Laurie Lyons-Makaimoku relocated to Hawaii Island from Austin in 2016, looking for a temporary change of pace. After falling in love with the island (and one of its inhabitants), she ended up permanently relocating. Since then she's spent time developing an appreciation for Hawaii's places, culture, and people, focusing her travel writing on the island chain, always working to strike a balance between sharing the islands with the world and trying to ensure that tourism is sustainable and ethical. She now shares her home with her husband, toddler, stepdaughter, and 20 animals and continues to write about culture, sustainability, environmentalism, plant-based living, and more.