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Bog Agog: Hiking Kauai’s Alakai Swamp Trail

Bog Agog: Hiking Kauai’s Alakai Swamp Trail

Posted on December 30, 2015

Story by Heidi Siefkas Wood stairs on the Alakai Swamp Trail. Photo by Heidi Siefkas. All right, I know exactly what you’re thinking after reading the headline above. I didn’t come to Hawaii to check out a swamp! Also … What would I find fun about an adventure in a swamp? As it turns out, [...]

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3 MORE Hawaii Island Scenic Spots You (Likely) Haven’t Visited Yet

3 MORE Hawaii Island Scenic Spots You (Likely) Haven’t Visited Yet

Posted on August 11, 2015

Story by Derek Paiva Last week in this space, I shared a compendium of “3 Hawaii Island Scenic Spots You (Likely) Haven’t Visited Yet” but should. The idea behind the list was simple. Even if you think you’ve been to all of the Hawaii Island scenic spots everyone says are must-sees, there are always more. [...]

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Limahuli Garden and Preserve: America’s Best Natural Botanical Garden

Limahuli Garden and Preserve: America’s Best Natural Botanical Garden

Posted on July 28, 2015

Story by Leah Lamb One of Kauai’s most dramatic and scenic botanical gardens is Limahuli Garden and Preserve on the island’s north shore. Located in 1,000-acre Limahuli Valley, home to countless biological and cultural treasures, the 700-year-old site is akin to a step back in time. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself unable to [...]

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An Excursion to Hawaii Island’s Stunning Pololu Valley

An Excursion to Hawaii Island’s Stunning Pololu Valley

Posted on July 21, 2015

Story by Andrew Collins An end-of-the-road destination on Hawaii Island’s spectacular — and relatively little-visited — North Kohala Coast, wonderfully picturesque Pololu Valley and its secluded black sand beach provide a memorable adventure for folks seeking them out. And part of the fun of visiting the dramatic valley is getting there. [Check out my “A North Kohala [...]

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Hawaii Marine Life Stars in ABC Series “Ocean Mysteries”

Hawaii Marine Life Stars in ABC Series “Ocean Mysteries”

Posted on June 18, 2015

Tracking the movement of tiger sharks in Maui waters and night diving with manta rays off Hawaii Island’s Kona Coast. Yup. Chalk these up to another couple of days and aquatic adventures in the life of noted animal and nature conservationist Jeff Corwin for his Emmy-winning ABC series “Ocean Mysteries.” After watching the series’ two [...]

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The Only Kayak on the Beach

The Only Kayak on the Beach

Posted on May 21, 2015

Writer, adventurer, and Kauai resident Heidi Siefkas describes one of her all-time favorite kayaking adventures to Kipu Kai beach, famous for its appearance in the movie The Descendants. It is important to note that it takes an experienced paddler to make this journey. If you’re so inclined, you need to be in excellent shape, understand surf conditions, and [...]

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Don’t Forget the Kids!

Don’t Forget the Kids!

Posted on April 30, 2015

Outdoor playground? Check. Marine life encounters? Check. Educational hike? Triple check. Next stop – Hawaii Island! Trust us, your children will love you even more when you take them on outings such as these. For an insider’s take, Jonelle Shimamoto, marketing and public relations manager of Atlantis Submarines, says that Atlantis Submarines’ Kona Tour is [...]

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Warm up to Once-in-a-Lifetime Hawaii Experiences

Warm up to Once-in-a-Lifetime Hawaii Experiences

Posted on January 30, 2015

For those enduring the wintry mix that’s moving its way across the country, get your blood pumping with thoughts of only-in-Hawaii adventures such as swimming with manta rays or plunging out of a plane on Oahu’s picturesque North Shore. Learn how you can tick multiple items off your bucket list with a trip to the [...]

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Waimea Canyon and Hanapepe, Kauai: Make a Day and Night of It

Waimea Canyon and Hanapepe, Kauai: Make a Day and Night of It

Posted on January 9, 2014

-by Heidi Siefkas Whether staying on the North or South Shore of Kauai, you cannot miss taking a drive to Waimea Canyon. With the accolade of being the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, it is epic. And, you won’t truly believe it until you see it with your own eyes and experience its grandeur. The [...]

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Cruising Down a Volcano with Maui Easy Riders

Cruising Down a Volcano with Maui Easy Riders

Posted on December 23, 2013

-by Traveling Canucks I’ll admit I was a little intimidated when I learned that my #seeMaui itinerary had me bike riding down Haleakala Volcano. At over 10,000 feet above sea level, it’s roughly 25% higher than the peak of Whistler Mountain. Translation – this ain’t no bunny hill! I had visions of full suspension downhill [...]

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