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  • The Inspiration of a Master Canoe Shaper

    Destination: Oahu

    kaukahi canoe on display at outrigger waikiki on the beachI spent an afternoon last week in an industrial area a few miles from Honolulu International Airport, past a sand and gravel supplier, a drywall contractor and a cabinet re-facing company, in a setting that made me wonder whether Hawaii Five-0 had filmed here. The place was hot, reeked of migraine-inducing paint fumes, and everything was coated in layers of dust that you could measure in quarter inches, and for Tay Perry, this is his office away from the office. Amidst the sounds of power sanders and paint guns, this is where a lifetime of passion and sweat go into creating Tay’s legacy—shaping canoes.

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  • My Own Personal Chef at Hula Grill Waikiki

    Destination: Oahu

    crispy tofu at hula grill waikikiAs the sun set on Waikiki, the rest of our table, some 20 diners, received their pupu, appetizer,  before Lisa and me. It wasn't that the courteous servers at Hula Grill hadn't tried to place the dish they called "Smoked Big Island Abalone BLT" in front of us. More than one had tried. "No," we said again and again, shaking our heads. "We ordered vegetarian."

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  • The Crazy Chicken Lady

    Destination: Kauai

    rooster with tail

    Today, returning home from the Anahola Post Office, where I learned that after a couple dozen years with the USPS, my buddy Brian retired without telling a soul, I pulled into our driveway and no fewer than six “yard” chickens ran up to greet me. Let’s see, there was Hoppy leading the charge. Blackie. Little Blackie YL. Blondie. Green Legs. And Ham. Did you know chickens can run at speeds of up to nine miles an hour?

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  • Celebrate Pi with Pie

    Destination: Oahu

    trio of desserts at greens and vinesSylvia Thompson opened Greens & Vines in late October 2012 after selling her raw-vegan gourmet-packaged foods under the Licious Dishes label for five years at Oahu farmers markets and a shop at Dole Cannery.

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  • The Amazing Longevity of Laysan Albatrosses

    Destination: Kauai

    albatross chick profileThese Laysan albatross chicks spent 65 days inside a calcium closure before pipping their way to freedom several weeks ago. And, now, if they are able to steer clear of the hooks belonging to long-line fisheries, to evade eager sharks swimming below the surface of the ocean and, more devastating, to resist ingesting plastic that can be mistaken for food, these three Laysan albatrosses just may live to be older than I am. In fact, old enough--if they'd been contributing--to collect social security benefits.

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