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  • The Magnetism of Napali Coast

    Destination: Kauai

    nualolo valley wide shot of reefOn this trip, I was headed to Nualolo Kai, the mid-way point, a valley marked by a giant X in the cliff face backing it—and bordered on one end by Alapii Point. The plan was for Anthony to drop me off and continue on his way with the other eight or 10 passengers to the lush side. They would dip in and out of a half-dozen sea caves, cruise through a waterfall or two, hear Anthony share the history and legends of the place and utter the words—beautiful, gorgeous, spectacular.

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  • August in Photos

    Destination: Oahu

    couple carry stand up paddling surfing board on beach in hawaiiAny day on Waikiki Beach can bring a variety of ocean-goers to the water, from babies with inflatable wings on their arms to stand up paddlers from as far away as Australia, from 92-year-old doctors who surf to mothers who double as surf photographers.

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  • Celebrating Hawaii's Lifeguards

    Destination: Oahu

    lifeguard competes at dukes oceanfestA dozen or more lifeguards raced up and down the beach amidst sunbathers situated under red and yellow umbrellas and children bobbing on pink and green inflatables in the turquoise blue waters of Waikiki. But there was no rescuing going on. Not now.

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  • Inspired by Duke and Doc

    Destination: Oahu

    doc and beach boy on waikiki beachThe "Ambassador of Aloha," as Duke is reverentially called, died 45 years ago but is very much alive on the shores of Waikiki. Large banners emblazoned with the visage of Duke serve as the backdrop to a stage, where young watermen and women receive awards and, even, prize money for their accomplishments. They almost always thank Duke for his inspiration.

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  • Canoe Surfing at Waikiki

    Destination: Oahu

    canoe surfing view of diamond head at waikiki beachAs if the parade of surfers on Kalakaua Avenue weren't enough of a hint, the waves marching toward the sands of Waikiki Beach were breaking on shore when the City Girls* and I met to go canoe surfing last week. And, then, first mate Buddy, with Faith Surf School, suggested we leave our sunglasses and hats on the beach where they were safe. All this as Captain Buddy added a couple bailers to our canoe.

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  • Kayaking Napali Coast: Breath-Taking and Breath-Giving

    Destination: Kauai

    kayaking napali coast"Stay to the right of the monster," my friend Susan said from another kayak, as my husband and I paddled toward Polihale Beach from the north. From our two-person kayak, I could see a series of waves falling like dominoes onto the shore of the longest and westernmost beach on Kauai.

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  • From Old Ladies to Surfer Chicks: Learning to Surf at Hanalei

    Destination: Kauai

    the surfing gredgets waiting for wavesThere we were four women who had all reached the point in our lives when we could check AARP off the list of invitations we’d received in the mail—and we were lying face down in the sands of Hanalei Beach on Kauai’s North Shore.  It was a slightly overcast summer day that as it wore on, drew people outside like Hawaiian cleaner wrasse to algae-wearing turtles. While they adjusted beach chairs and applied sunscreen, we stared down a surf break known as “Grandpa’s.” Grandpa’s, as in, people young and old could surf this wave. Grandpa’s, as in a beginner’s wave. The bunny slope of surfing.

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  • Readying to Kayak Napali Coast

    Destination: Kauai

    Napali Coast, Kauai, HawaiiOne month from today, I will spend five days kayak-camping along Napali Coast. That means, I have 30 days to get in shape. The trek will involve kayaking 17 miles along the majestic Napali Coast, one of Hawaii's most scenic vistas. We will explore sea caves and dip into waterfalls. We will gawk at the line-up of cliffs that gives this coastline its name--Napali translates to English as "the cliffs." One month from today, I will spend five days kayak-camping along Napali Coast, and that means, I have 30 days to get in shape.

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  • Waves of Waimea Bay

    Destination: Oahu

    surfers at waimea bay on a big day

    Beyond the always crowded parking lot. Past the sticks of showers circling the public restrooms. Far to the south of the command center that is the lifeguard tower in the center of Waimea Bay is a rock jutting into the ocean at the edge of the beach. It’s more than twice my height and where I wanted to be to photograph the surf rolling into Waimea Bay—surf so big that lifeguards had closed the beach to swimming and alerted beachgoers on a public address system whenever ripples on the water’s surface far on the horizon, made their way to shore, hit the steeply rising land, and pitched into the monster surf for which Waimea is famous. The right-breaking waves off the point at the north end of the bay can grow to 50 feet. That’s no small thing. In fact, that’s the height of a five-story building.

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  • The Inspiration of a Master Canoe Shaper

    Destination: Oahu

    kaukahi canoe on display at outrigger waikiki on the beachI spent an afternoon last week in an industrial area a few miles from Honolulu International Airport, past a sand and gravel supplier, a drywall contractor and a cabinet re-facing company, in a setting that made me wonder whether Hawaii Five-0 had filmed here. The place was hot, reeked of migraine-inducing paint fumes, and everything was coated in layers of dust that you could measure in quarter inches, and for Tay Perry, this is his office away from the office. Amidst the sounds of power sanders and paint guns, this is where a lifetime of passion and sweat go into creating Tay’s legacy—shaping canoes.

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