Category Archive: Hawaii Guidebooks

The Big Island’s Hamakua is like Maui’s Hana Highway without the hassle

Maui’s Hana Highway hugs a jungled coastline, crossing mossy one-lane bridges, botanical gardens, and umpteen spewing waterfalls. The Big Island’s Old Mamalaoha Highway on the Hamakua (northeast) coast does pretty much the same… Continue reading

Guess which Hawaiian island has the most trails

With an urban corridor that is home to nearly a million people—more than double the rest of the Islands combined—you wouldn’t think that Oahu has more trailheads than Maui, Kauai, or the Big… Continue reading

Surfer Alert: Kauai has a North Shore too!

The North Shore of Oahu has four world-surfing tour beaches, and is known as the best board-riding coast in the world. But go north from there to the north shore of Kauai, and… Continue reading

Hawaii’s surefire cure for the Blues

This may be Kauai’s top hike:

Kauai has many hikes that score a perfect 10—and you just can’t get better than sublime. But the Awa’awapuhi Trail may get the top vote among many visitors. It’s freaking breathtaking.  Just the… Continue reading

The real Hawaii? Look no further than Kauai’s Anahola

Thanks to Prince Jonah Kuhio and the Land Act of 1895, Anahola was one of the first places where native Hawaiians could ‘own’ land (999-year leases) that had been taken away in the… Continue reading

“Tweeting” in Hawaii used to take many days

In ancient Hawaii (the first Polynesians arrived from Marquesa around 200 A.D.) the only way to send a message other than by speaking was to etch out a symbol in smooth lava rock.… Continue reading

Kauai’s Mahaulepu: A dreamscape so close, yet so far away

Only a few miles separate Mahaulepu from the Grand Hyatt and the busy resort strip of Poipu Beach on Kauai’s arid south shore. But those miles are on a hellishly potholed dirt road… Continue reading

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