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  • 2010 Year in Pictures

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    In 2010, I traveled around the main Hawaiian Islands, exploring Oahu, Maui, Big Island and, of course, the island on which I live--Kauai.  I always pack one of my various cameras when I travel, either my handy iPhone, portable Canon G9 or my SLR, a Canon 20D with a variety of lenses, including a fun and funky Lensbaby, walk-around 17-85mm, and a super-telephoto Tokina 75-400mm.  I take way more pictures than I ever post on this blog.  Here, in a review of 2010 in pictures, are many of those images that, for one reason or another, were never published.  Enjoy.

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  • A River of Lava on Big Island

    Destination: Hawaii Island

    kilauea volcano lava flows into sea on big islandIn doing some research on ghost stories and Pele in Hawaii (they go hand in hand, many say), I ran across this October 28, 2010 video of a river of lava flowing to the sea on Big Island. It could be said the video is better than seeing it live, because you won't get this close to the lava yourself--trained scientists took this video--and not that you'd want to, quite frankly.

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  • The Hawaii Farmers Market Cookbook

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    Ono Organic Farms dragon fruit on MauiFrom Watermark Publishing, The Farmers Market Cookbook is chock full of recipes and ideas of what to do with those interesting fruits and vegetables you find at farmers markets across Hawaii.  The beauty of this book is that it isn’t meant to sit in the kitchen. It makes a handy companion to tuck into your reusable bag that you carry for stashing all your Hawaii farmers market finds.

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  • Hiking Diamond Head Here's How

    Destination: Oahu

    hiking diamond head, oahu, close up of legsWhen I think of hiking, I think of trees and hills and the great outdoors.  I think of national parks and wildlife and long drives. I don't think of concrete stairs, tunnels and hand rails.  And, yet, I always descend Diamond Head with a smile on my face.

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  • Hawaii Added to UNECSO World Heritage List

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    Noting its significant natural and cultural values, this past summer, on July 30, 2010, UNESCO’s World Heritage Organization inscribed Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument to its World Heritage List. The Monument, also known as the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, is a 140,000-square-mile-swath of ocean and islands running from Nihoa at the southern end to Kure Atoll at the north. In 2006, it was proclaimed a U.S. National Marine Monument by presidential order and is the largest marine protected area in the United States and nearly the world.

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  • Rogue Wave of Laughter Hits Waikiki

    Destination: Oahu

    The Society of Seven got their start in 1969. You would have probably called them a variety act then. Their success led to a regular gig in Las Vegas. Before they left for the mainland—almost 10 years ago—they trained a troupe to carry on in Waikiki. Through September 20, the Vegas version is home, performing at the showroom at Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach.

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  • Adventure Napali and Beyond to Niihau

    Destination: Kauai

    Napali Coast, Kauai, HawaiiEarlier this summer, we asked our Facebook fans to share their favorite Hawaii adventures.  Far and away, the number one favorite adventure in Hawaii takes place on the ocean.  At least, for our Facebook fans.  Of all the water related activities mentioned, experiencing Kauai's Napali Coastline ranked right at the top.

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  • Hot Dogs in Hawaii

    Destination: Kauai

    woman eating puka dog in hawaiiNow, Hawaii is quite a distance from Chicago. And, when it comes to food, Hawaii is known for items that never passed my lips when I was growing up in the Midwest. Shoots, most I had never heard of before vacationing in Hawaii. Like saimin. Manapua. Poke. Lomilomi salmon. Poi.  But even Hawaii has its hot dogs.

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  • Sweet Treats in Hawaii

    Destination: Kauai

    You've probably noticed it in your community.  Farmers markets are popping up everywhere.  Boxes of produce from CSAs are appearing on the doorsteps of residential homes in your neigborhood.  Instead of lemonade, kids are putting up roadside stands for fruits and vegetables with a box and a slot for your coins and bills.  It's the same in Hawaii.

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  • Koloa Sugar Produces Sweet Memories

    Destination: Kauai

    Some of my favorite childhood memories include sitting at my grandpa’s feet with my brothers and cousins while the storyteller of our family shared tales of his own childhood. My grandfather’s stories of growing up in the country on the outskirts of St. Louis, Missouri, always fascinated me. Sitting outside the Koloa Mill last week while Earl Smith and Stella Burgess talked about life on the sugar plantation, I felt like time had reeled back forty years, and I was sitting at my grandfather’s knee.

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