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  • The Trail to Kaniakapupu Palace

    Destination: Oahu

    kaniakapupu-palaceLike Kaniakapupu, the summer palace of King Kamehameha III and his wife Queen Kalama, in Nuuanu. It was built in 1845. According to the plaque in front of the crumbling rock wall ruins, the palace—a term to be taken loosely—was a place for parties. The biggest of which took place in 1847 to celebrate Hawaiian Restoration Day.

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  • Waves of Waimea Bay

    Destination: Oahu

    surfers at waimea bay on a big day

    Beyond the always crowded parking lot. Past the sticks of showers circling the public restrooms. Far to the south of the command center that is the lifeguard tower in the center of Waimea Bay is a rock jutting into the ocean at the edge of the beach. It’s more than twice my height and where I wanted to be to photograph the surf rolling into Waimea Bay—surf so big that lifeguards had closed the beach to swimming and alerted beachgoers on a public address system whenever ripples on the water’s surface far on the horizon, made their way to shore, hit the steeply rising land, and pitched into the monster surf for which Waimea is famous. The right-breaking waves off the point at the north end of the bay can grow to 50 feet. That’s no small thing. In fact, that’s the height of a five-story building.

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  • March in Photos

    Destination: Kauai

    My first foray into a trend I’ve just discovered that’s called “urban exploration” unwittingly took place in March when my friend Pam and I photographed Ahukini Pier. That is, the remains of Ahukini Pier, which is now called Ahukini State Recreational Pier. This was once the hub of Kauai’s inter-island shipping commerce--where much of Kauai’s sugar harvest left the island and where passengers came and went. Then, after World War II, Nawiliwili Harbor was constructed and that was pretty much the end of Ahukini Landing.

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  • How I Learned to Meditate

    Destination: Kauai

    sunset from nualolo kaiWe all know Hawaii excites the senses. Travel writers galore have written about the comforting blanket of warmth that envelopes a body after stepping off a trans-Pacific flight. Even though they are only starting to blossom this spring, we can all pull the heady scent of gardenia from our memory bank and imagine the tapestry of bougainvillea draping a hillside. And the ocean. Her sounds run the scales, from kissing our toes in a frothy shoreline to droning her engine in a hard-pounding northwest winter swell.

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  • A Shama Thrush Builds A Home in My House

    Destination: Kauai

    rooster with tailThe skies were blue when I retreated to the lanai with my morning tea. At the foot of the stairs, a rooster stretched his head and let out his best crow. A few seconds later, another rooster on the other side of the house responded, and the domino effect made its way down the valley. Other birds were singing, including a Western meadowlark, its black V set on bright yellow breast. A Zebra dove cooed.

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