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  • Top 10 Omiyage (Gifts) from Kauai

    Destination: Kauai, Oahu

    Close up of Love Chance, owner of Indigenous Soap, and her young daughterOmiyage. The practice of gift-giving is an art in Japan. Those roots sprouted easily in the welcoming soil of Hawaiian culture when Japanese immigrants arrived. I've learned not to go anywhere with empty hands. Thankfully, these Hawaiian Islands offer a never-ending supply of gifts unique to Hawaii.

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  • Here's a Big Idea: Go on Vacation.

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    boarding pass to honolulu, hawaiiWhy is it the solution to a problem comes in the shower? Or when I am walking my dogs? And why do the words to an essay start flowing as soon as I slip behind the wheel of my car? Like they did last night when I headed out for dinner at Oasis on the Beach in Kapaa? Apparently, according to psychologist Lile Jia at the Indiana University at Bloomington, for the same reason I can see a much greater expanse of the ocean from “windy point” on Kauai’s Kalalau Trail than from Kee beach a half-mile below. In a word: Distance.

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  • Why Leave Hawaii to Go on Vacation?

    Destination: Kauai

    In spring, Hawaii’s plumeria, gardenia, milo and kukui are blooming. Hawaiian monk seals are pupping. Mangoes are fruiting. Laysan albatross chicks are feathering out. Red-footed booby chicks hatching. There are Nene and Koloa and Black-crowned Night-heron. And chickens. Boisterous chickens. Really boisterous chickens.

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  • What I Forgot to Pack When I Left Hawaii

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    When you live in Hawaii, there are certain items essential to life in Hawaii and no where else.  (Those cheap, plastic, uni-sex flip-flops, for example, that sell for $2.99 at Long's and which we wear to hike, run, walk the dog, attend a luau, go to church and shop, among a million other every day and special events.) On the flip side, when you live in Hawaii, there are certain items necessary to life elsewhere and absolutely meaningless in Hawaii.  (Case in point:  long johns.)

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  • Plans and Travel Don't Always Merge. Even in Hawaii

    Destination: Maui

    It was a simple plan, albeit a tad tight on time if any delays would occur at the airport. But Hawaiian Airlines is the number one airline for on-time arrivals—not in the top three, not number one of major international carriers—so I felt comfortable with my schedule. You know where this is headed, don’t you? You know what they say about making plans, right?

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  • FREE Hawaii Wallpaper

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    Outrigger March 2011 WallpaperWe have mahalo gift—our way of saying thank you. We’re giving away FREE wallpaper images for your desktop or laptop. The sunset image here is one. You find more—with instructions on downloading—here.

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  • Outdoor Showering: A Reason to Travel

    Destination: Kauai

    Showering in the outdoors is standard in Hawaii. Most state and county beach parks provide, at the least, a pipe with some semblance of shower fixture at head level. Others include a concrete pad with three or four showerheads radiating out of the top and the same number of foot showers about 12-inches off the ground.

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  • Celebrate Earth Day on Vacation

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    Happy Earth Day!  Did you know that today is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.  Here are 10 ways to care for our environment even when you’re on vacation.

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  • Nine for 09

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    In the past few days, I've run across numerous year-end lists:  Just about every media outlet has gathered their top 10 news stories of the year, standout athletes of the decade, best books for 2009 and top-selling movies of the year.  In the same spirit, I've compiled "Nine for 09."  This is a list of our--mine and your--favorite blog posts published on "View from Here" since January.

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  • Guest Blogger: How To Socialize Your Vacation

    Destination: Oahu

    Perhaps one of the most enduring vacation sentiments from times past that persists today is "Wish you were here!" It used to be emblazoned on post cards; now it fills email and text messages as well as Facebook pages. With the free tools of the social web though, you can now bring your friends and family along with you as virtual companions.

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