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  • The Magnetism of Napali Coast

    nualolo valley wide shot of reefOn this trip, I was headed to Nualolo Kai, the mid-way point, a valley marked by a giant X in the cliff face backing it—and bordered on one end by Alapii Point. The plan was for Anthony to drop me off and continue on his way with the other eight or 10 passengers to the lush side. They would dip in and out of a half-dozen sea caves, cruise through a waterfall or two, hear Anthony share the history and legends of the place and utter the words—beautiful, gorgeous, spectacular. Read More
  • Kayaking Napali Coast: Breath-Taking and Breath-Giving

    kayaking napali coast"Stay to the right of the monster," my friend Susan said from another kayak, as my husband and I paddled toward Polihale Beach from the north. From our two-person kayak, I could see a series of waves falling like dominoes onto the shore of the longest and westernmost beach on Kauai. Read More
  • From Old Ladies to Surfer Chicks: Learning to Surf at Hanalei

    the surfing gredgets waiting for wavesThere we were four women who had all reached the point in our lives when we could check AARP off the list of invitations we’d received in the mail—and we were lying face down in the sands of Hanalei Beach on Kauai’s North Shore.  It was a slightly overcast summer day that as it wore on, drew people outside like Hawaiian cleaner wrasse to algae-wearing turtles. While they adjusted beach chairs and applied sunscreen, we stared down a surf break known as “Grandpa’s.” Grandpa’s, as in, people young and old could surf this wave. Grandpa’s, as in a beginner’s wave. The bunny slope of surfing. Read More
  • Readying to Kayak Napali Coast

    Napali Coast, Kauai, HawaiiOne month from today, I will spend five days kayak-camping along Napali Coast. That means, I have 30 days to get in shape. The trek will involve kayaking 17 miles along the majestic Napali Coast, one of Hawaii's most scenic vistas. We will explore sea caves and dip into waterfalls. We will gawk at the line-up of cliffs that gives this coastline its name--Napali translates to English as "the cliffs." One month from today, I will spend five days kayak-camping along Napali Coast, and that means, I have 30 days to get in shape.

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  • Hooking More Than Just Fish. Hawaiian Monk Seals At Risk.

    de-hooked hawaiian monk seal heads for water“Are you on island?” she asked. She knows I travel around the Hawaiian archipelago and cannot always respond to her requests. As it turned out, I was not only on Kauai, but I was above the very beach a male Hawaiian monk seal needed help. I knew this monk seal, flipper-tagged T12, and born three years ago to a regular, productive mother, known as Rocky. The juvenile seal had recently molted, and sported a beautifully, clean coat of silvery-grey and milky-white stomach. Read More
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