Guides for Living and Visiting Hawaii Island

Mercier Tyler and Chris Mercier are husband and wife authors who met while attending an international high school in Jakarta, Indonesia. They fell in love with the tropics while traveling around Java and Bali. They moved to Oregon for college and pursued their careers in art and computer programming in Texas, New Mexico, Virginia, and California. They moved to Hilo, Hawaii in 2007 for just a year to escape the fast-paced life in Silicon Valley. They never left the islands.

Tyler and Chris started a website about living in Hilo and a blog about the joys of living in the tropics in Hawaii. After receiving hundreds of emails with requests for information and advice, they started writing books about living in Hawaii.

Since 2007, Tyler and Chris have lived in numerous communities on the Big Island of Hawaii and Oahu. Their most recent book is about why people living in Hawaii are healthier and happier than people living elsewhere in the United States.



Your Ideal Hawaii Island Vacation

This travel guide covers the amazing sites around the island easily accessible by a regular car. It has detailed maps, descriptions, driving directions, and photographs of over 150 unique places.

The guide includes historical background material about the people and events that shaped Hawaii Island.

Your Ideal Hawaii Island Vacation guide showcases incredible beaches where Hawaiian royalty lived, coastlines where historic battles were fought, ancient temples, ranches where the Hawaiian cowboy culture was born, and historic towns built during Hawaii's sugar boom. Stories are told from early visitors such as William Ellis, who walked around the island in 1823, and Lucy Thurston, who lived in Kailua-Kona in the 1820s.

The historical and cultural settings of each site is organized with descriptions to appeal to both seasoned and armchair travelers. The guide also showcases what is happening now at Kona coffee plantations, macadamia nut factories, and cattle ranches. The guide includes places near the resort complexes, unique island businesses, and recent lava flows.

Your Ideal Hawaii Health

Are you eating healthy and exercising and still overweight?
Are you hungry, tired, and unhappy?

We moved to Hawaii Island seven years ago exhausted, obese, and out of shape. Living in Hawaii restored our energy and our weights returned to normal. We feel better than we have in decades.

Our research about why people in Hawaii are healthier and live longer uncovered hundreds of health studies that contradicted everything we knew about a healthy diet and life style.
  • Learn about the many studies that contradict the recommendations of most health organizations.
  • Learn the key nutrients most of the US population is missing yet are plentiful to residents in Hawaii.
  • Learn why many foods in Hawaii have more nutrition than the foods available on the mainland.
  • Learn why common life styles and practices in Hawaii improve longevity and happiness.
In the chapter on "Driving Hawaii Island" tables with realistic driving times between major sites are included. The driving times take into account areas of low speed limits and traffic congestion. Information about Saddle Road and driving to the Onizuka Astronomy Center on Mauna Kea are included.

The photographs in the paperback are in black and white. The Kindle version displays the photographs in color if your Kindle device supports color.

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Your Ideal Hawaii Island Vacation travel guide is available in a premium paperback version with color photographs. The book is a great keepsake for a trip to Hawaii Island and perfect as a gift. This paperback version shows the bright colors, green forests, and amazing deep blues of Hawaii Island.

Your Ideal Hawaii Move

This book is a guide for planning a move to Hawaii Island, getting set up, and settled in on the island.

It describes the choices you have when planning a move to Hawaii and how they later affect your cost of living and lifestyle in Hawaii.

Your Ideal Hawaii Move guide answers the most common questions people have about moving to the island including:
  • Where is the best to live on the island?
  • What should I bring to Hawaii?
  • What is the best way to ship my possessions to Hawaii?
  • Should I ship my car to Hawaii or buy one when I get there?
  • How do I bring my pet to Hawaii?
  • What services are there in Hawaii and how easy is it to set up utilities?
  • What choices do I have for medical insurance?
  • Should I get a Hawaii drivers license?
  • What kind of jobs are there in Hawaii?
  • What activities are there for kids and teens?
  • What type of stores and shopping are available?

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Your Ideal Hawaii Island Vacation WEST SIDE

This travel guide focuses on the West side of Hawaii Island including North and South Kona, North and South Kohala and Waimea. It has the descriptions and historic background included in Your Ideal Hawaii Island Vacation with many more pictures of each location, all in color.

This book is available as a Kindle

Your Ideal Hawaii Island Vacation EAST SIDE

This travel guide focuses on the East side of Hawaii Island including Hilo, Volcanoes National Park, Kau, Puna, and the Hamakua Coast. It has the descriptions and historic background included in Your Ideal Hawaii Island Vacation with many more pictures of each location, all in color.

This book is available as a Kindle

Your Ideal Hawaii Home

This book describes how a house and its location can impact your quality of life in Hawaii. The home you build or buy can make your life in Hawaii paradise or misery. This book addresses the most common misunderstood aspects about living in Hawaii's tropical climate and the state's highly unusual property laws

Your Ideal Hawaii Home answers common questions people have about buying and building in Hawaii including:

  • Why cold climate houses are expensive to cool and up keep in Hawaii’s tropical climate.
  • What Hawaii-style house features can minimize bugs and mold in a house and save on electricity.
  • How the islands' geography creates dramatic climate and rainfall differences within small distances.
  • Why maintaining a garden in a tropical environment can be an overwhelming and exhausting in a tropical climate.
  • How fast growing trees and bushes can cause major problems by blocking your home's cooling breezes and views.
  • How Hawaii's complex zoning laws limit your property use.
  • Why selecting the right neighborhood and neighbors are so important on a remote island.

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