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  • The Magical, Mystical World of the Alakai Swamp

    Destination: Kauai

    red lehua blossomLast week, I headed to Kokee State Park on Kauai to do some hiking on the Alakai Swamp Trail at about 4,000-foot elevation. (This in order to train for my backpacking trip this Labor Day weekend through Haleakala National Park, at elevations starting at 9,740 feet.)

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  • Guest Blogger: Malia Yoshioka's Marathon Training Secret

    Destination: Oahu

    malia yoshioka eating shave ice"While it's nice to think we live in our own endless summer, it's good to have a little variety once in a while. I tend to enjoy the subtle shift of the seasons. Fall is bittersweet in Hawaii. Although our leaves stay evergreen, the arrival of Fall means no more lychee and mangoes on the trees, slightly cooler temperatures, rain showers (and rainbows), and the beginning of another season: Honolulu Marathon training season." Guest blogger Malia Yoshioka shares her secret for sticking to her marathon training. Here's a hint: It has to do with food! 

     

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  • Music on the Mountain

    Destination: Oahu

    arrow on kuliouou ridge trailIt was only when the faint drone of a plane’s engines tapped the edges of my serenity that I realized how quiet this trail was. Just 10 miles and 20 minutes from the heart of Waikiki, Kuliouou Ridge Trail starts at the dead-end of a suburban road in Hawaii Kai. Within a half-mile on the rocky, tree-lined and switch-backing trail, I’d left the one-way streets, stoplights and pedestrian crosswalks behind. Far behind.

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  • Guest Blogger: Keryn Means Satisfies Her Pregnancy Cravings

    Destination: Hawaii Island

    keryn means with camera"Normally, when we visit Hawaii, beaches are the first things we research. Not this trip. The number of dog-eared food pages in my guidebook was higher than my sunscreen SPF rating. Such is the life of a pregnant woman on vacation." Guest blogger Keryn Means shares her cravings from Hawaii (Big) Island.

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  • A Garden Basket of Farm Stories

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    Bags of lettuce greens at Hawaii's farmers markets.A couple weeks ago, I toured Kahuku Farms on Oahu’s North Shore. While I was on Oahu, I also noshed my way through Kapiolani Community College’s Farmers’ Market on a Saturday morning, eating a spiral of sweet potatoes and taro on a stick. (Not deep-fat, batter-fried!)

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  • July in Photos

    hawaiian vanilla pupuI'm too busy to post this. Let's see, I have an article to write about my Kuliouou hike last week on Oahu. I have a hike to make this evening up in Kokee--trying to get in some elevation training. I have articles to write about touring Kahuku Farms and Otsuji Farms on Oahu. And one about eating lunch on a vanilla farm on Big--I mean, Hawaii--Island. As you might surmise, we have a suite of stories (and a video) coming on growing and eating sustainably in Hawaii.

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  • Love, Loss and What I Wore in Hawaii

    Destination: Oahu

    manoa valley theater ticketI don’t have any sisters. But I find it perfectly fitting that I attended an Off-Broadway play at Manoa Valley Theater last week entitled, “Love, Loss and What I Wore.” I went with two friends—women. And the play was written by sisters Nora and Delia Ephron.

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  • Hiking Sleeping Giant. Training for Haleakala. And Michael Phelps.

    Destination: Kauai, Maui

    Hikers on Sleeping Giant trail, KauaiI hiked Sleeping Giant behind Kapaa last week. I’m headed to Oahu this week and hoping to squeeze in a hike. Didn't you just hike Kalalau Trail, you may be asking. What's up with all the hiking? I am actually training. But not for a sporting event. Hiking hasn't made it to the Olympics yet. (Neither has surfing, although some think it deserves a spot among the rings.)

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  • A Chat with Hawaiian Fire Surf School's John Pregil

    Destination: Oahu

    hawaiian fire surfing school students surf tandemMeet John Pregil, co-owner of Hawaiian Fire Surf School. He’s an interesting blend of laid-back and charge ‘em and a reminder that not all surfers are slackers. And firefighters are not just brawn. John and I met over the Internet via email. I sipped a cuppa Hawaiian Vanilla black tea. And he? Well, he might have been enjoying a cold one after a major surf session off Magic Island. Read on. You’ll see what I mean.

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  • Photo Friday: A Rainbow of Hibiscus Colors

    close-up of hibiscus blossom in rainbow of colorsI posted this image to Facebook and, so far, 758 people have liked it, 152 have shared it, and 53 people have commented on it. So, I figured I'd post it here, too, as a little blossom of happiness leading into the weekend.

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