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  • Why I Write Travel Stories. With an Emphasis on Story.

    There's a reason travel stories have been around for generations. No, make that, centuries. Before Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love. Before Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods. There was Twain's The Innocents Abroad. And before that the Journals of Lewis & Clark. Across the pond, the list includes Robinson Crusoe, Around the World in 80 Days and continues back in time to The Travels of Marco Polo, written in the 13th century. Travel narratives persist, because stories are encoded in our culture, in our DNA. We will always tell stories, whether it be in a printed book, in 140 characters on Twitter, or as a blog post.

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  • Mothers of Nature

    Destination: Kauai

    monk seal pup and mom touch nosesWhen I arrived at the beach today, the two-week-old monk seal pup was wiggling around its mother's snoozing head at the waterline. Within minutes, it, too, settled in for a nap, as the incoming tide cooled the lower halves of their bodies.

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  • April in Photos

    surfers at waimea bay on a big dayMake vs. take. When I first got into photography with a Kodak Pocket Instamatic 110-format camera--about the size and shape of a TV remote--I was most definitely taking pictures. Apart from choosing when to turn on the flash, all I did was point and shoot.

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  • Chinatown: More than Just Chicken Feet

    Destination: Oahu

    brick facade in chinatown in downtown honoluluMost people come to Chinatown looking for dim sum, noodle houses, flowers, fruit, bootleg trinkets and your more unusual ingredients for Asian recipes. Chicken feet anyone? On the first Friday of every month, there’s also Art Night—with street food, performance artists, Taiko drumming, and art gallery showings. But I found myself in Chinatown on an architectural tour.

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  • Keepers of the Light, Land and Life: A Look at Kilauea Point over 100 Years

    Destination: Kauai

    cover of keepers of the light, land and life, written by kim steutermann rogersAs a volunteer at Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge on the north shore of Kauai for many years, my interest and body of knowledge tended toward the wildlife—that is, the science of biology and living things, like monitoring Laysan albatrosses, banding red-tailed tropicbirds and studying visiting humpback whales. I noticed and appreciated the big, white tower in the middle of Kīlauea Point with its priceless “crown jewel” sitting on top, but I left the intricate details of the second-order Fresnel lens and its mysterious inner workings to people more interested in engineering and that kind of science. Then, I was asked to write a book in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Kīlauea Lighthouse this May 1, 2013, and in doing so, I learned a whole host of cool, new facts.

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