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  • Monks at Starbucks and New Year's Resolutions

    kauai hindu temple long shotFor many, time seems to operate differently in Hawaii.  What they mean is that time moves more slowly here in these islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean—far removed from the goings on of the epicenter of American financial life in New York City, political life in Washington D.C. and the entertainment nexus of Los Angeles.  They mean that things take longer in Hawaii.  That people don’t race through their days.  That people don’t watch the clock.  That it’s perfectly acceptable—the practice, daresay—to arrive five to 10 minutes late for dinner, a get-together, at a friend’s house. Read More
  • Where Are Hawaii's Breadfruit Trees?

    Last month, my friends Charlie and Susan, along with their daughter Andy, decided to experiment with breadfruit.  They bought ulu at a local farmers market--Kapaa, I believe--and made muffins and breadfruit salad.  The gracious people that they are, they shared the quite tasty results of their efforts with me, stirring me to ask, between bites, why aren't more people growing breadfruit trees in their yards in Hawaii? Read More
  • 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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  • In Loving Memory of Andy Irons

    The signs started going up November 3rd, the day after Kauai-born, world-champion surfer Andy Irons was reported dead. Just 32, Andy had recently won the Billabong Pro Tahiti, and was awaiting the birth of his first child—a son, already named Axel.  The news reverberated throughout the island of Kauai in shock waves—from the local coffee shop, gas station and post office to text messages, emails and phone calls. And, of course, at the beach—Pinetrees, in particular, where a group of surfers gathered, slack-jawed and shuffling their feet. Read More
  • 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
  • A Weekend On Kauai

    Saturday night found us at the Kapaa Jodo Mission for their annual bon dance festival. We ate “pronto pups” (you may know them as corn dogs) and “flying saucers” (a.k.a sloppy joe’s) and chili rice, the staple foods of these events happening most every weekend throughout the summer across the Hawaiians Islands. Read More
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  • Our Oceans Connect the World

    woman standing on beach looking at waves

    According to a press release from The Ocean Project, the goal of World Oceans Day is “to raise awareness about the crucial role the ocean plays in our lives, and the important ways people can help to protect our shared world ocean.”  In the United States, Hawaii became the first state to recognize and celebrate World Oceans Day. On Tuesday, volunteers around the state participated in beach clean ups and reef surveys. Seminars and movie screenings educated the public on the prevalence of plastic in our Pacific Ocean.

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