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  • Guest Blogger Keryn Means: Redefining Family Travel in Hawaii

    Destination: Kauai

    toddler swimming under water by keryn meansThe clear blue water lapped over my feet as I sat in my beach chair just off-shore. The mountains towered behind me and a palm tree lent a little shade. From this vantage, I could see my toddler in his goggles diving under water again and again, smitten by the fish. I watched as my husband threw our little guy into the air and heard his squeals of glee. This was why we had come to Kauai—for uninterrupted family time. As I thought about how much we all were benefiting in this break from the norm, my aunt walked over and plopped down in a chair next to me. She smiled, and her lips said it all. This was paradise, and we were living it together.

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  • Surviving Flossie and Waikiki Tip Sheet #1

    night photograph of diamond head photo credit kim steutermann rogersBut Flossie didn’t materialize in the way weather forecasters had predicted. The tropical storm was downgraded to a tropical depression as it made its way across the Hawaiian Island chain, starting with Hawaii Island and moving northwest. By the time it arrived in Kauai this morning, the local paper had already printed its front page headline, “Flossie Fizzles.”

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  • What I Have Discovered about Hawaii, Life and Me in 500 Blog Posts

    kim steutermann rogers behind the cameraThis blog post marks the 500th such one I’ve written (or edited) on behalf of Outrigger Hotels & Resorts. It’s as good a reason as any to reflect on the past five years. And so, in no particular order and no rhyme or reason, here is my list of what I’ve discovered about Hawaii, life and me in 500 blog posts.

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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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