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  • Guest Blogger Carol Yotsuda Wraps on Frank Hewett

    Destination: Kauai

    Kumu hula Frank Kawaikapukalani Hewitt addresses crowd at E Kanikapila Kakou on KauaiFor 28 years, Carol Yotsuda has orchestrated Kauai’s weekly E Kanikapila Kakou, a gathering of Hawaii’s most beloved musical and cultural performers set in a backyard musical jam session. This past Monday, the esteemed Kumu Kawaikapuokalani Hewett and his hula halau performed. In the way that has become her signature, Carol wrote her “wrap story” about the event.

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  • Bagging Litter

    Destination: Oahu

    muumuu heaven dresses on a rackAs I walked down the sidewalk, I passed a slip of paper on the ground. I looked at it long enough to note that it was the stub of a used boarding pass. In the early morning fog that is my brain, I remembered writing once about how important it is to stop to pick up slips of paper like this one. How the act, even for a scrap, completed over and over again, turns into a habit and a way of thinking about taking care of our environment as if it is our living room. And how the act of picking up litter—especially someone’s else—witnessed by others, serves, possibly, as a pay-it-forward, chain reaction.

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  • Hawaiian Music Legends in Concert

    Destination: Kauai

    Hawaiian music legends concert, nathan aweau, ledward kaapana, dennis kamakahiNathan Aweau kicked off the sold out Hawaiian Legends concert this past Saturday at the Kauai Community College’s Performing Art Center.  He played slack key guitar and his preferred instrument—a seven-string bass.  He sang—beautifully, I might add—and, between songs, he told stories.  Many stories.  Funny stories.  The more Hawaiian music concerts I attend, the more I realize that in order to be a Hawaiian musician, you must also a) be a decent storyteller; and b) like to tell funny and embarrassing stories about yourself.

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  • Monks at Starbucks and New Year's Resolutions

    Destination: Kauai

    kauai hindu temple long shotFor many, time seems to operate differently in Hawaii.  What they mean is that time moves more slowly here in these islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean—far removed from the goings on of the epicenter of American financial life in New York City, political life in Washington D.C. and the entertainment nexus of Los Angeles.  They mean that things take longer in Hawaii.  That people don’t race through their days.  That people don’t watch the clock.  That it’s perfectly acceptable—the practice, daresay—to arrive five to 10 minutes late for dinner, a get-together, at a friend’s house.

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  • Where Are Hawaii's Breadfruit Trees?

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    Last month, my friends Charlie and Susan, along with their daughter Andy, decided to experiment with breadfruit.  They bought ulu at a local farmers market--Kapaa, I believe--and made muffins and breadfruit salad.  The gracious people that they are, they shared the quite tasty results of their efforts with me, stirring me to ask, between bites, why aren't more people growing breadfruit trees in their yards in Hawaii?

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  • 2010 Year in Pictures

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    In 2010, I traveled around the main Hawaiian Islands, exploring Oahu, Maui, Big Island and, of course, the island on which I live--Kauai.  I always pack one of my various cameras when I travel, either my handy iPhone, portable Canon G9 or my SLR, a Canon 20D with a variety of lenses, including a fun and funky Lensbaby, walk-around 17-85mm, and a super-telephoto Tokina 75-400mm.  I take way more pictures than I ever post on this blog.  Here, in a review of 2010 in pictures, are many of those images that, for one reason or another, were never published.  Enjoy.

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  • Hot Lava Rock Massage Bliss

    Destination: Oahu

    I’ve heard the strokes of lomilomi described as long, gliding and deep. I’ve felt lomilomi practitioners use their hands, forearms, elbows and, even, feet. I’ve been told lomilomi may involve chanting, music, prayer and herbs, sticks and rocks. There’s no easy definition, no one description, because lomilomi practitioners from each family or district or island followed their own, unique practice. What I’ve gleaned is lomilomi is a holistic healing art. In essence, it’s not just about the massage.

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  • Ten Years of Light by Linda Ching

    Destination: Oahu

    From 1998 to 2007, Linda Ching was commissioned to photograph a series of feature stories for a magazine, and she turned her camera to exploring mo’olelo, the stories of Old Hawaii. For the past year, she has worked at compiling her favorite images from that decade and marrying those images with her own words—what the stories mean to her. The result is a new book, called Ao: Ten Years of Light.

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  • Happy Thanksgiving from Hawaii

    Destination: Hawaii Island

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  • In Loving Memory of Andy Irons

    Destination: Kauai

    The signs started going up November 3rd, the day after Kauai-born, world-champion surfer Andy Irons was reported dead. Just 32, Andy had recently won the Billabong Pro Tahiti, and was awaiting the birth of his first child—a son, already named Axel.  The news reverberated throughout the island of Kauai in shock waves—from the local coffee shop, gas station and post office to text messages, emails and phone calls. And, of course, at the beach—Pinetrees, in particular, where a group of surfers gathered, slack-jawed and shuffling their feet.

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