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  • Girlfriend Getaway in Hawaii #2

    Destination: Kauai

    Sleeping Giant. Like any name or word in Hawai’i, this mountain which rests behind the town of Kapa’a has many stories, the most common about a giant named Nunui who helped a community build a temple, hauling rocks from the west side of the island. In return for his efforts, the villagers served up a feast fit for a giant, including this giant’s favorite food—bananas.

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  • Hawaii's Migratory Birds

    Destination: Kauai

    Wedge-tailed shearwaters are migratory. Just like the Pacific Golden Plover that arrived in my yard today from the Arctic—it will stay until April or May. Just like the Laysan albatross. Just like Lee Sass.  You know Lee Sass. He served as my mentor at Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, answering my myriad of questions about the seabirds--and, let me tell you, I can ask an annoying amount of questions. I recounted an incident on this blog last December about a mysterious bird perched on a rock on Moku’ae’ae Island, just north of Kilauea Point. Without looking, Lee predicted the seabird in question was a Great Frigatebird. Even with binoculars, the bird was difficult to identify. A crowd gathered. We debated. Lee stuck with his original guess; the rest of us decided the perched bird was a brown booby. Lee wasn’t convinced.

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  • The Wide Open Nature of Kauai

    Destination: Kauai

    Last Friday marked the grand opening of phase II of Ke Ala Hele Makala’e—the path that hugs the coastline. Now, people can walk, run, or ride their bikes some four miles between Lihi Boat Ramp in central Kapa’a and Ahihi Point in Kealia. Another two-and-a-half miles already meanders through Lydgate Park. Phase III will connect these two and, eventually, that path will run north to Anahola and all the way south to Nawiliwili.

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  • Volunteering on Vacation: A New Way to Travel

    Destination: Maui

    My husband and I went to Maui to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. We planned the usual romantic activities for such an event—a meandering drive on the road to Hana and dinner for two at a romantic restaurant, Pacific’O, practically right on the beach in Lahaina. But we’ve also decided to try something different on this vacation.

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  • East Maui: Windy, Green and Curvy

    Destination: Maui

    Hana is famous.  Actually, it’s the road to Hana that is famous.  For the traveller, driving to Hana gives you bragging rights.  When someone asks, “What did you do today?” and you say, “We drove to Hana,” the response is always one of big eyes and surprise.  “You did?” they ask.  “All the way?” they continue.  “How was it?” they want to know.

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