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  • Another Friday Afternoon at Kilauea Point

    Destination: Kauai

    Kilauea Point lighthouse lens, close upIt’s just another Friday afternoon at the refuge, and I am blogging from “Birdville,” a.k.a. Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge. The skies overhead are clearing, after a surprising squall provided a bit of cloud clover and respite from the hot sun. Not enough rain fell to clean the windshield, much less soak the soil outside the wedge-tailed shearwater burrows and leach its nourishing bird guano deep into the ground. Funny how Hawaii skies sneak up on you like that.

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  • TSA Took My Salty Donkey Balls

    Destination: Hawaii Island

    package of donkey balls from hawaii islandAnother TSA agent inspecting some other bag leaned over, looked at the plastic bag in Clark’s hand and nodded. “Donkey balls,” she said with a knowing tone. I smiled, embarrassed—but only slightly. “Those are for my husband,” I said.

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  • Historic Hawaii Island

    Destination: Hawaii Island

    yellow tang at kahaluu on hawaii islandI am finishing up breakfast in the Kamaaina Terrace at Keauhou Beach Resort, sitting across from a chair recently vacated by a young man from Washington. He just headed out to Volcanoes National Park for the day. We talked about the lava show going on up there, the hiking trials, the visitor center’s many displays and educational opportunities. Well, I did. He was quiet.

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  • Top 10 Omiyage (Gifts) from Kauai

    Destination: Kauai, Oahu

    Close up of Love Chance, owner of Indigenous Soap, and her young daughterOmiyage. The practice of gift-giving is an art in Japan. Those roots sprouted easily in the welcoming soil of Hawaiian culture when Japanese immigrants arrived. I've learned not to go anywhere with empty hands. Thankfully, these Hawaiian Islands offer a never-ending supply of gifts unique to Hawaii.

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  • The Road to Hana Yields Breadfruit

    Destination: Maui

    yellow jeep meanders curves on road to hanaI found the breadfruit trees. They are in East Maui. Hundreds of them. One benefit to researching stories--in this case, one about The Breadfruit Institute at the National Tropical Botanical Garden—is that my travels take me to some beautiful places. Yesterday, I drove the Road to Hana.

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