My Heart is Octopied by Octopuses and Yours Should Be Too

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By Allison Brown

As a serial spontaneous traveler, I often end up at a destination with no plans for what to see or do. Much to the chagrin of my parents, intensive scheduling doesn’t always factor into my pre-trip planning. I enjoy that freedom to see where the days take me. My trip to Kona, on the big island of Hawaii, was a classic trip for me (and maybe even a little more organized and planned out than usual). I did have a short list of 5 or 6 recommendations from friends for things to do and a place to stay pre-arranged. Fueled by needing ideas of things to do and the boredom of waiting for my travel partner, I often head to the pamphlet shelf that almost every airport or hotel has. This shelf is filled with details on the zoos, museums, tours, and food that you must experience in order to consider your trip a “success”. Most of the things on pamphlet shelves are out-of-date or simply boring, but this time I found a gem. My eyes went straight to the image of an octopus and I saw the words “Kanaloa Octopus Farm, The World’s First Octopus Farm.” For many people this would be one of those pamphlets you pick up and take with you but that then gets put into the back of the car with the rest of the ones you stockpiled and forgot about. In this particular case octopuses (yes, this is the correct way to say this) were involved, and these awesome creatures always deserve a front seat. I simply HAD to see the world’s first octopus farm.

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