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  • Is There Such a Thing as the Perfect Day in Paradise?

    Destination: Kauai

    hawaiian monk seal pup nuzzles with momWhen you live in Hawaii, people don’t want to hear you complain about the weather. “Oh, cry me a river,” they say, or run a hand back and forth over a bent arm and mime playing a violin. On the flip side, when you live in Hawaii, people also don’t want to hear you talk about how spectacular the weather is. But that’s just what I’m going to do today. Because sometimes the weather report on my iPhone doesn’t come anywhere near communicating the exact nature of “Eighty degrees and sunny.”

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  • Readying to Kayak Napali Coast

    Destination: Kauai

    Napali Coast, Kauai, HawaiiOne month from today, I will spend five days kayak-camping along Napali Coast. That means, I have 30 days to get in shape. The trek will involve kayaking 17 miles along the majestic Napali Coast, one of Hawaii's most scenic vistas. We will explore sea caves and dip into waterfalls. We will gawk at the line-up of cliffs that gives this coastline its name--Napali translates to English as "the cliffs." One month from today, I will spend five days kayak-camping along Napali Coast, and that means, I have 30 days to get in shape.

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  • Oahu Beach Infographic

    Destination: Oahu

    hanauma bay, oahuIt's here. When the first big south swell arrived this week, we got our first hint: Summer has arrived.

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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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  • Why I Don't Write Best Beach Lists

    Destination: Kauai

    molokai beach at sunsetTo help you create the perfect beach experience, we’ve created an infographic for four of Hawaii’s islands—Oahu; Maui; Hawaii, the Big Island; and—below—Kauai.

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  • April in Photos

    surfers at waimea bay on a big dayMake vs. take. When I first got into photography with a Kodak Pocket Instamatic 110-format camera--about the size and shape of a TV remote--I was most definitely taking pictures. Apart from choosing when to turn on the flash, all I did was point and shoot.

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  • My Earth Day Celebration

    Destination: Kauai

    Laysan albatross adult flying into sceneHawaii is nature and nature is Hawaii. You've got your turquoise blue ocean with beaches of black, green and red sand. You've got your green mountains striated with hiking trails. Your rivers and streams ripe for kayaking explorations. Waterfalls. Botanical gardens. Nature preserves, wildlife refuges and national parks. With so many choices in which to spend Earth Day, how was it that on Monday, April 22, I found myself sitting in an air conditioned office building with fluorescent lights making my eyes burn?

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  • Chinatown: More than Just Chicken Feet

    Destination: Oahu

    brick facade in chinatown in downtown honoluluMost people come to Chinatown looking for dim sum, noodle houses, flowers, fruit, bootleg trinkets and your more unusual ingredients for Asian recipes. Chicken feet anyone? On the first Friday of every month, there’s also Art Night—with street food, performance artists, Taiko drumming, and art gallery showings. But I found myself in Chinatown on an architectural tour.

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  • Keepers of the Light, Land and Life: A Look at Kilauea Point over 100 Years

    Destination: Kauai

    cover of keepers of the light, land and life, written by kim steutermann rogersAs a volunteer at Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge on the north shore of Kauai for many years, my interest and body of knowledge tended toward the wildlife—that is, the science of biology and living things, like monitoring Laysan albatrosses, banding red-tailed tropicbirds and studying visiting humpback whales. I noticed and appreciated the big, white tower in the middle of Kīlauea Point with its priceless “crown jewel” sitting on top, but I left the intricate details of the second-order Fresnel lens and its mysterious inner workings to people more interested in engineering and that kind of science. Then, I was asked to write a book in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Kīlauea Lighthouse this May 1, 2013, and in doing so, I learned a whole host of cool, new facts.

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  • Talk Story with Maui Author Toby Neal

    maui author toby nealWhen feisty Detective Leilani Texeira--with unruly hair; a runner’s, lean body; and a penchant for going rogue--winds up in a cave that requires a stretch of underwater swimming to access, I suspected author Toby Neal had lived on The Garden Island at one time. She knew the hidden folds and nuances of Kauai just a little too well.

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