestation and over tourism is deeply sad and concerning and has always been.

  5. Watching your baby’s face when trying poi was typical yet always fun to see. Be proud that you had tried it. As a child I disliked poi, where now, it’s like I have to have it often. Hope you all return. Maybe here with us on the Big Island. Aloha! 🤙🏽❤️

  6. Visiting Hawaii is on my bucket list. Thanks for a thorough review. LOVED the music in this vlog – Cheers! ~Elizabeth

  7. That’s so sad that the naive have to more away from home to access affordable housing 💔 they so create a program so they can stay in their homes

  8. I was the same way about Jamaica – until I visited. I was so wrong. It is now my favorite travel destination.

  9. Wish we had more visitors like you and your family. Born and raised on Oahu…. I avoid all places that has tourist…. Good ting I live on da hill, can’t wait to move to the 9th island was planing to move to Maui where my fathers from but that island is becoming like Oahu. 40% of people who lives / owns a home on Maui were not from Hawaii I’d rather move to Vegas. What’s funny is that when I go Vegas for vacation , I stay at the strip because I no like see or eat food that I have here…. But now I can’t wait to move to the hot desert, my car won’t rust to dust😜🤙🏼

  10. I strive to be a conscious traveler like you! We can have fun, and be environmentally and culturally sensitive at the same time! Great vid

  11. Not the strongest colonizer vibes😂😂😂🤣🤣 thank you for this video. I have been on the fence about Hawaii as well.

  12. Thx, very informative. I can relate to your comment about “colonizers” as a stereotype for visitors, but a bit hard to reconcile when you’re staying at the Four Seasons and doing expensive excursions

  13. Hawaii was the only place I’ve ever visited and I had a strange desire to return, I ached to go back 🤣

  14. well, Oahu is a small island and the virus can spread easily. plus our numbers are low and we'd like to keep it that way, Mahalo. the pandemic actually gave our beaches a break. too much tourist is not good sometimes. Alohilani is a nice hotel. It used to be the Pacific Beach hotel before and it had a huge indoor aquarium with an awesome buffet. Highway inn is ok, but it is expensive for the amounts given. Mahalo for wearing your masks. I know its hard, but thats how we take care of each other. Yes, all these people moving here, making property so expensive. its frustrating at times.

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