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  • 2010 Year in Pictures

    In 2010, I traveled around the main Hawaiian Islands, exploring Oahu, Maui, Big Island and, of course, the island on which I live--Kauai.  I always pack one of my various cameras when I travel, either my handy iPhone, portable Canon G9 or my SLR, a Canon 20D with a variety of lenses, including a fun and funky Lensbaby, walk-around 17-85mm, and a super-telephoto Tokina 75-400mm.  I take way more pictures than I ever post on this blog.  Here, in a review of 2010 in pictures, are many of those images that, for one reason or another, were never published.  Enjoy.
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  • Happy Thanksgiving from Hawaii

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  • Honor the Hawaii Tradition Please Leave Your Shoes Outside

    Ceramic tile says mahalo for removing your shoesOutside many front doors in Hawaii, small ceramic plaques read: Honor the Hawaii tradition. Please leave your shoes outside. Or, Mahalo for removing your shoes. Or, my favorite, Please remove your shoes but no switching to better when you leave! My husband and I don’t have any such plaque outside our front door, but we do follow the tradition and inevitably, my shoes end up outside the front door when I’m going out the back. Or, they stack up outside the back door when I’m going out the front door. So, I mostly just go barefoot, inside and out.  Every now and then, though, I head out the door, hop in the car and make for the grocery store, post office or bank and, halfway there, discover I’ve forgotten my shoes. It’s a little akin to the dream of showing up at school in pajamas or, ahem, naked, and even though many shops have signs that say no shirt, no shoes, no service, I can usually get by without shoes. 

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  • Things You Should Know about Hawaii Five-0 2.0

    The reincarnation of Hawaii Five-0 premiers Monday, September 20, 2010 on CBS.  For dedicated fans of the long-time running cop show,  there are a few things you should know. Read More
  • Vacations Are Good for Your Health and Marriage

    couple walking on beach, closeup of legsIt’s no surprise to hear that studies show vacation can lower blood pressure, lower stress hormones and generate overall feelings of well-being. For me, vacation gave me a new home. My husband and I moved to Hawaii for the same reasons we vacationed here: The warm weather, the ocean and the myriad of activities available to us--from golf, running and hiking to paddling outrigger canoes, snorkeling and diving.  Now that we live in Hawaii, we get asked all the time: When you live in paradise, where do you go on vacation? Read More
  • From the Photo Files

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  • Kaui Hart Hemmings Hawaii's Cinderella

    The Descendants is a book that starts off as awkward as a newborn colt taking its first steps. But it gallops to the finish a good three lengths ahead of its nearest competitor and that’s what makes it stick in your mind. What author Kaui Hart Hemmings managed to do in her debut novel is present Hawaii in all its paradisiacal and real ways. She makes Hawaii accessible way to the rest of the world. You don’t just have to live in Hawaii, love Hawaii or have ever visited Hawaii to enjoy this book.

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  • Princess Kaiulani the Movie

    Not all of Hollywood’s movies make it to Hawaii. This Friday, however, a movie will open in a limited release—including the islands of Hawaii. Princess Kaiulani is a coming-of-age story of a young woman in Hawaii. The lead character in this movie was, indeed, a real woman and a real princess.

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  • Play Hulo the Hawaiian Word Game

    On a recent Monday morning at Keauhou Beach Resort, Kumu Keala Ching led visitors in a game of Hulo!, a Hawaiian word game. At first glance, it reminded me of Scrabble, but I quickly learned Hulo! is a little more rambunctious than Scrabble.

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  • Hilo's Sig Zane Celebrates

    I saw on my Facebook page that SigZane.com celebrated its 7th anniversary online earlier this week. The post read, “If we were counting in dog years, we’re just turning one.” And, of course, that made me smile. Not only because I am a dog person, but the comment—that unique way of thinking—reminded me of a conversation I had with Sig last November.

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