When Kobo’s Operations Director, told us she was going to be spending fifteen days vacationing in Hawaii—we gave her the usual response: “have fun and take lots of pics!”

What we didn’t expect was that she’d document her holiday almost solely through smartly staged photos of her Aura H2O.

This is Patricia’s journey—traversing Hawaii’s otherworldly terrain with a keen eye, plenty of sunscreen, and several hundred books in the palm of her hand.


We started our adventure in Oahu, Hawaii’s most populous island and popular tourist destination. While in Oahu we watched surfers along the North Shore beaches, we explored the Koolau mountain range, and we hit up Waikiki Beach, in Honolulu, for a quick swim and read. I was absorbed On Immunity – An Innoculation by Eula Biss, while my husband completed Mockingjay, The final book of the Hunger Games.

reading on the beach

Next we headed to the Big Island, where we spent two days hiking in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, exploring the otherworldly landscapes created by lava flows and volcanic eruptions over thousands of years. We hiked the perimeter of the Kilauea Caldera, from where we could see volcanic fumes emerging from the Halema’uma’u Crater and came upon food offerings for the volcano goddess Pele. At dusk we saw the faint red glow of the lava bubbling below.

The park is enormous, extending from the peak of Mauna Kea, the second highest mountain on the island, all the way to the ocean, where precipitous lava cliffs descend into the pristine water.  On one of our hikes, we even came upon lava fields where early Hawaiians carved petroglyphs into the cooled lava.

Hawaiin carvings

We then headed to the Kona coast of Big Island, where we indulged in the abundance the island has to offer: fresh coconuts, oranges, and bananas at every turn, shave ice treats the size of your head, and malasadas, the Hawaiian take on donuts.  


While on Big Island, we hit up Punalu’u black sand beach on the southern shores of Big Island, where we hung out with giant green sea turtles, indulged in guava flavour malasadas, got some reading on.

hands and feet

Following Big Island, we headed to Maui where we spent a day driving the scenic Road to Hana. The route is famous for winding its way through lush rainforest, where every hairpin turn is rewarded by a majestic waterfall, freshwater pools, bamboo forests, and secluded red sand beaches.


And, there were also the glorious, sandy beaches perfect for laying on a towel, pitching the Kobo into the sand for hands-free reading (just a tap to turn the page), and diving into Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend.  

day and night

And, before we knew it, our adventure in paradise was over. We stocked up on silly souvenirs and returned home.