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  • Hiking inside Haleakala Crater. Part One.

    Destination: Maui

    closeup of ahinahina leaves in haleakalaHaleakala is famous for its sunrises. Visitors head up the mountain in the black of night in order to witness the sun crawl up and over the tallest mountain on Maui, a dormant volcano, a sight considered by some to be an otherworldly experience. At 10,023-foot elevation, the black of night also delivers a spectacular star show, an added bonus, not quite as famous as its Mauna Kea neighbor, also peaking above the clouds, on Hawaii (Big) Island. But spectacular all the same.

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  • August in Photos

    lilikoi passionfruit flower on sleeping giant mountain, kauaiWhen I think of August 2012, I think of wedge-tailed shearwater chicks. I think of fledgling red-footed boobies circling Kilauea Point lighthouse. I think of bronzed versions of native forest birds at Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens. When my brain shifts away from birds, I recall the happy trails of the Alakai Swamp. The sweeping views atop Kuliouou Ridge Trail. The white sands of a Kailua beach walk.

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  • Sinatra at the Tip Top Cafe

    Destination: Kauai

    I just learned that Ava Gardner broke up with Frank Sinatra at the Tip Top Café in Lihue, Kauai. With its vinyl booths, Formica tables and cavernous-tall ceilings, you can just imagine Hollywood’s royalty noshing on pancakes—or oxtail soup, another of the restaurant’s famous dishes—and picture Ava, her head tilted, her eyes slit, delivering the news to Frank as a cloud of cigarette smoke hovered in the air above the soon-to-be ex-lovers.

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  • The Magical, Mystical World of the Alakai Swamp

    Destination: Kauai

    red lehua blossomLast week, I headed to Kokee State Park on Kauai to do some hiking on the Alakai Swamp Trail at about 4,000-foot elevation. (This in order to train for my backpacking trip this Labor Day weekend through Haleakala National Park, at elevations starting at 9,740 feet.)

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  • Guest Blogger: Malia Yoshioka's Marathon Training Secret

    Destination: Oahu

    malia yoshioka eating shave ice"While it's nice to think we live in our own endless summer, it's good to have a little variety once in a while. I tend to enjoy the subtle shift of the seasons. Fall is bittersweet in Hawaii. Although our leaves stay evergreen, the arrival of Fall means no more lychee and mangoes on the trees, slightly cooler temperatures, rain showers (and rainbows), and the beginning of another season: Honolulu Marathon training season." Guest blogger Malia Yoshioka shares her secret for sticking to her marathon training. Here's a hint: It has to do with food! 

     

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