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  • Multi-Cultural Healing on Kauai

    Destination: Kauai

    For centuries Hawaiians traveled to a healing heiau (sacred site) in Lawai valley. Then, in the late 1800s, Asian immigrants arrived to work on sugar plantations and erected Taoist and Shinto temples. In 1904, a series of eighty-eight small Shingnon shrines--miniature temples with figures of wood and stone--were crafted and set along a path to replicate a traditional temple pilgrimage route of more than 1,000 miles in Shikoku, Japan, that was established more than 1,000 years ago.

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  • Possibility is Alive on Kauai

    Destination: Kauai

    Earlier in the day, as I chatted with the gas station attendant who pumped gas into my Jeep, we both commented on the day. Only a few clouds mingled above the mountaintops in the center of the island. The sky and the ocean gleamed a brighter blue than normal. It felt like a chocolate sundae kind of day.

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  • Hawai'i Writers Conference. Day 3

    Destination: Oahu

    Located in the middle of the Pacific and known as the most remote body of land in the world, Hawai’i exists in its own time zone.  But I think time works in another way here.  More times than I can count, I run into just the person I seek, know, need, want.  It’s like a conspiracy is going on.  Out of the thousands of people in Waikiki, the elevator doors open and there’s one of the two people I know attending the Hawai’i Writers Conference.

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  • Hawaii Writers Conference. Day 2

    Destination: Oahu

    Let's say your husband dies suddenly. Let's say you're in your mid-30s when it happens and let's say you also have three young children at the time. What you really want to do is crawl into bed and never get out, but you have these children. They need their mommy. They also need clothes to wear and food to eat. You decide the only thing you can do for your children is to show them that tragedy does not give one permission to live a small life.

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  • Hawaii Writers Conference. Day 1

    Destination: Oahu

    I've attended the Hawaii Writers Conference (formerly "Maui Writers Conference) four out of the past five years, and I can easily say this opening was the most powerful. I cried. I laughed. I stood with my mouth open, shaking my head, holding my hand to my heart.

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  • Hawaii's Summer Reading List

    Destination: Hawaii Island

    You know how it is with Facebook. You receive emails from people with whom you graduated from high school 25 years ago. You receive emails from people you don’t know but who fanned the same group as you. You receive emails from people who say they know someone in common with you. And they all want to be your friend. That’s how it was with Mia King. I didn’t know Mia King. I hadn’t ever met her before. In her email, she said that I knew a good friend of hers and I knew her husband. She was right. On both accounts.

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  • Preserving Hawaiian Culture on Big Island

    Destination: Hawaii Island

    Enjoy this video that we recently posted on OutriggerHawaii.com.  If you watch it all the way through, the last few comments will make you ponder a few things.  At least, they did for me.

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  • Volunteering on Vacation: A New Way to Travel

    Destination: Maui

    My husband and I went to Maui to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. We planned the usual romantic activities for such an event—a meandering drive on the road to Hana and dinner for two at a romantic restaurant, Pacific’O, practically right on the beach in Lahaina. But we’ve also decided to try something different on this vacation.

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  • Day 4: Bryce is Back

    Destination: Oahu

    A little Paul Newman, a little Johnny Carson.  By the close of the Maui Writers Conference, all the women in the audience had fallen in love with Bryce Courtenay.  Or, at least, co-director Shannon Tullius and emcee Sam Horn.  Truth is I think I did, too.  My love didn’t come from his antics Friday night.  My love developed this morning, as Bryce shared with a ballroom of writer wannabes just how he became Australia’s best-selling author ever.  It’s a classic Kleenex story.  Tears rivered my face.

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  • A Long Walk On The Beach

    Destination: Oahu

    The Kings of Appletown was directed and produced by Oscar-winning Bobby Moresco.  You might know his work.  He co-wrote Crash and Million Dollar Baby, scooping up Hollywood’s most prestigious awards for both movies.  This new movie was written by Bobby’s daughter Amanda.  It was a perfect choice for the Maui Writers Conference, because it was inspired by one of America’s favorite literary masterpieces:  Mark Twain’s Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

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