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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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  • Book Lovers Day. Hooray.

    So, today is Book Lovers Day. Who knew? In honor, I am sharing my latest finds. They’ve got a theme, you’ll see. It’s Hawaii. I hunted around Google to find the origins of Book Lovers Day, with no success. Not that I need an excuse to read a book. But why August, I wondered? But, really, why not? August is a popular vacation month. Vacations are a great time to read.

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  • What Is Life?

    Laysan albatross adult flying into sceneOn the inside wrapper of my new bar of Indigenous Soap, my "Soap of Fortune" by the Blackfoot warrior and orator Crowfoot reads: "What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset."

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