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  • Hokulea: Raising Islands and Stories out of the Sea

    Destination: Kauai

    Hokulea in Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii. Photo by Kim Steutermann RogersThere are some writing assignments that are just too big to tackle. It’s little like that giant Hula Pie served at Duke’s Canoe Club. Where do you plunge the first spoonful? Do I go for the whipped cream? The macadamia nut ice cream? What about chocolate cookie crust? And one person cannot be expected to complete the whole thing before it melts, no matter how ravenous. At least, I can’t, and I’ve tried. That’s how I feel when I think about writing about Hokulea.

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  • A Story of Hula

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    story of hula video title screenSince moving to Hawaii nearly 14 years ago and getting to know hula a little more as each month tears off the calendar, I am starting to entertain the idea of joining a halau (troupe). I think what gets me is the sacredness that hula practitioners exhibit in their skill. As they extend their arms and reach their hands my way, I feel inexplicably drawn to their story. In a way, it's like I'm being hypnotized. Or I'm falling down a rabbit hole and entering another realm.

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  • Ansel Adams in Hawaii: Who Knew?

    Destination: Oahu

    ansel adams islands of hawaii sitting on table in libraryAnsel Adams visited Hawaii several times in the 1950s on a commercial assignment from Bishop National Bank of Hawaii, now First Hawaiian Bank. Who knew? Not me, at least. From now through mid-January, a selection of his Hawaii photographs are on display alongside the paintings of his friend Georgia O'Keeffee. She visited Hawaii in 1939.

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  • Behind the Scenes with Na Pali Trio

    Destination: Oahu

    na pali trio performs at kani ka pila grilleI flew into Honolulu yesterday to listen to Na Pali Trio play at Kani Ka Pila Grille. The band won the recent Hawaiian music talent contest sponsored by Outrigger Reef on the Beach. Their award: a paid gig at Kani Ka Pila Grille for Thursdays through September.

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  • The Magnetism of Napali Coast

    Destination: Kauai

    nualolo valley wide shot of reefOn this trip, I was headed to Nualolo Kai, the mid-way point, a valley marked by a giant X in the cliff face backing it—and bordered on one end by Alapii Point. The plan was for Anthony to drop me off and continue on his way with the other eight or 10 passengers to the lush side. They would dip in and out of a half-dozen sea caves, cruise through a waterfall or two, hear Anthony share the history and legends of the place and utter the words—beautiful, gorgeous, spectacular.

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