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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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West Side Wonderful: Hiking Kokee State Park’s Canyon Trail

West Side Wonderful: Hiking Kokee State Park’s Canyon Trail

Posted on October 2, 2015

Story by Andrew Collins Often called the Garden Island, Kauai conjures images of impossibly lush rainforests and emerald valleys. But there’ s more to the island than just green. Its drier west side is home to a spectacular 3,600-foot-deep canyon characterized by burnt-red soil, craggy basalt bluffs and promontories, and upcountry woodland: Waimea Canyon. Nicknamed [...]

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Hill of Long Life: Hiking to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park’s Puu Loa Petroglyph Field

Hill of Long Life: Hiking to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park’s Puu Loa Petroglyph Field

Posted on September 25, 2015

Story by Vanessa Chiasson A feathery cape. The billowing sail of a canoe. The squiggly flash of a lizard. You may have come to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to satisfy the child within, hunt down fiery lava and stalk ancient eruptions. But it’s your inner artist who will be squealing with glee on a hike [...]

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Take it Easy: 5 Great (Relatively) Easygoing Oahu Hiking Trails

Take it Easy: 5 Great (Relatively) Easygoing Oahu Hiking Trails

Posted on September 11, 2015

Story by Derek Paiva Let’s paint a situational picture. You’re on Oahu. You want to squeeze in a great nature hike away from the urbanity of metro Honolulu. But you don’t want to take on anything too difficult, too dangerous or too, um, illegal. In other words, you want an easy hiking trail. You know, [...]

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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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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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Get Outside and Go!

Get Outside and Go!

Posted on May 28, 2015

Travelers often gain a new appreciation for culture when exploring the great outdoor playground of Hawaii Island. Read on for tips by Jaisy and Brian who are eager to share their recommendations on unexpected land and sea experiences found nowhere else in the world. Director of Public Relations Jaisy Jardine, The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii “For [...]

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A Chef’s Guide to Hawaii Restaurant Gems

A Chef’s Guide to Hawaii Restaurant Gems

Posted on February 10, 2015

From under-the-radar neighborhood restaurants to long-standing favorite eateries, six luxury hotel chefs across the Hawaiian Islands reveal their answer to the question, “Where do you like to eat on your day off?” Warning: this post will make you hungry! OAHU Chef de Cuisine Shaymus Alwin, AZURE Restaurant, The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort “On Sunday, you’re [...]

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Maui Family Travel: Glorious Upcountry and Beach Bums

Maui Family Travel: Glorious Upcountry and Beach Bums

Posted on June 3, 2014

-by Amber Johnson Maui’s “upcountry” is a cluster of sites located 2,000+ feet up the slope of the famed crater Haleakala. What we expected: a welcome respite from our sunburned couple of days at the beach. What we did: fell in love. Parts of this region are referred to as the “Maui Alps.” With cooler temperatures, [...]

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The Kokee State Park Lookouts

The Kokee State Park Lookouts

Posted on March 20, 2014

-by David Chatsuthiphan, UnrealHawaii.com. Kokee State Park is located on the northwest side of Kauai. The park sits at an elevation of about 3,600 feet and getting there involves driving up the long and windy Kokee Road (Hwy 550). Along that windy road you’ll find four main lookouts that offer stunning views of Waimea Canyon [...]

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