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About Us

Island Life Hawaii was created by a pair of seasoned travelers with a passion for the tropics and the goal of making your next Hawaii getaway the trip of a lifetime. We work with local communities and travelers alike to give you the inside scoop and take the guesswork out of your vacation. We highlight the best places to eat, things to do and the perfect accommodations to lay your head at night. From catamaran sails to scuba diving excursions, jungle adventures to sunset cocktails on the beach, we are passionate about helping you curate the tropical vacation of your dreams. We hope you enjoy!

The Team

Daniel Mode

Co-Founder / Writer / Editor

Daniel is a web creator, novelist, writer and editor who has visited over 45 countries across five continents throughout his life. Since becoming a full-time international traveler/resident in 2013, Daniel has lived in Asia, Central America and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Daniel previously worked creating content for the Discovery Chanel in the United States and then operating an adventure tour company on the wild east coast of Taiwan. Daniel’s passion for travel and the “Island Life” led him and his wife Laura to found Island Life Guides in 2020.

Laura Schulthies

Co-Founder / Writer / Editor

Laura has over 15 years of experience in journalism, travel writing and travel content creation. Her passion for exploring the world came early in her life with her first visit to Hawaii when she was 10.  Laura has traveled to and lived in over 40 countries worldwide and studied in places such as Guatemala, Mexico, and Thailand, always seeking to immerse herself in the local culture. She is constantly curious and seeks to experience the incredible people and places of the world while sharing those adventures with her readers and helping them curate their own unforgettable journeys.

Vanessa Howard

Writer/Editor

Vanessa Howard is a digital nomad and freelance writer with over 8 years of experience within the travel writing community. Some of her favorite international travel destinations include Costa Rica, Mexico, Iceland and Scotland. When she’s not freelance writing, Vanessa enjoys traveling the United States in her RV with her fiancé and their three crazy dogs. She is slightly obsessed with travel, National Parks and sunsets. Researching destinations, collaborating with local experts, and providing first-hand recommendations to help fellow travelers curate their dream trips are huge passions of hers.

Tim Rompfer

Fact Checker

Tim has been based in Cozumel, Mexico since 2011, having spent a lifetime exploring the Caribbean, North America and Europe extensively. As a well-traveled and seasoned divemaster, Tim has accrued thousands of dives throughout the world over the years. Embracing the digital nomad lifestyle, Tim has merged work and wanderlust, crafting a life of perpetual exploration. Tim’s attention to detail and fluency in Spanish and English ensures his accuracy as the fact checker for Island Life’s travel guides.

The Island Life Promise

Throughout Island Life Hawaii and our other online guides, you may find affiliate links to businesses where we collect a small commission if you click on them. This is how we keep the lights on but does not influence our recommendations in any way. We would never recommend something we don’t personally love and trust. If you ever find a recommendation in any of our guides that you think isn’t up to par, send us an email below and let us know. We’ll check it out, and if you are correct that something we recommended has indeed fallen from grace, we will swiftly take it down. A few dollars commission is not worth losing the trust of you, our website visitors. You are why we do this. That is the Island Life Promise.

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