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  • World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument

    pearl harbor uss arizona memorialLast week, on a day when rain fell heavy from the sky, I explored the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. You might know the place as, simply, “Pearl Harbor,” where the USS Arizona Memorial resides over a warship that sank in less than nine minutes on December 7, 1941, a sunny day when what fell from the sky were bombs. One such explosive--a 1,760-pound armor-piercing bomb--blasted through the deck of the USS Arizona and entombed a crew of 1,177 men. The ship burned for three days afterward. It sits today where it came to rest 70 years ago. Read More
  • A Tour of Molokai's Kalaupapa Peninsula

    molokai sea cliffsTravel is good for reading. I am finishing Gavan Daws book Holy Man: Father Damien of Molokai, which I started before my weekend trip to the sliver of an island that sits across the channel off Oahu’s southeastern shores called Molokai. I review my notes and photos from our tour of Kalaupapa, the pancake flat peninsula at the base of 2,000-foot sea cliffs along the north shore of Molokai. And I think about two men and a woman. Read More
  • 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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  • 70th Anniversary Pearl Harbor Commemoration

    double salute at pearl harbor commemorationToday, under a bright and sunny Hawaii sky more than 5000 people attended the 70th Anniversary Pearl Harbor Commemoration to recognize 120 survivors of the “day of infamy,” December 7, 1941. They were easy to identify: Most wore a hat with the word “survivor” embroidered across it. Read More
  • Boo: A Story about Ghosts on Oahu

    Ghost stories + Hawaii. Not just for Halloween. I like to say ghosts in Hawaii are about a numerous as the chickens on Kauai. One man who believes in ghosts and can make you, too, is Uncle Joe Espinda, Jr. He leads an Orbs of Oahu tour. It includes stops at five sites outside Waikiki. They may all give you chicken skin, or what you may know as goose bumps, but they're not all bad. Well, maybe all but one.

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  • The Mystery at Makapuu Lighthouse

    locks at makapuu lighthouse on oahuEarlier this week, I slipped out of Waikiki and hiked the trail to Makapu’u Summit along Ka ‘Iwi State Scenic Shoreline. The trail is paved, about 1.5 miles round trip. The hike to the summit is a steady uphill that follows several gentle switchbacks. Read More
  • Two Roads Diverged in Sunny Waikiki

    waikiki beach and diamond head at sunsetThe next night, I found myself outside the Outrigger Waikiki Hotel on Kalakaua Avenue again, and, again, I paused to watch humanity stroll by—a woman, husband, grandmother, runner, dogwalker, child and surfer leaving possibly the same wet footprints as the night before. This time, I turned left, proving you can come back another day and take the “other” road. Read More
  • Hiking Diamond Head Here's How

    hiking diamond head, oahu, close up of legsWhen I think of hiking, I think of trees and hills and the great outdoors.  I think of national parks and wildlife and long drives. I don't think of concrete stairs, tunnels and hand rails.  And, yet, I always descend Diamond Head with a smile on my face. Read More
  • Zipline Thrills: Screaming Like a Rock Star in Hawaii

    Zipline tour on MauiFor some people I know, hiking the Kalalau Trail on Kauai makes them break into a sweat.  Others I know won't even think about driving the famous road to Hana.  For those people, I do not recommend ziplining. But, if you have a general respect for high places, like I do, and you like speed, like I do, then, you'll love ziplining. It's still a relatively new adventure in Hawaii. In fact, you won't even find ziplining adventures on all the islands. Read More
  • Dancing Red Tailed Tropicbirds

    At Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, we (or, at least I), call these seabirds, “Valentine’s Birds.” For two reasons: 1) They arrive at the refuge in early February, around Valentine’s Day, every year; and 2) Their tail feathers and bill are painted a striking red. Read More
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