Simplicio serves as the Hawaii senior editor for Where. As an avid globetrotter who has cruised the East China Sea and schussed down the slopes of Kitzbühel, he first got the travel bug after emigrating from Manila, Philippines to Toronto, Canada. After college, he traveled to Europe and never looked back. Follow him on Twitter as @Simplicio and on Instagram as @SimplicioParagas.
Simplicio’s Take on Hawaii: Hawaii offers a multitude of landscapes, from the jagged peaks of Kauai’s Napali Coast and the road to Hana on Maui to an active volcano on Hawaii Island to Oahu’s North Shore surf. On Oahu, my favorite pastime is to spend the day at Eternity Beach. Kauai’s Waimea Canyon offers contrasting views of clay-colored crested buttes, verdant rugged crags and deep valley gorges. To watch the sunrise at the summit of Haleakala on Maui is—to quote Mark Twain—“the sublimest spectacle of my life.” The Farmers Market in Hilo on Hawaii Island bustles from dawn, with farmers and vendors offering an authentic taste of Hawaii.
Most memorable travel experience: I was aboard a ferry crossing the Irish Sea from Dublin, Ireland to Le Havre, France. As I sat at the bar, a fellow traveler, Gina Bailey, approached and pulled out two cans of Carlsberg beer. Hours later as seas started to churn—so, too, did my stomach. I returned to my cabin only to hear a knock on the door, Gina asking to borrow some money. Twenty five years later, I still haven’t been repaid but we have been traveling together ever since, from Vietnam and Australia to the Society Islands and Central America.
Last notable trip: A visit to Habana, Cuba for three memorable weeks.
Place you always return to visit: Owen’s retreat in Mokuleia, which is at the most northwestern tip of Oahu. We’ve been renting the orange cabin here since we were graduate students at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Secluded, serene and untouched natural beauty, it is an “outer island” getaway experience without boarding a plane.