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  • 'Ulalena at Maui Theatre

    Destination: Maui

    I walked into the Maui Theater a couple weeks ago knowing little about ‘Ulalena: A Story of Hawaii’s People. I left knowing this. ‘Ulalena. What it is: A theatrical interpretation of the history of Hawaii from the cultural point of view of the Hawaiians. ‘Ulalena. What it is not: A lu’au experience.

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  • Rainy Day Books. Good for Sunny Days, Too

    It’s actually quite sunny today where I am right now—Outrigger’s Royal Kahana Resort in West Maui. A couple walks the beach, taking turns snapping pictures of each other that are probably already posted to Facebook. A mother and her young daughter practice sun salutations. A skin diver circles a reefy patch off-shore, trailing a scuba flag attached to an inflatable. Three snorkelers flick the water with their red, yellow and blue fins. Below me, on the grass, a family of four sips the same strawberry-rose-colored smoothies. A woman reads a Kindle. A man reads a hardback book. A magazine’s pages flutter in the breeze. As I write this, a man glides by with powerful strokes on an outrigger canoe. I look for the telltale signs of humpback whales, but the only wrinkle in the day are the strong winds that create white flecks of sea beyond the reef and make spotting the blows and pec slaps and flukes of whales all but impossible.

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  • Poi Dog Blog: A Cowboy, Vanilla Farmer, Photographer, Philosopher, Whale & Dolphin

    cute, little poi dog named luluAsk someone in Hawaii, “What kind of dog is that?” and they’re likely to say, “Oh, I don’t know. A poi dog.” Poi dog. Also known as “mixed breed.” Or, better yet, mutt. (I like how “mutt” doubles the “t” at the end of the word, a hint at the definition—a dog with an ancestry of more than one breed.) This column—Poi Dog Blog—as I’ve decided to call it, is simply a mash-up of articles I like from the Internet, all about Hawaii and written by a variety of authors. This edition shares stories on herding cattle, a Hawaii vanilla farm, whether Hawaii is "worth it," an amazing photographer and equally amazing tale of inter-species play between a whale and a dolphin.

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  • Free Calendar Wallpaper for Your Computer Desktop

    Outrigger January 2012 Wallpaper

    Just in time for the new year: Downloadable desktop calendars. FREE.

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  • Forget the Movie. Pass the (Hurricane) Popcorn.

    The Descendants movie ticket and hurricane popcornI finally saw The Descendants, the movie starring George Clooney that’s receiving Oscar buzz. The Descendants was filmed in Hawaii. The book was penned by a Hawaii author with a storyline that could only have taken place in Hawaii. Yet, it’s still not playing on Kauai, where I live, and won’t for another week. What’s up with that? Thankfully, it is playing on Oahu and has been since the movie’s nationwide premier on November 23, and that’s where I saw it.

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  • Doris Duke's Hawaii Home

    Destination: Oahu

    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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  • Friday Photo: Humuula Sheep Station

    Destination: Hawaii Island

    This is a window at the Humuula Sheep Station on the slopes of Mauna Kea. As you might guess from the broken glass and weathered wood, the sheep station is no longer in use.

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  • Kauai Adventure Day: South Shore

    Destination: Kauai

    mahaulepu kauai coastlineIt was dark until 6:41 a.m. at 22 degrees northern latitude--Kauai--when the sun finally shook off the night and rounded our side of the earth. Rain fell. Trade winds stood at attention. One dog didn’t want to get her feet wet, and so I had to drag her, back legs stiff as 2x4s, outside for the morning walk. Then, the emails started. “Anyone have a weather forecast?” “It’s lookin’ pretty stormy down this way.” “It’s definitely Kona weather, no wind here.” “Should we cancel or just go?” “Let’s forget bikes and just go. Looks like it’s clearing.”

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  • The Descendants Debuts in Hawaii

    Destination: Oahu

    This past weekend, the Hawaii International Film Festival wrapped with the Hawaii premiere of The Descendants, an adaptation of Kaui Hart Hemmings novel of the same name. It stars the “sexiest man alive,” George Clooney and opens nationwide on November 23rd.

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  • Why I Write

    Destination: Oahu

    I stole this title from Joan Didion who, herself, stole it from George Orwell. These are two decent names to include in any piece on writing, I admit. Today is the National Day on Writing. For the third year in a row, the Senate passed a resolution marking October 20 as a day to recognize writing. This comes at a time when many are lamenting the demise of the written word.

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