On my seventh trip to Maui, I flew there on less than 24 hours notice. The mission: visit Maui in three days, with three types of accommodations, in three different towns. The methodology: choose one bed and breakfast, one large beach resort, and one vacation rental. All accommodations had to be affordable, centrally located, clean, […]
Seattleites survive winter with frequent trips to Hawaii. This message had been drilled into me since moving to the Pacific Northwest. Five winters later, I had endured enough and booked my plane ticket. I chose Maui for its beautiful beaches and spectacular scenery. I chose the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea for its luxurious accommodations and […]
The soil on the Hawaiian island of Lanai is dry and red, just as it is (or supposed to be) on Mars. Wherever there is a forest or a green patch, the greenery is lush, with healthy species of pine, ironwood, eucalyptus, banyan, flowering shrubs, and ferns. Cook pine, purposefully planted, which retains and emits […]
Every year before going on vacation, I dream of white sandy beaches, watery cocktails, and cheap whodunits in paperbacks. Spending all day lounging in the sun doing nothing seems so heavenly. Then, while on the beach of my dreams, I inevitably catch myself planning to drive to a couple more places “since we’re already here.”
Have you ever visited Kauai? Chances are if you have you saw terrific beaches, great hotels, world-class golfing, sweet local restaurants, and (if you got really lucky) the elusive “green flash,” which supposedly appears on the famous North Shore of the island just as the sun dips below the horizon.
Vacationing in Hawai’i is a big part of the American dream. When this dream comes true, it’s everything you’ve been hoping for, and more. I planned our summer getaway to make my diver husband happy, and to let myself enjoy the not-so-active part of our vacation. I really needed to relax and get away from […]
When I had the opportunity to participate in a five-day yoga retreat in Kauai, I jumped at the chance. Kauai is one of the world’s most sacred places, located on an energy vortex along with New Zealand and Sedona. The retreat took place during 11/11/11, which was an auspicious date for transformation.
In our dialed-in society of well-versed travelers, it is such a delight to discover a new hotel that caters to those who desire privacy, especially in our beloved Hawaiian islands, to escape from it all, so to speak. Kauai, the 4th largest Hawaiian island, has is own distinct personality which sets it apart from the […]
We were traveling on the internet down-low: packaged, last-minute, and with a “beach-friendly” sticker price. I had been longing for something off-track—coastal Lima or an obscure Columbian island I’d heard of while in Honduras—but I had already traipsed my fiancé through the off-season Mexican jungle just months ago, and he decided to put his foot […]