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Aloha! I’m Kristen, and this is my husband John. We’re two transplanted East Coasters loving life on Oahu. We’re the property managers for the Hillside Hideaway and the masterminds behind the blog. Learn more about the house here.

I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, and now split my time between New York and Honolulu. John was born in Brooklyn, NY, raised in New Jersey, and has lived in Berlin, Germany; Sydney, Australia; and now Honolulu.

We have kind of an interesting “meet cute” story. John’s dad and my uncle are lifelong friends and colleagues, so we grew up vacationing together and seeing each other at family functions…but we did NOT get along. There was a certain ski trip that solidified the enmity; John made fun of my “baby toys” (he’s 3 years older), and I turned my nose up at John’s Karate Kid-style skeleton pajamas and wished he’d get left on top of the mountain after ski school. Fast forward to early 2009, we met up for drinks when John was in New York (he’d moved to Hawaii a few years back), and realized right on the spot that our feelings had changed. I flew out to Hawaii the next month to visit, and the rest is history!

We both work in the sales and marketing field, although in totally different industries; and we’re lucky enough to be able to work from our home office most of the time. When we’re not working, we love hiking, hanging out on the beach, cooking, traveling, diving and refinishing furniture. In fact, many of the pieces in the Hillside Hideaway were hand refinished by us! Check out the blog for details on our house projects, other goings-on at the Hideaway, and a glimpse into our island life.

You can find us on Facebook and Twitter; you can also find me on Pinterest sharing all kinds of food, drink, home and beauty goodies.

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