Cultural Experience | Hawaii

You Know You Grew Up on an Island When…

16 fun things that all islanders will understand!

By Terah Summers, University of Hawai’i at Manoa

College tourist in Hawai'i picture

College Tourist takes on Hawai’i!

1)   if you are more than 4 miles away from a beach you start to panic


2)   you already have 20 bikinis…but whose counting?

 Bikini pictures

3)   daylight savings….wait what’s that???


4)   you buy that cute scarf even though you know you’ll NEVER use it

Scarf picture

This is a cute look…too bad its 85 degrees outside!

5)   who needs a white christmas anyways?


6)   umm how do you turn on a heater?


7)   slippers> uggs any day, everyday!


8)   you own a beach bag. 

beach bag photo

9)   you still have sand in you hair the day after going to the beach


10) the weather is beautiful AGAIN but I have midterms….sigh


11) even jaws couldn’t keep you out of the ocean

Photo credit


12) the surf report is on your most viewed page


13) you have at least one disastrous underwater photo

underwater picture

14) when you see snow it’s like taking a kid into a candy store

Snow picture

15) it’s going to be below 70 degrees today….better bust out the jacket it’s freezing!

Rainy days picture

16) when you see this during your morning jog, you stop and realize how incredibly lucky you are!


Terah Summers

University of Hawaii at Manoa | 15 stories

Terah is an island girl born and raised in Hawai'i. She is an economics major attending University of Hawai'i at Manoa. She also works at her university as a campus tour guide. In her free time she enjoys surfing, hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, writing, reading and obsessing over travel photos on Pinterest. After returning from a semester abroad in Spain, she dreams of traveling the world, learning new languages, and making a difference! She is currently traveling in South America so check out here personal blog :

One response to “You Know You Grew Up on an Island When…”

  1. Anne Summers says:

    Hey, I loved your choice of photos! Having such fun reading your blogs!

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