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Thinking and Writing About the Alamo

July 30, 2014
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There is a simple truth about my writing: Some blog posts practically write themselves. Others are a struggle. Some topics never see the light of day because no matter how many drafts I write, I’m not happy with any of them. Some writers approach an experience having already decided what their angle is. I’d rather [...]

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Where it’s The Fourth of July Every Week

July 2, 2014
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Since we’re all gearing up for the Fourth of July (Independence Day) here in the U.S.–a holiday celebrated in big cities and small towns alike with a night of fireworks following a day of parades and cookouts–I thought now might be a good week to share my experience of watching the Friday night fireworks in [...]

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Photo Post: Woman and Nature

June 25, 2014
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For some reason, I keep coming back to this picture I took on Oahu. It was a clear, sunny day, and I was snapping dozens of photos at La’ie Point, including the rock formation with the hole punched through it by a tsunami, people fishing, the curve of the land, the waves crashing against the [...]

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Finding Hawaii in Waikiki

June 18, 2014
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A few months ago, I announced I was going to Hawaii, staying in Waikiki. Somebody who follows my blog responded “But Waikiki isn’t really Hawaii.” I see where he’s coming from; Waikiki is easily the most touristy place in the Hawaiian islands. You could easily vacation there at a luxury resort on the beach and [...]

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The Sunset Ritual

May 28, 2014
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There’s a ritual that happens every evening in Waikiki. When the sun begins to set, everything seems to slow down. People move outside. They gravitate to the beach, or a deck with a view. They pad through the shifting sand to the water’s edge or the end of a pier, watching and waiting for the [...]

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A Walk Along the Ala Wai Canal

May 21, 2014
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I’ve mentioned before in this blog that I’m a big fan of walking along rivers and canals in cities. Aside from the fact that it provides more attractive scenery for a long walk than navigating city streets surrounded by nothing but steel and stone buildings, there’s something about walking along rivers and canals that makes [...]

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Intro to Surf Culture: The Honolulu Surfing Museum

May 7, 2014
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If you are a cultural tourist like me, you probably scour the web for lists of museums in whatever city you’re next planning to visit. Pretty much every city has its “must sees”–places like the Louvre in Paris, the Prado in Madrid or the British Museum in London. And no matter how crowded they are, [...]

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Dining Around Honolulu, Part II

April 30, 2014
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I’m not much of a foodie, but I really love the dining options in Honolulu. On my recent January trip, I ate at some of my old favorites (like Tiki’s Grill and Bar) and tried a number of new places (like the Rainbow Drive-In, which I’ve already written about). I tried malasadas and deep-fried banana [...]

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The Kuhio Beach Torch Lighting Ceremony

April 16, 2014
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One of the best free things to do in Honolulu is saunter down to Kuhio Beach Park for the Torch Lighting Ceremony and Hula Show. It takes place a few nights a week and the start time changes based on the time of year, so be sure to check out the schedule online. The show [...]

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