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  • Sam Choy's Kai Lanai: A Restaurant with Expansive Views of the Kona Coast

    Destination: Hawaii Island

    poke salad at sam choy's kai lanai on big islandYou know Sam Choy for his TV show. There’s also his many cookbooks. A frozen food line. A few restaurants--some long gone--and, of course, his crafty hand in creating Hawaii Regional Cuisine. If there is such a thing as a celebrity chef in Hawaii, it’s Sam. He’s won the James Beard Foundation Best Pacific Regional Chef Award. He’s friends with Chef Emeril. Sam is a big man with a big smile and big love of food. And, now, he has a new restaurant on Hawaii (Big) Island with expansive views of the Kona Coast.

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  • TSA Took My Salty Donkey Balls

    Destination: Hawaii Island

    package of donkey balls from hawaii islandAnother TSA agent inspecting some other bag leaned over, looked at the plastic bag in Clark’s hand and nodded. “Donkey balls,” she said with a knowing tone. I smiled, embarrassed—but only slightly. “Those are for my husband,” I said.

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  • Sharks, Shrimp & Pie

    Destination: Oahu

    snorkeler in water at shark's cove on oahuI convinced my co-worker Andrea to kick off a couple hours early and take me to one of her favorite snorkeling beaches—Shark’s Cove, a few miles past Waimea Bay on Oahu’s North Shore. She seemed gung ho, but when I upped the offer with dinner at a nationally-recognized shrimp truck, she was all in, as they say.

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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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