Bruce Fisher

Since 2006 Bruce Fisher has been publishing the Hawaii Vacation Blog and the Hawaii Vacation Connection Podcast which, create daily content about Hawaii Travel and Tourism. This blog is the only online resource providing Hawaii-based information aimed at travelers seven days per week. Postings reflect the Hawaiian Islands, their culture and their lifestyle as accurately and thoroughly as possible.

You can work pretty much where you want to – on the road, do you find it hard to work or do you just have fun and work when you come back home?

Working in Hawaii may sound like an oxymoron, but for locals, we’ve just grown accustomed to the grind, even if it is in a place known for its relaxing, vacation-esque association. The best part about working in Hawaii is once you’ve hit that Aloha Friday pau hana hour, it’s like you’ve woken up and now you’re on vacation. The weekends, or whichever days you have off, can be filled with as much winding down as you can fit in; soaking up the sun, snorkeling, swimming the warm waters, hiking to waterfalls, or other Hawaii style activities. I spend a lot of time in nature when I’m not inside working; Hawaii is an extremely conducive place for an outdoorsy lifestyle! For me, I am fortunate enough to work from home, in the beautiful neighborhood of Hawaii Kai on Oahu’s south side. My career consists of writing about my experiences on the islands and sharing my passion with others, so it’s hard to feel like any of it is really work. I’m pretty much on an endless vacation out here on Oahu, offering accessible aspects of Hawaii to the world through blogging and podcasts. However, when working from home, and when working in a place like Hawaii, there is a fine line between having a healthy work style and crossing over into workaholism. But it’s hard to not find the relatable and usable features of Hawaii when you live amongst it all… Hawaii is the palate for our picture; it’s the topic that keeps on giving. I can simply look outside my window and find a theme to write about, I just love it.

Do you feel many people are envious of your lifestyle?

Sometimes I have to pitch to myself that I even live this lifestyle! And sometimes I feel like, while writing about all of my incredible experiences, I’m rubbing it in to those who don’t live here. But most times, people seem to sincerely enjoy hearing about these things, whether it be my awesome sail to Maui or the delicious fresh fish I ate for dinner, people tend to be supportive and curious of it all. Plus, I’m always eager to encourage people to come visit and book a vacation, and I strive to make this an affordable option for those looking to travel to the islands. It’s important for me to make this life attainable for others, I’m not living in Hawaii because I got lucky, I’m living here because I am fortunate, and because I made the choice to move here and make things happen. People don’t have to be envious of my life in Hawaii because they can decide to enjoy it too!

In which countries have people recognised you, even when you thought nobody would?

I actually do get recognized from time to time in Hawaii, because between my blogging, podcasts, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media followers, and my feature on the Travel Channel (Hawaii Do’s and Don’t’s), people have begun recognizing my face. One time, my wife and I were walking around the Hawaii Kai Shopping Center and some guy slams on his brakes, jumps out of the car and runs up to me saying, “Hey is that you Aloha Bruce?!! I just watched your video!” He was so excited and shocked to see me because he had literally just finished watching one of my videos online, and to see me walking around in the town center was like he had spotted an A list celebrity! I also had another guy approach me while I was docking my boat one day and say, “I just have to introduce myself, I’m one of your Facebook fans.” He wanted to meet me and shake my hand because he was a loyal follower and was excited to see me “in the real world”. I definitely get spotted and called out a lot, which seems so strange to me that these people know who I am but I have no idea who they are. It’s great though; I really enjoy the enthusiasm and love I get from all the fans and followers.

Which three items would you never travel without?

Number one would be my geeky gear, which consists of everything from my iPhone to my video camera to my audio devices, and everything else electronic-ly dorky you can imagine. I also would never travel without my Vibram Five finger shoes, which I guess kind of falls under the “geeky gear” category as well. But I use them for hikes and heavy walking, and have become completely obsessed with them because they are just so amazing! The other thing I would never travel without is a ton of sunscreen, especially because I need it for my bald spot. Don’t want to be getting any sunburns up there!

Are there any specific souvenirs or other things you collect from the places you go to?

One thing I love to collect, that I find quite unique, are nodder dolls. They’re like bobble heads, except in the form of hula dolls, where the spring is in the middle of the doll instead of in the head. When you mount them on your car, the nodder dolls do the hula! It’s something I just became intrigued with, so I began collecting them and can’t pass up an opportunity to buy a new version of one if I find it someplace. I also love collecting personal photographs of palm trees, especially “kappa kahi” kine. This pidgin word translates to “all mess up” or gnarled, crazy, and strangly shaped. These palm trees twist and turn to create odd looking trunks and the photographs of these from different angles are just incredible. I also love collecting pictures of sunsets because they just never get old. And no two are alike. It’s one of my favorite things to photograph.

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