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Six Months in Hawaii

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Hawaii | 0 comments

I wrote a post a few months back about my journey to Hawaii Island. After nearly eight years living in Japan, my wife and I decided to come back to the US and chose Hawaii as our new home. We just recently passed the six month mark and all is going well.

We were finally able to move from our one room condo in Hilo to a house in Mountain View. We have a little longer drive and it is a little colder, but we wanted to live here for a while before we commit to purchasing. We are hoping it will be a little warmer during the summer months.

My wife found a job working at a tour company that primarily works with Japanese tourist. I recently found a position as the Director of Sales and Marketing for a local company here on the Big Island that makes cookies, candies and chips.

Live in Hawaii

I can’t talk about the rest of Hawaii, but for anyone wanting to live on the Big Island, I really recommend that you do your research. While my wife and I have been lucky enough to find jobs (the ability to speak Japanese helps), I have also heard a lot of stories of people who moved over here and had to return home after not being able to find a suitable position. The the other islands may be different. I would definitely assume that Oahu is.


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Palms and Blue Sky

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in Hawaii | 0 comments

I actually took this picture a few days ago, but I figured better late than never. Even though it’s November you would never know it. The weather is warm and the sky is blue!

Palm Trees and blue sky

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Incorporating Exercise Into Everyday Activities

Posted by on Nov 11, 2013 in Hawaii | 0 comments

Not all exercise has to be done at the gym or as part of an exercise routine. Sometimes, it can be something as simple as changing your daily habits. Parking farther from the store, walking when you could drive, or even getting up to change the TV channel  instead of using the remote.

There are a lot of things that you could probably change in your daily life to burn a few more calories.

For me, that was walking to the post office today. At about 2 miles away, it would have been much quicker and easier to drive. Instead, I decided to turn it into an adventure and walked.  I got exercise, but it didn’t feel like I was doing it to work out. I was just going to get the mail. What things could you be doing that will help you burn a few extra calories?

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Mauna Kea

Posted by on Nov 7, 2013 in Hawaii | 0 comments

Mauna Kea

It’s been just over a month and a half since we moved to Hawaii and we absolutely love living in Hawaii.  In order to share some of the activities and sites that we are seeing I am going to try and post pictures as often as possible. Ideally I would like to post everyday, but sometimes that just isn’t possible.

So here is the first picture: Mauna Kea. I took this picture this morning from our backyard. The top of  Mauna Kea is the highest point in Hawaii and is an active volcano. Let me know what you think.

And here is the second: A Ginger Flower using a color filter.

Hawaiian Ginger

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Kona, Hawaii and Tribes

Posted by on Oct 26, 2013 in Hawaii, Travel | 0 comments


My wife and I have been living in Hawaii now for just a little over a month and still hadn’t been to the ocean. We needed to go to Costco, so we thought we would make a short visit to the beaches of Kona before going shopping.

It’s about an hour and forty minute drive each way, so I also listened to Tribes on audio book. Tribes was a great book focused on how to be a leader in today’s world. By Seth Godin, the author of Linchpin,  Tribes is an exciting and motivational read.

Here are a few pictures from our trip.





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New home, new diet, new life!

Posted by on Oct 11, 2013 in Hawaii, Health, Travel | 0 comments

Photo by Matt McGee

Photo by Matt McGee

It’s been quite a while since I have written here on Simplistic Thoughts. There are a number of reasons for the hiatus. There have been many things that I wanted to blog about, but never was able  to do so because of the big changes in my life.

For the last 5 years I have been living in Miyakojima (a small island of Okinawa). My wife and I moved there after we had enough of the busy life in Tokyo. It’s an absolute beautiful place with some of the best beaches in the world and a very unique culture (the video in the top right corner of the page is of pictures I took in the first year). We loved it!

We were also able to do amazing things and have incredible experiences while we were there. My wife worked as an English trainer for the teachers and learned hula and lei making. I taught English, did internet marketing, learned the sanshin (an Okinawan banjo) and the ukulele, and tried a number of diets and exercise routines. We also ran a half-marathon, went diving and snorkeling, cave exploring, and volunteered at various events. Most importantly, we made great friends. Sounds like paradise right?

Unfortunately, Miyakojima is a small island and doesn’t provide a lot of opportunity. Jobs are few and the types of jobs available are even more limited. While there we also began to start eating more healthy. We switched to a more vegetable rich diet and since then have switched again to a complete whole foods plant based diet. For those of you who have been in Japan, you know how expensive (and difficult to get) a lot of vegetables and fruits are.

However, it was really the plans to start a family that finally made us decide to move back to the US. I moved back to California in May to look for a job with a university while my wife waited for her green card.

It was  a difficult transition for me. I left most of my friends, and being back in California was a bit of culture shock. The area had grown so much in the eight years I was gone. I realized that to live in the area I had planned, I would have about an hour and a half commute to work everyday. I also missed the subtropical weather of Miyakojima.

I looked at moving to the surrounding states, but none of them really seemed like a good place for me. It was actually my father who first suggested Hawaii. We had planned to move to Hawaii for a short span of a couple years in the future, but I never really considered it as a main home….until then. The more I researched, the more it seemed perfect to meet our needs. It is in the US, but we can still get a lot of the Japanese products and foods we are used to. The weather is warm year round and it is located in between our two families. Could a place really work out for us this well?

After waiting four more months for my wife’s green card, we met (her coming from Tokyo and me from California) at Hilo airport just a few weeks ago. I will save the slightly crazy story of the first week of our arrival for another time, but we our now settled.

We have a very small apartment, our car has Hawaii plates, we are getting used to the area, and hopefully will have locked down jobs in the close future! So far, we love it here! Now that things are a little more settled, I will be writing more often. There are so many things I have learned and experienced that I can’t wait to share!

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