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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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  • Mt. Waialeale on Display

    Destination: Kauai

    As I turned right onto Rice Street, I looked up and saw Mt. Waialeale smack in front of my face, standing sentinel, protecting Lihue town. I’ve traveled this road hundreds of times over the years, why did the appearance of this great mountain—receiving an average of 460 inches of rain per year and touted as the wettest spot on earth by some—suddenly grab my attention? It's not like a cataclysmic event recently jettisoned the mountain to its approximately 5,148 feet.

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