Category Archive: travel

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

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

Here’s TV’s ‘Fantasy Island’ in Real Life on Kauai

Nostalgic TV fans may recognize this view of Allerton Garden as the home of Ricardo Montalban and friends on Fantasy Island. In real life, these beachfront acres were the home of John Allerton,… Continue reading

Hiking Hawaii: What you need to know to not screw up

To stay safe, even fit, experienced trekkers need a crash course on trail hiking in the mountains and jungles of Hawaii. First of all, even popular trails are going to have rough patches.… Continue reading

The wild side of paradise is hidden on the Big Island

Between the tourist buzz of Kailua-Kona and the destination resorts of South Kohala is … well a whole lot of nothing—or, rather, nothing man-made. On this run of wild coast are some of… Continue reading

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