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  • Zipline Thrills: Screaming Like a Rock Star in Hawaii

    Destination: Maui, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Oahu

    Zipline tour on MauiFor some people I know, hiking the Kalalau Trail on Kauai makes them break into a sweat.  Others I know won't even think about driving the famous road to Hana.  For those people, I do not recommend ziplining. But, if you have a general respect for high places, like I do, and you like speed, like I do, then, you'll love ziplining. It's still a relatively new adventure in Hawaii. In fact, you won't even find ziplining adventures on all the islands.

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  • Rogue Wave of Laughter Hits Waikiki

    Destination: Oahu

    The Society of Seven got their start in 1969. You would have probably called them a variety act then. Their success led to a regular gig in Las Vegas. Before they left for the mainland—almost 10 years ago—they trained a troupe to carry on in Waikiki. Through September 20, the Vegas version is home, performing at the showroom at Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach.

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  • Vacations Are Good for Your Health and Marriage

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    couple walking on beach, closeup of legsIt’s no surprise to hear that studies show vacation can lower blood pressure, lower stress hormones and generate overall feelings of well-being. For me, vacation gave me a new home. My husband and I moved to Hawaii for the same reasons we vacationed here: The warm weather, the ocean and the myriad of activities available to us--from golf, running and hiking to paddling outrigger canoes, snorkeling and diving.  Now that we live in Hawaii, we get asked all the time: When you live in paradise, where do you go on vacation?

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  • In Hawaii: Expect Nothing. Be Ready for Anything.

    Destination: Maui

    Last month, I flew to Maui for the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival. I arrived at the Saturday afternoon Kapalua Wine Tour at The Ritz-Carlton promptly at 12:45 p.m. I hauled my laptop, two cameras, digital voice recorder, phone, notepad and pens in my favorite traveling backpack—the Sherpani Tosca. That meant my hands were free for things like, oh, wine.

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  • Wines and Flowers from Hawaii and the World

    Destination: Maui

    On Friday evening, I arrived at the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival with no plan—other than to enjoy some wine.  When I entered the Aloha Garden Pavilion at The Ritz-Carlton for “The Grand Tasting,” I quickly realized I would need a plan.  I settled on pinot noir as the sun set behind Molokai across the open ocean channel.

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  • Dancing Red Tailed Tropicbirds

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    At Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, we (or, at least I), call these seabirds, “Valentine’s Birds.” For two reasons: 1) They arrive at the refuge in early February, around Valentine’s Day, every year; and 2) Their tail feathers and bill are painted a striking red.

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  • 39th Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

    Destination: Hawaii Island

    Ripe Kona coffee cherries in a basketThe 39th annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival officially kicked off last night with a lantern parade on Ali'i Drive in downtown Kailua-Kona. For the next 9 days, the event will celebrate all things coffee with samplings, farm tours, dinners, a cupping competition, a coffee picking contest, art exhibit, fun run, parades and more.  In anticipation, last week, I toured a couple Kona coffee farms on Big Island.

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  • Mead: The Beverage of Choice for Honeymooners

    Destination: Kauai

    Quick: Do you know what mead is?  At our last ReefCheck, Stephanie Krieger mentioned her first bottling would take place in late July.  Mead? Mead?  I let the word float in my mind. Somewhere in the deep recesses, I’d heard the word before. Maybe it had to do with medieval times. That grog that friars drank, wasn’t that it?  “What is mead?” I asked Stephanie.

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