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  • Historic Hawaii Island

    Destination: Hawaii Island

    yellow tang at kahaluu on hawaii islandI am finishing up breakfast in the Kamaaina Terrace at Keauhou Beach Resort, sitting across from a chair recently vacated by a young man from Washington. He just headed out to Volcanoes National Park for the day. We talked about the lava show going on up there, the hiking trials, the visitor center’s many displays and educational opportunities. Well, I did. He was quiet.

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  • The New Hawaii Island is Big

    Destination: Hawaii Island

    kilauea volcano lava flows into sea on big islandNext week, I head to Big Island. Or “Hawaii Island,” as we are now asked to refer to the newest island, the one on the southeastern end of the Hawaiian Island chain, the one the farthest away from me, the one formerly referred to as “Big Island,” because of its size.

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  • Book Lovers Day. Hooray.

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    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?

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    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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  • Consider the Canoe--Part One

    takaya-tours-logo-on-jacketI've had personal relationships with the canoe. But it wasn’t until I sat with my right hip abutted to the gunnels of a 25-foot ocean-going canoe in a British Columbia fjord off Vancouver that I started to make a connection among all my canoe encounters. My group of a dozen travel bloggers sat two abreast in a canoe, paddling and stroking and listening and imagining as our guide with Takaya Tours shared traditional songs, stories and drumming from her First Nation’s people, the Tsleil-Waututh

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  • No More Shark's Fin Soup

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    Scratch shark’s fin soup off the menu. It was bound to happen. Either the restaurants would run out of shark fins themselves, because certain shark species are near extinction. Or our society would wake up and say, “No more.” The latter happened. A year ago, then Governor Linda Lingle signed a bill into law that made the possession, sale, trade or distribution of sharks and shark parts—that is, fins—illegal.

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  • Mark Twain's New Stamp

    mark twain stampMark Twain visited Hawaii in 1866 and fell in love. And yet these were his words on first sighting the Hawaiian Islands, which he insisted on calling “The Sandwich Islands,” after Captain James Cook. Oahu loomed high, rugged, treeless, barren, black and dreary, out of the sea, and in the distance Molokai lay like a homely sway-backed whale on the water.

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  • Maui Snares the Sun

    Destination: Maui

    Someone asked me last year what my preferred super powers would be if a trail of smoke spiraled up from a bottle and materialized into a genie. And my answer, my super hero of choice: Maui, the Hawaiian demi-god who is credited with many feats. Using his magic hook, he fished up the Hawaiian Islands out of the sea. He carried the sky on his back up all 10,023 feet of Haleakala on the island that bears his name and pushed the sky higher. He discovered the secret of fire making from a bird. But that's not all.

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  • Let's Talk Story

    This August, my high school graduating class will celebrate the 30th anniversary of our high school graduation. Really? 30 years? Can’t be. There’s something about living in Hawaii, the land of perpetual summer and nine-hour flights to the heartland, that freezes time in my mind. I cannot grasp the reality that I have high school classmates with children in college, getting married and, in some cases, having their own babies. I can’t be that old, can I?

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  • The Most Capable of Change

    Destination: Maui, Kauai, Oahu

    I am sitting in a chair in the air, somewhere over the Pacific Ocean between the Hawaiian Islands of Kauai and Oahu. I am headed to Maui for a short getaway, and I am writing this on a wireless keyboard using the Notes app on my iPhone4. While sitting at the Lihue Airport waiting to board Hawaiian flight #508, I received a phone call from my friend Pat, who lives on a sailboat at the Ala Wai Boat Harbor on Oahu. I checked my Facebook account to read about her cat’s morning swim in the harbor. I tweeted about the three birdwatchers sitting next to me, pouring over their bird books and plotting their birding adventures on Maui. (Hosmer Grove, I leaned over and whispered.)

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