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  1. The city has worked hard to the area up nice after the storm.
  2. Before I start making a plan, I need to know what you have in mind.
  3. He grew up in a big city, so he prefers to be where the .
  4. There is about between our house and our neighbors house.
  5. If you like hiking, there are many volcanoes in the area to explore.
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621 Hawaii Travel Tips
Mitchell give vacation ideas for people going to Hawaii on holiday.

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have a goal in mind

If you're going to take a trip to Hawaii, first you have to have a goal in mind.

When you 'have a goal in mind,' you have some idea about what you want to do or accomplish. Notice the following:

  1. Before you start your project, you need to have a goal in mind.
  2. Do you have a goal in mind for how much money you want to make this summer?

where the action is

The town side is where the most action is.

A place 'where the action is' has people and activities going. It is more lively than other areas of Hawaii. Notice the following:

  1. He is always where the action is.
  2. We don't live in the part of the city where all the action is.

built up nice

Waikiki is a really nice place because it's built up nice.

Here, 'built up nice' refers to the fact that a place has been developed and has things to do. Notice the following:

  1. There is pressure from the locals to build the area up nice so the tourists come.
  2. In the last 10 years, this little beach town has been built up nice.


Diamond Head used to be a volcano, but now it's inactive.

A volcano that is 'inactive' no longer erupts and shoots lava everywhere. Notice the following:

  1. That volcano has been inactive for about 100 years.
  2. The town is actually built right next to an inactive volcano.

fifty yards

You can get within fifty yards of lava flowing from the Kilauea.

'Fifty yards' is a distance. It is about 150 feet or 45.72 meters. Notice the following:

  1. Do you think you can throw this ball fifty yards?
  2. The running race for the 3-year-olds will only be fifty yards.