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  • The Trail to Kaniakapupu Palace

    Destination: Oahu

    kaniakapupu-palaceLike Kaniakapupu, the summer palace of King Kamehameha III and his wife Queen Kalama, in Nuuanu. It was built in 1845. According to the plaque in front of the crumbling rock wall ruins, the palace—a term to be taken loosely—was a place for parties. The biggest of which took place in 1847 to celebrate Hawaiian Restoration Day.

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  • Waves of Waimea Bay

    Destination: Oahu

    surfers at waimea bay on a big day

    Beyond the always crowded parking lot. Past the sticks of showers circling the public restrooms. Far to the south of the command center that is the lifeguard tower in the center of Waimea Bay is a rock jutting into the ocean at the edge of the beach. It’s more than twice my height and where I wanted to be to photograph the surf rolling into Waimea Bay—surf so big that lifeguards had closed the beach to swimming and alerted beachgoers on a public address system whenever ripples on the water’s surface far on the horizon, made their way to shore, hit the steeply rising land, and pitched into the monster surf for which Waimea is famous. The right-breaking waves off the point at the north end of the bay can grow to 50 feet. That’s no small thing. In fact, that’s the height of a five-story building.

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  • March in Photos

    Destination: Kauai

    My first foray into a trend I’ve just discovered that’s called “urban exploration” unwittingly took place in March when my friend Pam and I photographed Ahukini Pier. That is, the remains of Ahukini Pier, which is now called Ahukini State Recreational Pier. This was once the hub of Kauai’s inter-island shipping commerce--where much of Kauai’s sugar harvest left the island and where passengers came and went. Then, after World War II, Nawiliwili Harbor was constructed and that was pretty much the end of Ahukini Landing.

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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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  • A Shama Thrush Builds A Home in My House

    Destination: Kauai

    rooster with tailThe skies were blue when I retreated to the lanai with my morning tea. At the foot of the stairs, a rooster stretched his head and let out his best crow. A few seconds later, another rooster on the other side of the house responded, and the domino effect made its way down the valley. Other birds were singing, including a Western meadowlark, its black V set on bright yellow breast. A Zebra dove cooed.

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  • The Inspiration of a Master Canoe Shaper

    Destination: Oahu

    kaukahi canoe on display at outrigger waikiki on the beachI spent an afternoon last week in an industrial area a few miles from Honolulu International Airport, past a sand and gravel supplier, a drywall contractor and a cabinet re-facing company, in a setting that made me wonder whether Hawaii Five-0 had filmed here. The place was hot, reeked of migraine-inducing paint fumes, and everything was coated in layers of dust that you could measure in quarter inches, and for Tay Perry, this is his office away from the office. Amidst the sounds of power sanders and paint guns, this is where a lifetime of passion and sweat go into creating Tay’s legacy—shaping canoes.

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  • My Own Personal Chef at Hula Grill Waikiki

    Destination: Oahu

    crispy tofu at hula grill waikikiAs the sun set on Waikiki, the rest of our table, some 20 diners, received their pupu, appetizer,  before Lisa and me. It wasn't that the courteous servers at Hula Grill hadn't tried to place the dish they called "Smoked Big Island Abalone BLT" in front of us. More than one had tried. "No," we said again and again, shaking our heads. "We ordered vegetarian."

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  • The Crazy Chicken Lady

    Destination: Kauai

    rooster with tail

    Today, returning home from the Anahola Post Office, where I learned that after a couple dozen years with the USPS, my buddy Brian retired without telling a soul, I pulled into our driveway and no fewer than six “yard” chickens ran up to greet me. Let’s see, there was Hoppy leading the charge. Blackie. Little Blackie YL. Blondie. Green Legs. And Ham. Did you know chickens can run at speeds of up to nine miles an hour?

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  • Celebrate Pi with Pie

    Destination: Oahu

    trio of desserts at greens and vinesSylvia Thompson opened Greens & Vines in late October 2012 after selling her raw-vegan gourmet-packaged foods under the Licious Dishes label for five years at Oahu farmers markets and a shop at Dole Cannery.

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  • The Amazing Longevity of Laysan Albatrosses

    Destination: Kauai

    albatross chick profileThese Laysan albatross chicks spent 65 days inside a calcium closure before pipping their way to freedom several weeks ago. And, now, if they are able to steer clear of the hooks belonging to long-line fisheries, to evade eager sharks swimming below the surface of the ocean and, more devastating, to resist ingesting plastic that can be mistaken for food, these three Laysan albatrosses just may live to be older than I am. In fact, old enough--if they'd been contributing--to collect social security benefits.

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