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  • The Contemporary Museum. I mean, Spalding House.

    view of diamond head from spalding houseI am on Oahu, staying at the Outrigger Luana Waikiki, which sits, propitiously, next door to Ft. DeRussy Park, a perfect compliment to the theme of this long weekend trip to Oahu—not the fort part but the park part. As you may know, I believe in trip themes. This trip’s theme is meditation. Or introspection. Maybe contemplation. You get the idea. It’s probably true that I have the Dalai Lama to thank for this. He’s speaking on Sunday at the University of Hawaii’s Stan Sheriff Center.

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  • In Search of My New Hero

    sea turtle hauling out on beach

    I wasn't in Haleiwa on Oahu's North Shore to surf. I didn't much care whether the surf was breaking at Jockos or not. But I did want to know whether Jocko's mom was around. Surfline couldn't tell me that. I'd have to find out for myself. I first learned of Audrey Sutherland when I read the February/March issue of Hana Hou, Hawaiian Airlines' in-flight magazine. According to the magazine, Audrey Sutherland has paddled an estimated 12,000 thousand miles along some of the world's most epic coastlines. In an inflatable kayak. Solo.

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  • Doris Duke's Hawaii Home

    shangri la artworkAt the bottom of just another driveway in just another cul-de-sac in not-so-just-another neighborhood outside Waikiki, sits Shangri La. When it was built, it was the most extensive--and expensive--residential project in what was then the Territory of Hawaii.

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  • The Descendants Debuts in Hawaii

    This past weekend, the Hawaii International Film Festival wrapped with the Hawaii premiere of The Descendants, an adaptation of Kaui Hart Hemmings novel of the same name. It stars the “sexiest man alive,” George Clooney and opens nationwide on November 23rd. Read More
  • Why I Write

    I stole this title from Joan Didion who, herself, stole it from George Orwell. These are two decent names to include in any piece on writing, I admit. Today is the National Day on Writing. For the third year in a row, the Senate passed a resolution marking October 20 as a day to recognize writing. This comes at a time when many are lamenting the demise of the written word.

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