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  • Cleaning Up Kauai: A Good Way to Enjoy Your Vacation

    Destination: Kauai

    My loyal blog followers know that when it comes to beach trash and marine debris, I tend to climb to the top rung of my soapbox and shout, loudly.  The Ocean Conservancy just released this video recapping the annual “Coastal Clean-up” that they sponsor every fall.  Watch it.  For me, please.  It’s only a minute-and-a-half long.  Then, pass it on.  Send an email link, share it on your Facebook page, rate it, and Digg it.

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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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  • Hawaiian Monk Seals, the Spirit of Service and a New President

    Destination: Kauai

    The cheers on the Mall had just hushed over my television when the phone rang.  It was still early in the morning in Hawaii, and President Obama had already completed his inauguration speech.  I expected to hear my best friend, calling from Kansas, another state with ties to the new president, and I was ready to quote from the president’s speech.  Our patchwork heritage is a strength.  Quiet force of progress.  New era of responsibility.  A man whose father less than 60 years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.

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