Tag: Hawaii
One Last Post Before The Pro Bowl Presented By USAA
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One Last Post Before The Pro Bowl Presented By USAA

Short bonus post today: the runup to the Pro Bowl continues. Thursday's pre-game event was "Marine For A Day" up at Kaneohe. I can't show it any better than this NFL player getting to try on a set of explosive ordnance disposal gear: NFL #ProBowl players get to experience a day in the life of a Marine on base ...

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I’m Goin’ To The Pro Bowl With USAA!
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I’m Goin’ To The Pro Bowl With USAA!

If you're at the Pro Bowl events next week, please stop by and say hello. I'm the 5'10" 190-pound middle-aged balding ponytailed surfer dude who'll probably be wearing sunglasses, surf shorts, & t-shirt. And SPF50 sunscreen in the middle of winter because, you know, Hawaii. Brought to you by... Most of the ...

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Lifestyles in Retirement: Hawaii Vacation
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Lifestyles in Retirement: Hawaii Vacation

The Mainland weather is getting warmer and most of you seem to be thawing out. I wouldn't torture you with this post in January, but now that spring has sprung it seems to be a good time to answer the urgent financial independence question that I get several times a month: "Hey, Nords: what should we see & do in ...

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Lifestyles in Hawaii: “Naked on the beach”
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Lifestyles in Hawaii: “Naked on the beach”

(Sorry about that cheesy title. As a writer, I couldn't resist the double entendre. As a blogger, I couldn't resist the SEO. I assure you that the spammers will punish me for my transgressions...) Hey, it's Labor Day, and you're probably not going to read this post until you're back at work the next day... or at ...

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Good reasons NOT to live in Hawaii
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Good reasons NOT to live in Hawaii

A reader writes: I've read many of your posts and links about military retirement in Hawaii. It's not something we had considered previously, but it sounds pretty good. Apart from the high cost of real estate, what are the pitfalls? We are a pretty frugal couple, so I don't think the excise tax would be too bad for ...

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Lifestyles in early retirement: Hawaii long-term travel
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Lifestyles in early retirement: Hawaii long-term travel

    Last week's post on long-term retirement travel talked about different air & lodging resources for seeing the world. I've also added several military websites to the sidebar "Travel links" section. Like blogger Jan suggested a couple of weeks ago, it's a great area for showing advertising from ...

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Lifestyles in early retirement: long-term travel
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Lifestyles in early retirement: long-term travel

    Veteran blogger Janette from "Ground Level in Kansas" offered her feedback on the "WordAds" post about types of ads that readers want from this site: I come here not only for me (spouse of retired Army), but for my kids (Marine family and Army family). 20 years in-- we knew nothing of MOAA, Military ...

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Lifestyles in Military Retirement: Living in Hawaii
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Lifestyles in Military Retirement: Living in Hawaii

It must be that time of year again. It's chilly on the Mainland so people's thoughts turn to warm tropical breezes, warm beaches, warm surf, and warm sunshine. Yeah, I know, I'm killin' ya. I won't talk about how it gets so cold on the North Shore in winter surf that I have to wear a 3mm neoprene shorty rashguard just ...

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Lifestyles in military retirement: surfing photos
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Lifestyles in military retirement: surfing photos

Sometimes putting up three posts a week is a problem. However, my blogging problem isn't deciding what subject to write about. My blogging problem is deciding which subject to write about first! Since I'm still incubating a half-dozen unfinished posts, I'll take the easy Monday-morning approach and talk about my ...

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Lifestyles in military retirement: Haleakala Crater redux
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Lifestyles in military retirement: Haleakala Crater redux

Last week we hiked Maui's Haleakala Crater again.  This post stands on its own, but you'll appreciate the background if you first read the post about our introduction to this beautiful yet harsh environment. Four days, three nights, 20 miles of lava-rock trails at altitude. (Here's a two-page Haleakala Crater map ...

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Lifestyles in military retirement: Haleakala Crater
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Lifestyles in military retirement: Haleakala Crater

My friend Jay asked me to post this before we go to Maui.  He either wants to check our morale or get our final thoughts on record... A year ago we got a call from a good friend. He grew up on Maui and had hiked Haleakala Crater for over 50 years. He and his spouse had formed a 12-person group for their next trip but ...

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