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  • The Story of a Hawaiian Love Triangle

    Destination: Kauai

    A haiku penned by Tori Rice and posted to the OutriggerHawaii.com Facebook page reminded me about one of Hawaii's most famous stories--that of Pele, her lover Lohiau and her favorite sister Hiiaka. The haiku? It reads: Maui honeymoon/Intertwine in paradise/Why is your ex here?

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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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  • Gone to Kalalau: Practicing the Art of Doing Nothing.

    Destination: Kauai

    view of kalalau cathedrals and waterfallsKauai is known as The Garden Island. It's quiet. It's casual. It's rural with lots of green spaces between small, one-time plantation towns. And it makes Kalalau seem like Grand Central Station. If Kauai's surf town of Hanalei is too laid-back for you, you won't like Kalalau. Not one bit.

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  • Kayaking Napali Coast: Breath-Taking and Breath-Giving

    Destination: Kauai

    kayaking napali coast"Stay to the right of the monster," my friend Susan said from another kayak, as my husband and I paddled toward Polihale Beach from the north. From our two-person kayak, I could see a series of waves falling like dominoes onto the shore of the longest and westernmost beach on Kauai.

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  • From Old Ladies to Surfer Chicks: Learning to Surf at Hanalei

    Destination: Kauai

    the surfing gredgets waiting for wavesThere we were four women who had all reached the point in our lives when we could check AARP off the list of invitations we’d received in the mail—and we were lying face down in the sands of Hanalei Beach on Kauai’s North Shore.  It was a slightly overcast summer day that as it wore on, drew people outside like Hawaiian cleaner wrasse to algae-wearing turtles. While they adjusted beach chairs and applied sunscreen, we stared down a surf break known as “Grandpa’s.” Grandpa’s, as in, people young and old could surf this wave. Grandpa’s, as in a beginner’s wave. The bunny slope of surfing.

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  • One Musical Note. Two Monk Seals. And Me.

    Destination: Oahu

    nathan aweau performs at waikiki aquariumOne note. That’s all it took for singer-songwriter John Cruz to yank me from my seemingly pressing need to “Instagram” the photograph I’d just snapped of him. One note. That’s all it took for John Cruz to nullify the possible negative repercussions of the rain sprinkling over the crowd on the lawn at the Waikiki Aquarium yesterday evening during the opening night of the summer concert series known as Ke Kani O Ke Kai. One note. That’s all it took for John Cruz to cleave my soul and root me in the present moment. One note. And if I wasn’t careful, I’d miss my plane, the last flight of the day from Honolulu to Lihue, Kauai.

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  • It's Kamehameha Day. That's Right.

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    The great King Kamehameha statue in front of Aliiolani Hale in HonoluluKamehameha was no legend--he was a living, breathing man, who was born in 1758 and died in 1819. But he was legendary--with stories of standing seven feet tall and lifting a 5,000-pound rock (on display outside the Hilo Public Library) to fulfill a prophesy that said whoever lifted it would go on to conquer the Hawaiian Islands. Kamehameha did, establishing the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1810.

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  • May in Photos

    Destination: Kauai

    monk seal pup and mom touch nosesThis month's review of images made me realize something: The only time I held my Canon DSLR in my hands was to take pictures of Kauai's newest Hawaiian monk seal pup and his mother. And what an experience that was. The first of these images was taken when the pup was less than 24 hours. The last when he was three weeks.

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  • Why I Write Travel Stories. With an Emphasis on Story.

    There's a reason travel stories have been around for generations. No, make that, centuries. Before Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love. Before Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods. There was Twain's The Innocents Abroad. And before that the Journals of Lewis & Clark. Across the pond, the list includes Robinson Crusoe, Around the World in 80 Days and continues back in time to The Travels of Marco Polo, written in the 13th century. Travel narratives persist, because stories are encoded in our culture, in our DNA. We will always tell stories, whether it be in a printed book, in 140 characters on Twitter, or as a blog post.

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  • Mothers of Nature

    Destination: Kauai

    monk seal pup and mom touch nosesWhen I arrived at the beach today, the two-week-old monk seal pup was wiggling around its mother's snoozing head at the waterline. Within minutes, it, too, settled in for a nap, as the incoming tide cooled the lower halves of their bodies.

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