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  • Kauai and Keystone Are More Alike Than You Think

    I woke up this morning to the sun blazing through my windows, and for a minute, I thought I was wearing a wetsuit. Then, I realized I was in Hawaii, asleep in my own bed on Kauai; and not attending a travel bloggers conference in Keystone, Colorado, where the air is so dry that I drained Keystone Lake to sate my thirst and applied a five-gallon bucket of lotion to my dry skin. 

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  • Hamakua Mushrooms and the Hukilau at Anini Beach

    Destination: Kauai

    High school graduations, summer vacation and a recent holiday weekend all point to summer on Anini Beach, a long thin, thread of sand on Kauai’s North Shore with a white ribbon of breaking surf a hundred yards off-shore where the primarily algae reef, home to a high number of endemic fish and marine organisms, greets incoming waves from as far away as the Bering Sea. Summer means Hawaii’s surf season has swung around to the south shores of the archipelago, the recipient of waves delivered by winter storms in the southern hemisphere. But stiff trade winds draw kite boarders and windsurfers to the usually calm inner lagoon, so there’s still plenty of fun to be had on the water at Anini.

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  • Lychee Means Summer in Hawaii

    The plumeria trees are choke full of blossoms. Red-footed booby eggs are hatching out naked and scrawny chicks. Ticks are springing to life and chasing my two dogs. Gardenia blossoms are raiding the senses through open windows of the house. Ceilings fans are whirring. And lychee are popping up everywhere, their soft fruit encased in a thick skin.

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  • Q & A with Vegan Chef Mark Reinfeld

    Destination: Maui

    vegan chef mark reinfeldAfter participating in a vegan cooking workshop on Maui last December, I seem to be a new woman--the kind who cooks. Now, don’t think that means I spend all day, every day in the kitchen. I still find myself sitting at my desk writing as the sun sets behind the Kalalea, the mountain across the street. Many evenings, I return from a trek checking on Laysan albatrosses to find my husband has prepared a meal. My transformation—and it is that—is due to another man: Mark Reinfeld.

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  • My February in Photos

    Destination: Kauai

    Napali Coast, Kauai, HawaiiThe truism, “It is sunny somewhere on the island” flat out isn’t true today. It wasn’t yesterday. Or the day before. Antsy, I headed to Small Town Coffee for a respite from the confines my own home. I sat at the retro kitchen table. Small Town Coffee relocated since I last wrote about it, but Anni made sure to pack up and move the chrome and Formica-topped table and chairs that make me think of June Cleaver’s kitchen in Leave it to Beaver. My plan was to write. And, I did. Just not what I expected. Instead of reflecting on my February experiences and adventures—you can watch my slide show above for that—I found myself eavesdropping on the conversations around me.

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