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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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  • Seeing A Forest of Trees on Waihou Spring Trail

    Destination: Maui

    tree on waihou spring trailLast week, I was on Maui, expecting to drive up, up, up the windy, twisty road that leads to the summit of Haleakala. I was thinking I might even roust myself out of bed before sunrise to do it, because in the 25 years of visiting and living in Hawaii, I have yet to watch the sun emerge over Maui’s tallest mountain.

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  • September in Photos

    ansel adams islands of hawaii sitting on table in libraryThe Kapaa Public Library on Kauai’s East Side is made of concrete block walls and a tin roof. It’s comprised of one L-shaped room the size of a basketball court divided into areas using bookshelves as walls. The building itself may not be as inspiring as my childhood one, but I still love the Kapaa Public Library. 

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  • My Friend Connie Hale Writes about Her Love Affair with Hawaii's Many Tongues

    author photo of constance A few years ago, I met a fellow writer, Constance Hale, at a press function, events I usually shy away from, because I’m much more comfortable meeting people on a hiking trail or at a local coffee shop than in more formal settings.

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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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