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  • Mt. Waialeale on Display

    As I turned right onto Rice Street, I looked up and saw Mt. Waialeale smack in front of my face, standing sentinel, protecting Lihue town. I’ve traveled this road hundreds of times over the years, why did the appearance of this great mountain—receiving an average of 460 inches of rain per year and touted as the wettest spot on earth by some—suddenly grab my attention? It's not like a cataclysmic event recently jettisoned the mountain to its approximately 5,148 feet.

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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
  • 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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  • The Hawaii Farmers Market Cookbook

    Ono Organic Farms dragon fruit on MauiFrom Watermark Publishing, The Farmers Market Cookbook is chock full of recipes and ideas of what to do with those interesting fruits and vegetables you find at farmers markets across Hawaii.  The beauty of this book is that it isn’t meant to sit in the kitchen. It makes a handy companion to tuck into your reusable bag that you carry for stashing all your Hawaii farmers market finds. Read More
  • Hawaii Added to UNECSO World Heritage List

    Noting its significant natural and cultural values, this past summer, on July 30, 2010, UNESCO’s World Heritage Organization inscribed Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument to its World Heritage List. The Monument, also known as the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, is a 140,000-square-mile-swath of ocean and islands running from Nihoa at the southern end to Kure Atoll at the north. In 2006, it was proclaimed a U.S. National Marine Monument by presidential order and is the largest marine protected area in the United States and nearly the world. Read More
  • Adventure Napali and Beyond to Niihau

    Napali Coast, Kauai, HawaiiEarlier this summer, we asked our Facebook fans to share their favorite Hawaii adventures.  Far and away, the number one favorite adventure in Hawaii takes place on the ocean.  At least, for our Facebook fans.  Of all the water related activities mentioned, experiencing Kauai's Napali Coastline ranked right at the top. Read More
  • Hot Dogs in Hawaii

    woman eating puka dog in hawaiiNow, Hawaii is quite a distance from Chicago. And, when it comes to food, Hawaii is known for items that never passed my lips when I was growing up in the Midwest. Shoots, most I had never heard of before vacationing in Hawaii. Like saimin. Manapua. Poke. Lomilomi salmon. Poi.  But even Hawaii has its hot dogs. Read More
  • Sweet Treats in Hawaii

    You've probably noticed it in your community.  Farmers markets are popping up everywhere.  Boxes of produce from CSAs are appearing on the doorsteps of residential homes in your neigborhood.  Instead of lemonade, kids are putting up roadside stands for fruits and vegetables with a box and a slot for your coins and bills.  It's the same in Hawaii. Read More
  • Koloa Sugar Produces Sweet Memories

    Some of my favorite childhood memories include sitting at my grandpa’s feet with my brothers and cousins while the storyteller of our family shared tales of his own childhood. My grandfather’s stories of growing up in the country on the outskirts of St. Louis, Missouri, always fascinated me. Sitting outside the Koloa Mill last week while Earl Smith and Stella Burgess talked about life on the sugar plantation, I felt like time had reeled back forty years, and I was sitting at my grandfather’s knee. 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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