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  • Kohala Coast Getaway, Part 1: Fly to Big Island

    Destination: Hawaii Island

    I pull out my journal with my notes from the Hawaiian Legends concert and share the story of Peter Kalama, a Hawaiian man who ventured to the Pacific Northwest, also in the early 1800s, married the daughter of Chief Seattle and settled down in a place which was eventually named after him—Kalama. By the time we touched down in Kailua-Kona, I hadn't read a single word.

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  • Hot Lava Rock Massage Bliss

    Destination: Oahu

    I’ve heard the strokes of lomilomi described as long, gliding and deep. I’ve felt lomilomi practitioners use their hands, forearms, elbows and, even, feet. I’ve been told lomilomi may involve chanting, music, prayer and herbs, sticks and rocks. There’s no easy definition, no one description, because lomilomi practitioners from each family or district or island followed their own, unique practice. What I’ve gleaned is lomilomi is a holistic healing art. In essence, it’s not just about the massage.

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  • Note to Self: Isn't It Time for a Massage?

    Destination: Oahu

    torch giner, national tropical botanical garden on kauaiYou know those days when you say, “Calgon, take me away”? I was having one of those kinds of days when I entered the elevator on the ground floor of Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach and punched PH. Seconds later, the elevator doors drew back on the penthouse floor and presented the Waikiki Plantation Spa. It felt like waking after a long work week realizing it was Saturday. You exhale. Your shoulders relax. You stretch. Sometimes, all it takes is the right environment to put a new spin on your day.

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  • Girlfriend Getaway in Hawaii Day 3

    Destination: Kauai

    I’ve heard many different definitions of lomilomi, the simplest of which is that it’s a traditional Hawaiian healing art that incorporates massage. According to my Hawaiian dictionary, the definition of “lomi” is “to rub, press, squeeze, massage; to work in and out, as the claws of a contented cat.” Generally speaking, the massage technique is characterized by long, deep strokes using the palms, forearms, fingers, knuckles, elbows, knees, feet--even sticks and stones.

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  • Girlfriend Getaway in Hawaii #2

    Destination: Kauai

    Sleeping Giant. Like any name or word in Hawai’i, this mountain which rests behind the town of Kapa’a has many stories, the most common about a giant named Nunui who helped a community build a temple, hauling rocks from the west side of the island. In return for his efforts, the villagers served up a feast fit for a giant, including this giant’s favorite food—bananas.

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