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  • His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Honolulu

    Destination: Oahu

    dalai lama speaks in honolulu to sold out crowdSporting maroon socks inside his Rockport-like shoes and a maroon, neoprene visor atop his shaved head, His Holiness the Dalai Lama entered upstage as singer-songwriter Michael McDonald and Henry Kapono sang, “What the World Needs Now Is Love Sweet Love.” He smiled the smile that the world has come to know and love, and the applause drowned out the former Doobie Brother and Wild Hawaiian.

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  • A Spot of Time on Manoa Cliff Trail

    Destination: Oahu

    red berries grow alongside manoa cliff trailI sat in the cozy Protea Café awaiting a salad--pear and (go light on the) gorgonzola salad after a morning switch-backing Round Top Drive and hiking Manoa Cliff Trail atop Mt. Tantalus just outside Waikiki. It was another inspiring iPhone and Olloclip photography outing—an artist’s date, as Julia Cameron would call it--as well as time for contemplation. It took a mere 15 minutes to get to Mt. Tantalus from Waikiki. But the psychological distance is much greater than that.

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  • The Contemporary Museum. I mean, Spalding House.

    Destination: Oahu

    view of diamond head from spalding houseI am on Oahu, staying at the Outrigger Luana Waikiki, which sits, propitiously, next door to Ft. DeRussy Park, a perfect compliment to the theme of this long weekend trip to Oahu—not the fort part but the park part. As you may know, I believe in trip themes. This trip’s theme is meditation. Or introspection. Maybe contemplation. You get the idea. It’s probably true that I have the Dalai Lama to thank for this. He’s speaking on Sunday at the University of Hawaii’s Stan Sheriff Center.

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  • In Search of My New Hero

    Destination: Oahu

    sea turtle hauling out on beach

    I wasn't in Haleiwa on Oahu's North Shore to surf. I didn't much care whether the surf was breaking at Jockos or not. But I did want to know whether Jocko's mom was around. Surfline couldn't tell me that. I'd have to find out for myself. I first learned of Audrey Sutherland when I read the February/March issue of Hana Hou, Hawaiian Airlines' in-flight magazine. According to the magazine, Audrey Sutherland has paddled an estimated 12,000 thousand miles along some of the world's most epic coastlines. In an inflatable kayak. Solo.

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  • March in Photos

    Destination: Maui, Kauai

    green sea turtle basking on the beachMarch 2012 will be known for its rain. Rain morning, noon and night. Rain in the mountains. Rain at the beach. Rain in town. Rain in the country. Every way you slice it, rain. There were flooding, road closures, rock slides, mud slides and waterfalls I hadn't seen in years. Blessedly, every single one of the Laysan albatross chicks that I monitor survived, even without their parents, who, in March, had started leaving their chicks alone, so they could venture further out to sea and return with great gobs of the regurgitated golden nectar chicks love.

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  • Birding at Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge

    Destination: Maui

    hybrid duck at kealia pond national wildlife refugeEarlier this month, when I was on Maui, my rental car naturally gravitated to a familiar place for me--a national wildlife refuge. Like Kilauea, where I volunteer (on Friday afternoons, stop by some time), this one is dedicated to birds. Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge is located at the south end of the isthmus that runs between East Maui's Kihei and Wailea and West Maui's Lahaina and Kaanapali.

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  • 'Ulalena at Maui Theatre

    Destination: Maui

    I walked into the Maui Theater a couple weeks ago knowing little about ‘Ulalena: A Story of Hawaii’s People. I left knowing this. ‘Ulalena. What it is: A theatrical interpretation of the history of Hawaii from the cultural point of view of the Hawaiians. ‘Ulalena. What it is not: A lu’au experience.

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  • Kapalua Coastal Walk

    Destination: Maui

    I didn’t plan it. Seriously. But I went on a bird walk in West Maui. In my defense, I thought it was a fitness walk. When will I accept that I am a birder? Am I in denial of age? Because, stereotypical or not, I always think of birders as, well, older. Or am I in denial of the feathery cute- and cuddly-ness of birds? I met Ben Auerbach at Kapalua Spa at the decent hour of 9:00 a.m. A couple from Wisconsin, a mother and daughter from Dallas, Texas and another couple from Central California joined us.

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  • Q & A with Vegan Chef Mark Reinfeld

    Destination: Maui

    vegan chef mark reinfeldAfter participating in a vegan cooking workshop on Maui last December, I seem to be a new woman--the kind who cooks. Now, don’t think that means I spend all day, every day in the kitchen. I still find myself sitting at my desk writing as the sun sets behind the Kalalea, the mountain across the street. Many evenings, I return from a trek checking on Laysan albatrosses to find my husband has prepared a meal. My transformation—and it is that—is due to another man: Mark Reinfeld.

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  • Picture Your Perfect Hawaii

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    kilauea volcano lava flows into sea on big islandWhat's your picture-perfect Hawaii getaway? I get asked all the time something like, "What are your favorite things to do in Hawaii?" Or, "I'm coming to Kauai; what shouldn't I miss?" Sometimes it's my friends who ask. Sometimes it's friends who ask for their friends. Sometimes, it's even my co-workers who know I write a blog and edit a website that shares all that information. But, still, they have to ask. In honor of Outrigger's Picture Your Perfect Hawaii sweepstakes, I am revealing my list here.

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