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  • Improve Your Eyesight. Go on Vacation.

    I drove six miles into town today. I passed a burger stand, general store, post office and a beautiful beach that stretches along the coastline on Kauai’s East Side. And I don’t remember a thing about it. I don’t remember whether I had to brake for someone in front of me to turn left into the parking area above the East Side walking path. Or whether the ocean was glassy or the wind was blowing the tops off the waves at Kealia Beach.

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  • From the Archives: Volunteering on Vacation

    Destination: Maui

    white hibiscus, native hawaii plant, close upMy husband and I are still on vacation, still celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. But I am remembering the way we honored our 20th wedding anniversary on Maui--volunteering on vacation. So, I pulled this from the archives to share with you. I'll be back next week.

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  • From the Archives: The Tavern at Princeville by Roy Yamaguchi

    Destination: Kauai

    roy's hawaiian fusion cuisine gift card in grassMy husband and I are on vacation this week, celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. Three years ago, on October 22, we celebrated at a new restaurant on Kauai. During our 25 years of marriage, I've watched other friends marry, as well. Some stay married. Others do not--even those I thought were made for each other. The same can be said for restaurants on Kauai: Some come; some go. But not The Tavern at Princeville by Roy Yamaguchi. Its menu items may have changed since we visited in 2010 but the place is still doing well, based on its Yelp reviews.

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  • Maui "Sides" Trip Report

    Destination: Maui

    One of my rules of travel is to never eat at a place where I can eat at home. So, last week, I found myself at Home Maid Bakery within 15 minutes of landing at OGG—Kahului Airport on Maui. I’ve found some favorite eateries throughout my years of traveling the Hawaiian Islands. Here’s a list of those haunts I managed to frequent on Maui last week.

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  • The Amazing Sweet-Tooth-Satisfying Goodness of Breadfruit Pie--without the Sugar High

    Destination: Maui

    lilikoi breadfruit pie by pono piesI met John Cadman at the Breadfruit Festival on Kauai in early September. He was wearing a vintage aloha shirt, rubber slippahs, and a recently-woven lau hala hat to keep the sun off his pale face. “In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a little haole,” he said, using the common word in Hawaii for “white person.” “And here I was introducing breadfruit to Hawaiians at Kamehameha Schools.”

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  • It's All about the Birds and the Beer at Maui Brewing Co.

    Destination: Maui

    We’re sitting at a community table at Maui Brewing Company on a Friday evening. The restaurant is full with people flowing out the front door, jockeying to add their names to a waitlist. The crowd surprises me. The Kahana Gateway Center is a mild-mannered shopping center at the northwestern end of Honoapiilani Highway in West Maui—beyond the scene of Lahaina, beyond the energy of Kaanapali.

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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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