Tag Archive: travel

The Big Island’s Pololu Valley is like Kauai’s Kalalau only without the people

The green nub on the north end of the Big Island—Kohala— that points toward Maui is a million years older than the island’s southern volcanic slopes, whose shores are being widened by fresh… Continue reading

How the history of Hawaii may predict the future of the world

The analogy is obvious: Eight principal Hawaiian islands are adrift in a universe of ocean, just as our eight planets (sorry Pluto) are isolated in a universe of space. The first Polynesians, from… Continue reading

Hawaii’s Hottest Ticket is to where the Action Isn’t

Anyone who has been to the Islands recently will tell you traffic and crowds at popular destinations are a hassle. Seriously. For real. But the hassle is avoidable. The trick is to get to the many destinations that are out of the Yelp-o-Sphere, without having to sacrifice scenic values to do so.

Trailblazer’s Hawaii Guides: Adventure in your Pocket. Memories in the Bank.

Hawaii means different things for different people, offering a mind-boggling array of choices. With Trailblazer guides, no matter where you are, you can answer the question, “I wonder what’s down that road?” Some… Continue reading

Yay! Hawaii the Big Island Trailblazer turns 20

Independent and adventurous travelers can now celebrate the publication of the 20th anniversary edition of Hawaii the Big Island Trailblazer (ISBN: 978-198039129690), which is good to go on Amazon. Volcano goddess Pele has… Continue reading

Why Waikiki? It’s Wacky, Relaxing, Affordable.

Ala Wai Canal on Oahu was dredged a hundred years ago, draining a swamp and setting the stage for the canyons of high-rise hotels, designer shops, and eateries that draws millions of sun-seekers… Continue reading

Oahu’s Maunawili Falls: A short trip to the ‘Heart of Darkness’

The 3-mile round-trip (375 feet of elevation) to Maunawili Falls may spec out as a cakewalk, but it walks more like a jungle trek a la Conrad’s novel, upon which the movie Apocalypse Now… Continue reading

Make sure your Hawaiian Vacation is a Honeymoon and not a Blind Date from Hell

Say the words “Hawaiian Vacation” to 100 people and you are likely to get 100 positive responses—and all 100 will differ from one another. The fact is, one person’s dream vacation is another… Continue reading