Literary Travel

I’m writing a book set mostly in Hilo, Hawaii so this month I’m visiting the town and it will be the first time I’ve gone to a place with the sole intent to research and gather information for my first novel. Because two of the five days will be consumed by traveling to and from Hilo, I’ve planned out every hour of every day of the three and half days I’m actually in the town. I have two appointments to meet with local pastors. Downtown is walking-friendly and one can walk from the library to the bay front to Coconut Island fairly quickly and easily. For the sights outside the town, I rented a car for two days. Having visited Hilo in 2017, for vacation, I am familiar with the weather and general feel of the town. But this time, my visit will be to consider and capture the views, the smells, the sounds, marketplaces, historical sites, and the people. A good portion of time will be spent at Hilo library since the library does not allow online access to its materials without a library card, which you can only get in person. Also, the librarian informed me that a number of books are not available online.

Wish me luck! Given a limited budget and time (due to family obligations), I have to make the most of this trip!

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