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  • Hiking the Hills--and Mountains and Giants--of Hawaii

    Hikers on Sleeping Giant trail, KauaiThat's the thing about hiking in Hawaii. There's hiking along coastlines. There's hiking in urban settings. And, of course, there are hiking trails on mountain ridges, along cliffsides, and through canyons and valleys. As well, there is hiking with giants and kings and demi-gods. There's even a hike through the highest-elevation swamp in the world. Talk about variety. Read More
  • Oahu Ghost Stories

    Hawaii is no stranger to the paranormal. Accounts of a hitchhiking Pele are not unusual. Neither are stories of night marchers. Boulders that move on their own. Sounds of singing in the night. Balls of fire. And ghosts, well, they’re almost as prolific as chickens on Kauai. Uncle Joe Espinda, Jr., leads a tour called Orbs of Oahu for Oahu Ghost Tours, and he believes it all. Absolutely every word. Read More
  • How Well Do You Know Diamond Head?

    diamond head close upYou can see it from practically any spot on Waikiki Beach.  It even slips into view between buildings as you maneuver the maze of streets in Waikiki.  And, yet, how much do you know about this famous landmark? Read More
  • Oahu: Urban Energy to Amazing Natural Wonders

    Adventure awaits you on Hawaii's most popular island and we've got the proof (in 3 fun minutes). See for yourself.

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  • Zipping Across Maui's Treetops

    woman ziplining at Kapalua, Maui, HawaiiI’d signed up for the Upper Mountain Loop Adventure at Kapalua Adventures in West Maui.  It included crossing the highest and longest suspension and five parallel ziplines. The longest zipline was 2,300 feet in length; the shortest 800. All ziplines “sky-surfed” across valleys a couple hundred feet above the ground. Read More
  • Beyond the Road to Hana

    Taro patch in Keanae, MauiAfter the fifty-two serpentine miles of cliff-side road that cross 54 one-lane bridges and maneuver 600 hairpin curves. After dozens of scenic vistas, bamboo jungles, fruit stands, waterfalls and sacred heiau, sites. Only then do you enter Hana.

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  • Lawai International Center: A Life’s Purpose—and Some Shrines—Revealed.

    lawai international center, kauai, shrineLynn Muramoto was a tenured elementary school teacher when an afternoon in a valley on Kauai’s west side changed her life. Hawaii can do that to you. Many visit the Hawaiian Islands and dream of moving here. I did. But Lynn is second generation Japanese American. Kauai was already her home. Read More
  • A Few Ways of Looking at a Blackbird*

    newell's shearwater by keith swindleNewell’s Shearwaters (NESH) are another story altogether. Known to Hawaiians as 'a'o, the seabird measures approximately one foot in length with a wingspan reaching nearly three times that. As seabirds go, kinda small. It has a sharply hooked black bill, good for snagging fish and squid several hundred miles off-shore, and claws that are equally sharp and hooked for burrowing out nest sites and climbing atop trees to launch into flight. Read More
  • Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge: For the Birds

    Long shot of Kilauea Lighthouse from Crater Hill on KauaiThe walk to the historic lighthouse at Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge takes me about three minutes from the parking lot. As I top a slight hill, a panoramic view of the blue Pacific Ocean and a coastline of serpentine cliffs opens before me, just as if someone drew back a pair of heavy theater curtains. Read More
  • Chuck Blay: On Rocks

    Geologist Chuck Blay talks rocks on Kauai's Poipu BeachChuck Blay knows rocks. With a Ph.D. in geology from Indiana University, he can talk “rock” with any geoscientist around. On a cliff on Kauai’s north shore, Blay talked about “plate tectonics” and how the entire archipelago of Hawaiian Islands formed.

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