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  • Java Kai Hanalei

    Destination: Kauai

    Java Kai Hanalei signI am standing line at Java Kai Hanalei. A sign behind the counter reads, “Unattended children will be given an espresso and a free puppy,” and I hope the free puppy this coffee shop on Kauai is handing out today isn’t my dog Lulu. There’s always a line out the front door of Java Kai, a converted plantation house in the place many like to call the “sleepy surfer town of Hanalei.” Sometimes the line goes out the door and down the two steps into the grass. I arrive, intending to grab a cup of tea and sit at one of the picnic tables on the lawn and write—with my black-and-white heeler mix at my side.

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  • No More Shark's Fin Soup

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    Scratch shark’s fin soup off the menu. It was bound to happen. Either the restaurants would run out of shark fins themselves, because certain shark species are near extinction. Or our society would wake up and say, “No more.” The latter happened. A year ago, then Governor Linda Lingle signed a bill into law that made the possession, sale, trade or distribution of sharks and shark parts—that is, fins—illegal.

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  • Kapaa's Small Town Coffee

    Destination: Kauai

    Small Town Coffee in Kapaa, Kauai, HawaiiWhen Anni opened Small Town Coffee five years ago, the free WiFi was a big deal. Now, WiFi’s not the only thing Small Town Coffee has going for it. The coffee must be pretty good. According to her website, Sunset magazine thinks her lattes could be the best in the world. A barista behind the counter pumps out iced and hot coffee drinks—from the aforementioned lattes to mochas, cappuccinos, macchiatos and Americanos to espresso and regular, old-school brewed coffee.

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  • Coconuts and Composting

    Destination: Kauai

    At 10:50, sitting in traffic in Kapaa, I knew I'd gotten the timing all wrong. I had ten minutes to go from the north end of Kapaa on Kauai to the Kauai Resource Center on Ahukini Road, near the airport. On a typical day, this would be tight. Today, with the by-pass road that skirts downtown Kapaa and relieves the area of traffic closed for repairs, I would be late. No doubt about it. I do not like being late.

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  • Earth Day 2011

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    Underwater photograph of reef fish courtesty of NOAAToday is Earth Day. This weekend, as usual, thousands of people will head to the beaches around the Hawaiian Islands. Mahaulepu on Kauai. Haleiwa Beach Park on Oahu. Kaanapali on Maui. Kahaluu Beach Park on Big Island. Most will walk the shoreline or wade into the water. Many will slip snorkel masks over their faces to explore life under the lip of the ocean’s surface. Some will kayak, canoe, surf or sail. A few will participate in the many beach clean up days scheduled to coincide with Earth Day.

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