The Ziemelis Family Story

Our Story

I have been writing consistently on this blog and my “365 Things to Do in Kona” Facebook page since 2010. Why did I start writing here?  Because I was encountering so many extraordinary experiences at the places we were discovering, people we were meeting and fun things to do, I wanted to share my passion and excitement and how my readers could do it, too. I love to share how to spread aloha, along with where you can get an amazing mai tai, find a beautiful sunset, enjoy locally sourced food and get a flavor of the Hawaiian culture. (With a fair amount of how to protect yourself from getting hurt or harming the ocean environment!)

 

But that is not all. I write from a place of gratitude for this island. When we were in Silicon Valley, my husband and I knew raising our children there would not infuse them with our values of Aloha and adventure.  We moved to Kona the first time, in 2005, to live on the island and knew almost immediately that somehow we had been called here.  (We thought we were the only ones when I say that, and now I have met scores of people who have felt the same way!)

 

What have we found here on Hawaii Island? A sense of belonging and aloha. We also find adventures just about every week! We have explored (and continue to explore) every nook and cranny on this big beautiful island and we love to share what we find and things to avoid and look out for, too. When you follow this blog, you get the real low-down.

(We also launched a YouTube channel at 365Hawaii to share even more fun!)

About me

My background is in public relations, marketing  and event planning.  I always had a dream to live on an island and be in the ocean as much as humanly possible.  My family and I moved here the first time in the summer of 2005 and my kids were 10 months old and 4 years old.

We moved into a one bedroom condo in Keauhou with the idea of just living here for a year, renovating the condo, selling it and going back home to the Silicon Valley with money in our pocket and a grand adventure behind us. Well, we DID renovate the condo, but we fell in love with the island and the aloha spirit and didn't want to end our connection with Hawaii after only one year. We realized we were a part of Hawaii and could not let it go.

We moved back to California and rented out the condo until we orchestrated our move in 2010 to “ride out the recession.”  Well, the recession ended, and we are now firmly embedded in this amazing community!

During my time here, I co-created the Big Island Chocolate Festival in 2011, created TechConKona in 2011, founded Best of Kona Festival in 2019 and teach social media marketing. I also branched into real estate marketing and created a real estate matchmaking service with my husband who has  his RE license now.  As my blog has people asking me what it takes to move here, I also wrote the book, “How to Move to Kona” and created "The Insiders Guide for Buying Real Estate on the Big Island of Hawaii" for people considering purchasing a home.

We have lived in Keauhou, Waikoloa Village, on Alii Drive and under Holualoa. We have discovered just about every restaurant, beach, bar, trail, snorkel spot and 4WD adventures spaces. Many only accessible because my hubby has a tricked out classic Toyota truck that gets us anywhere on this island!

Thank you for reading and being part of the adventure! Send me an email with your comments and questions, I do my best to answer each one!

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  • Janet says:

    Why did you choose to live in Waikoloa Village ?

    • Julie Ziemelis says:

      Hi Janet! We chose Waikoloa Village because my husband got a job as a resident manager there. We have enjoyed our almost year here and now he got a job as a resident manager in Kona! So we are moving there at the end of July! They both have their pros and cons and I can still drive to both!

  • Danica L says:

    Hi! We have to make a decision pretty quickly about a wonderful job offer out of Hilo. However, this is the culmination of research and planning since January, so a lot of thought has gone into this potential move. WE would be moving our 3 elementary aged kiddos from Colorado. I’m trying to find anybody who has moved their kids from mainland to Hilo and might be able to help me understand what transition was like for their kids. That is our biggest question/concern. This is a long shot, but wondering if you have any contacts I could reach out to? TIA!

    • Julie Ziemelis says:

      Aloha Danica:
      Why don’t you put out this inquiry on the All Things Big Island Facebook page? There are people who are on there that live in Hilo and could be a good resource for you to find some peace of mind. Good luck!

  • Ralph Turre says:

    Looking into possibility of posting ad in your blog for my business. I offer photographic art prints of Hawaii (more specifically marine life) on aluminum, and looking at advertising for the holiday season.

  • Greg Long says:

    Love you’re Kona aloha Friday bike tour YouTube video

  • Mary Mullins says:

    I have some questions about the schools and jobs in education there. Would love if I could connect directly with you.

  • Janet says:

    Why did you choose to live in Waikoloa Village ?

    • Julie Ziemelis says:

      Hi Janet! We chose Waikoloa Village because my husband got a job as a resident manager there. We have enjoyed our almost year here and now he got a job as a resident manager in Kona! So we are moving there at the end of July! They both have their pros and cons and I can still drive to both!

  • Danica L says:

    Hi! We have to make a decision pretty quickly about a wonderful job offer out of Hilo. However, this is the culmination of research and planning since January, so a lot of thought has gone into this potential move. WE would be moving our 3 elementary aged kiddos from Colorado. I’m trying to find anybody who has moved their kids from mainland to Hilo and might be able to help me understand what transition was like for their kids. That is our biggest question/concern. This is a long shot, but wondering if you have any contacts I could reach out to? TIA!

    • Julie Ziemelis says:

      Aloha Danica:
      Why don’t you put out this inquiry on the All Things Big Island Facebook page? There are people who are on there that live in Hilo and could be a good resource for you to find some peace of mind. Good luck!

  • Ralph Turre says:

    Looking into possibility of posting ad in your blog for my business. I offer photographic art prints of Hawaii (more specifically marine life) on aluminum, and looking at advertising for the holiday season.

  • Greg Long says:

    Love you’re Kona aloha Friday bike tour YouTube video

  • Mary Mullins says:

    I have some questions about the schools and jobs in education there. Would love if I could connect directly with you.

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