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  • From the Archives: The Tavern at Princeville by Roy Yamaguchi

    Destination: Kauai

    roy's hawaiian fusion cuisine gift card in grassMy husband and I are on vacation this week, celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. Three years ago, on October 22, we celebrated at a new restaurant on Kauai. During our 25 years of marriage, I've watched other friends marry, as well. Some stay married. Others do not--even those I thought were made for each other. The same can be said for restaurants on Kauai: Some come; some go. But not The Tavern at Princeville by Roy Yamaguchi. Its menu items may have changed since we visited in 2010 but the place is still doing well, based on its Yelp reviews.

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  • Maui "Sides" Trip Report

    Destination: Maui

    One of my rules of travel is to never eat at a place where I can eat at home. So, last week, I found myself at Home Maid Bakery within 15 minutes of landing at OGG—Kahului Airport on Maui. I’ve found some favorite eateries throughout my years of traveling the Hawaiian Islands. Here’s a list of those haunts I managed to frequent on Maui last week.

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  • The Amazing Sweet-Tooth-Satisfying Goodness of Breadfruit Pie--without the Sugar High

    Destination: Maui

    lilikoi breadfruit pie by pono piesI met John Cadman at the Breadfruit Festival on Kauai in early September. He was wearing a vintage aloha shirt, rubber slippahs, and a recently-woven lau hala hat to keep the sun off his pale face. “In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a little haole,” he said, using the common word in Hawaii for “white person.” “And here I was introducing breadfruit to Hawaiians at Kamehameha Schools.”

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  • It's All about the Birds and the Beer at Maui Brewing Co.

    Destination: Maui

    We’re sitting at a community table at Maui Brewing Company on a Friday evening. The restaurant is full with people flowing out the front door, jockeying to add their names to a waitlist. The crowd surprises me. The Kahana Gateway Center is a mild-mannered shopping center at the northwestern end of Honoapiilani Highway in West Maui—beyond the scene of Lahaina, beyond the energy of Kaanapali.

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  • Maui's Great Banana Bread Taste-Off

    Destination: Maui

    heart-shaped rock at maui blowholeOne of the first rules of travel writing is if everything goes swimmingly on a trip, you’re dead in the water. So, how do you make a story about the most benign topic--banana bread--interesting? I mean, what can go wrong with banana bread?

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