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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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  • 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
  • Seeing A Forest of Trees on Waihou Spring Trail

    tree on waihou spring trailLast week, I was on Maui, expecting to drive up, up, up the windy, twisty road that leads to the summit of Haleakala. I was thinking I might even roust myself out of bed before sunrise to do it, because in the 25 years of visiting and living in Hawaii, I have yet to watch the sun emerge over Maui’s tallest mountain.

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  • Hiking inside Haleakala Crater. Part Three.

    kim at end of haleakala trekBy now, you know I made it down Haleakala on Maui. The question that remains is how. My comedian readers would say that I made it down the slopes of Haleakala one step at a time, and that I did. The descent out of Haleakala Crater from our cabin in Paliku to Kaupo descended a healthy 6,130 feet over 8.6 miles, and it appears that even trimming my toenails and buying hiking shoes one size too big wasn’t enough to prevent what athletes call turf toe. Read More
  • Hiking inside Haleakala Crater. Part two.

    haleakala sunset at palikuSo, there I was, four o’clock in the afternoon on a rainy September Sunday, 10 miles by foot from the nearest paved road. Sitting in a wilderness cabin the size of my living room at 6,380-foot elevation inside the dormant volcano known as Haleakala on Maui. No cell service to call my mother and say we’d hadn’t died on the trek the day before. No wi-fi to check my email. No electricity to charge any electronics whatsoever. Read More
  • Hiking inside Haleakala Crater. Part One.

    closeup of ahinahina leaves in haleakalaHaleakala is famous for its sunrises. Visitors head up the mountain in the black of night in order to witness the sun crawl up and over the tallest mountain on Maui, a dormant volcano, a sight considered by some to be an otherworldly experience. At 10,023-foot elevation, the black of night also delivers a spectacular star show, an added bonus, not quite as famous as its Mauna Kea neighbor, also peaking above the clouds, on Hawaii (Big) Island. But spectacular all the same. Read More
  • Hiking Sleeping Giant. Training for Haleakala. And Michael Phelps.

    Hikers on Sleeping Giant trail, KauaiI hiked Sleeping Giant behind Kapaa last week. I’m headed to Oahu this week and hoping to squeeze in a hike. Didn't you just hike Kalalau Trail, you may be asking. What's up with all the hiking? I am actually training. But not for a sporting event. Hiking hasn't made it to the Olympics yet. (Neither has surfing, although some think it deserves a spot among the rings.) Read More
  • Birding at Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge

    hybrid duck at kealia pond national wildlife refugeEarlier this month, when I was on Maui, my rental car naturally gravitated to a familiar place for me--a national wildlife refuge. Like Kilauea, where I volunteer (on Friday afternoons, stop by some time), this one is dedicated to birds. Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge is located at the south end of the isthmus that runs between East Maui's Kihei and Wailea and West Maui's Lahaina and Kaanapali. Read More
  • Kapalua Coastal Walk

    I didn’t plan it. Seriously. But I went on a bird walk in West Maui. In my defense, I thought it was a fitness walk. When will I accept that I am a birder? Am I in denial of age? Because, stereotypical or not, I always think of birders as, well, older. Or am I in denial of the feathery cute- and cuddly-ness of birds? I met Ben Auerbach at Kapalua Spa at the decent hour of 9:00 a.m. A couple from Wisconsin, a mother and daughter from Dallas, Texas and another couple from Central California joined us.

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