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  • The People You Meet on Planes

    boarding pass to honolulu, hawaiiLast week, en route to Oahu on Hawaiian Airlines, I sat in the window seat on the “three side.” That meant two others blocked my route to the aisle. They turned out to be husband and wife, born and raised on Kauai, high school sweethearts and married for 27 years. He had recently lost 50 pounds, and they were heading to Sacramento for their son’s college graduation, a son whose future concerned them, because he was a bit of an introvert and, well, a “gamer.”

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  • How I Learned to Meditate

    Destination: Kauai

    sunset from nualolo kaiWe all know Hawaii excites the senses. Travel writers galore have written about the comforting blanket of warmth that envelopes a body after stepping off a trans-Pacific flight. Even though they are only starting to blossom this spring, we can all pull the heady scent of gardenia from our memory bank and imagine the tapestry of bougainvillea draping a hillside. And the ocean. Her sounds run the scales, from kissing our toes in a frothy shoreline to droning her engine in a hard-pounding northwest winter swell.

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  • My Big Birthday Weekend

    I discovered just how easy it is to travel to and from the West Coast these days. We didn’t have to take a red-eye out of Lihue and lose precious sleep, requiring a couple days recovery. Not only that but we booked very affordable flights through Hawaiian Air, making a long weekend to/from Hawaii a very real possibility.

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  • Resolve to Fall in Love with the World

    swirling clouds over kalalea mountainThis is the time of year when some of us make resolutions. Take the dogs for more walks on the beach. Stop noshing on malasadas for lunch. Start meditating. Read the classics. What we're talking about here is some kind of behavior change.

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  • 2012 in the Rearview Mirror

    reflection of hula dancers in waterOne of my favorite photographs from the year resulted from a sunset photo shoot at the beach, and no, the image is not of a setting sun over the ocean. (Although there is one of those, too.) No, I’m thinking of the picture that I took when I turned my back on the sun. What I discovered was the beautiful evening light embracing three hula practitioners who were dancing along the waterline, their reflections shimmering in the retreating surf.


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  • Does Writing Matter in a Travel Blog?

    A woman took her place behind the podium and said the most profound words of the entire TBEX conference, ones I hadn’t heard anyone say before or after the three-day event. At least, they were the most profound to me, because she was singing my personal travel writer’s song. The most important element to a great travel blog, she said, is a great travel story.

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  • What to Pack for Hawaii

    Destination: Kauai

    I remember my first Hawaii discovery. I was 25, young and in love, visiting Kauai for the first time on my honeymoon. I thought I had everything in the world. A husband. A Hawaiian vacation. A suitcase with all the necessities--bikini, a hot sundress and strappy sandals in the suitcase.

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  • Picture Your Perfect Hawaii

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    kilauea volcano lava flows into sea on big islandWhat's your picture-perfect Hawaii getaway? I get asked all the time something like, "What are your favorite things to do in Hawaii?" Or, "I'm coming to Kauai; what shouldn't I miss?" Sometimes it's my friends who ask. Sometimes it's friends who ask for their friends. Sometimes, it's even my co-workers who know I write a blog and edit a website that shares all that information. But, still, they have to ask. In honor of Outrigger's Picture Your Perfect Hawaii sweepstakes, I am revealing my list here.

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  • What to Remember to Pack

    What I remembered to pack: iPhone, Blackberry, Canon G9 camera, Canon T2i camera, 17-55mm IS, lens, 70-300mm IS telephoto, Laptop, Travel-size mouse, Thumb drive, Air card, Charger for laptop, Charger for iPhone, Charger for Blackberry, Card reader, Battery charger for Canon G9, Battery charger for Canon T2i, Business cards.

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  • Hawaii Island's Best Beach for Snorkeling

    Destination: Hawaii Island

    snorkelers at kahaluu bay on big islandWhen I arrived at Hawaii Island’s number one snorkeling beach last week, the tide was low, revealing bright green seaweed growing on rocks. Exactly 77 beach-goers were out--reclining on beach towels, wading in the water, swimming and snorkeling. A dozen more sat at the picnic tables under the pavilion. Sean, a one-time public defender from California, manned the lifeguard tower, and two retired school teachers, Ken and Regan, set up shop for ReefTeach.

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