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Kait Hanson
Kait Sawyer Hanson is a Hawaii-based writer. On any given day, she can be found balancing freelance writing, a Diet Coke addiction and her smarter-than-average chocolate Lab, Judy. A Penn State graduate, Kait enjoys cooking and traveling with her husband, Dane. Kait’s daily musings can be found on Twitter, or her personal blog, If you're more visual, you can follow her on Instagram.

Entries by Kait Hanson

A Mother's Day Gift Guide for the Fun, Domestic Goddess

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 11:34 AM

It's hard to believe that May is here already. It sort of feels like we were just celebrating Valentine's Day, but alas, here we are! And because April showers bring both May flowers and Mother's Day (every year, friends) I wanted to put together a gift guide for the kitchen-minded...

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(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 4:39 PM

We've all seen it--the hashtag that sets Hawaii apart from other tropical locations. But what does it mean?

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Is Clean Living Medicine?

(1) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 1:24 PM

Earlier this week as I was browsing my latest news updates, I came across a headline that intrigued me enough to click on it. You win, Mashable editors -- your clickbait headline got me again!

"The mystery of Belle Gibson, who claimed she cured cancer with clean living"

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10 Hawaii Instagram Feeds You Need to Follow

(5) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 6:28 PM

From surfing to sea life, our islands share one common theme -- beauty. While the rest of the country is talking about how many snow days they will rack up this year, these ten feeds remind us why we are lucky to live Hawaii, indeed.

1. @MikeCoots

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The Instagram Effect & Faux-tography

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 1:31 PM

In the day and age of selfie sticks and endless photo editing apps, it seems like my social media channels just keep getting prettier and prettier. I can't remember the last time I logged onto Instagram and saw something visually unappealing.

A slight crop here, sharpening there, and...

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10 Foodie Feeds I'm Ready to Devour

(3) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 1:55 PM

If your Instagram feed is anything like mine, it's comprised of three main categories: food, dogs and friends who travel--in exactly that order. Most days I'm left wanting to simultaneously eat my phone, pet a dog and travel the world.

Lately it seems that some of my...

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F You, 2015

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2014 | 3:24 PM

As 2014 draws to a close and the fresh slate of 2015 presents itself, I can't help but make a list of resolutions. Whatever your thoughts are on the age-old tradition, isn't it kind of nice to make a list and check things off? While 2014 held some amazing things...

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The 12 Dogs of Christmas

(1) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 12:04 PM

What gets me in the holiday spirit more than a classic holiday jingle? Dogs getting festive on Instagram! If you missed my Thanksgiving piece you can check it out here.

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...err, wait a second -- we...

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An Apology & Travel Tips... From Professionals!

(9) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 9:55 AM

What kind of writer would I be if I didn't listen to my readers? Not one that is willing to grow and learn. After I wrote my piece on planning a honeymoon based on my personal experience, the commentary was overwhelming; it took me almost a full day...

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There Is Tremendous Power in a Well-Told Story

(2) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 11:51 AM

Inspiration. Hope. Change.

For as much as many times as social media seems to dominate our lives, sometimes remarkably inspiring things transpire via social channels that are too good not to step back and admire. This is one of those times.

Like all good stories, this one began when a...

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Planning a Honeymoon? Don't Miss These 6 Tips!

(72) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 4:22 PM

Some days I wish I could go back and plan our wedding all over again. Just kidding, I would never wish for that, but what I DO wish I could do is plan our honeymoon all over again. We were less than thrilled with Costa Rica (you can't win them...

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Why the 21-Day Fix Was Not for Me

(4) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 11:09 AM

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past six months, you've heard of Beachbody's 21-Day Fix. Who DOESN'T want to be "fixed" in 21 days (ugh, I hate this name... more on that later)? Like the rest of you, I was hooked by the ease of what the...

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These Beach Dogs Will Make You Grateful For Endless Summer

(2) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 11:04 AM

While it seems like the rest of the country is preparing for a snow apocalypse--at least that's what I've garnered based on many recent Instagram posts--we're still enjoying 80 degrees and breezy here in Hawaii!

Admittedly, I miss the seasons, but a great day at the beach can always...

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6 Dogs Who Are Ready for Thanksgiving Dinner

(2) Comments | Posted November 15, 2014 | 1:44 PM

I'm not sure about any of you, but I'm feeling a little bit like "HOW COULD IT POSSIBLY BE THE HOLIDAY SEASON ALREADY?!"

Before we know it, the bird will be going in the oven and we'll be announcing what we're thankful for with our closest friends and family....

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Brittany Maynard: Where Does the Debate End?

(1) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 4:01 PM

If there's one thing my family and friends would probably tell you about me, it is that I can quite easily become fixated on one topic, headline or thing. Latest fashion trends, gender inequality, upcoming holidays -- you name it, trivial or serious, it's fair game. My fascination is limitless...

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Is Bigger Always Better?

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 9:06 PM

We can barely function in today's society without being inundated by advertising. In fact, I'm sure there's some sort of ad on the side of the page you're currently looking at.

As Black Friday quickly approaches (how are we already nearing the end of October?), I can't help but think...

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When Being Selfish Is a Good Thing

(5) Comments | Posted June 28, 2014 | 11:22 AM

I think sometimes the word selfish gets a bad rap We grow up learning to play fair, be nice to others and above all else, be selfless, not selfish.

But what happens when being selfless puts you on a track that's not leading to your own personal happiness? Is it...

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What We Can Take Away From the Heartbreak at Fort Hood

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 4:18 PM

Before I met my fiancé, my knowledge of the military included what I had learned from a textbook, limited insight from my grandfather, a retired World War II veteran, and media portrayal. I am ashamed to admit that I knew little more than the different branches.

When I met...

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Female Success: No Disclaimer Needed

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 11:10 AM

More and more female powerhouses are gaining recognition for amazing accomplishments personally and professionally. It amazes me to see the Sheryl Sandbergs and Kate Whites of the world digesting girl power one road block at a time, and a voice inside me cheers...

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Be Excellent

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 4:57 PM

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." -- Aristotle

I saw this tweet the other day and it spoke to me in the kind of way that perks up your ears and makes your heart beat a little faster. That could have...

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