Hiking with a Goddess at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Pele, the volcano goddess, is alive and well—and fully in command—at the Big Island’s Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Some things never change. The whimsical fury of Pele is captured in this painting by… Continue reading

Oahu’s Mt. Olympus: The Wild Green Yonder above Waikiki

Fifteen minutes after twirling a cocktail umbrella at Waikiki Beach, you can be embarking on one of the best tropical ridge hikes in Hawaii. The trek to Mt. Olympus (as students at the… Continue reading

Historic Kua Bay is now Kona’s most happening beach scene

Fewer than ten years ago—and a thousand years before that—Kua Bay was reachable only by walking down a rutted, unsigned “road,” located about ten miles north of touristy Kailua-Kona on the Big Island.… Continue reading

Hidden gems lie just beyond Maui’s swank Wailea

The southwest (“Gold Coast”) of Maui boasts upscale Wailea, home to a string of some of the world’s finest destination resorts—but beyond that is a virtually resort-free coastline. Some of the beaches here… Continue reading

Whoa! You can still find a secluded paradise on the Big Island

Take the coastal highway about 20 miles south of Resortville in Kona, and you will find the fishing village of Miloli’i, and from there walk 20 minutes on a coastal trail to the… Continue reading

No kidding, the Hamakua Coast is one of Hawaii’s best-kept secrets

Devoid of hotels and much tourist stuff, the Hamakua Coast (northeast) of the Big Island is known to most visitors as a 40-mile drive on the way to Hilo and Hawaii Volcanoes National… Continue reading

Is this Hawaii’s sexiest beach?

Dreamy Lanikai Beach on Windward Oahu is pure eye candy, with cupcake islands just offshore its silky sands. Flowering shrubs line the paths from an uber-cool beach cottage community. Don’t be surprised to… Continue reading

The Big Island’s Mauna Lani Resort is a vacation within a vacation

When visiting the Big Island, do yourself a favor and spend a day or two at the Mauna Lani Resort on the South Kohala Coast—the grounds cover square miles, with several  snorkeling beaches,… Continue reading