Sunset, Mauanlua Bay

A virtual postcard: I can’t say this enough. The best way to see a place is with people who live there. And I am so lucky to have made friends here in Hawaii with people who are fun and kind and good company. I spent the morning at Shangri-La with Lance, who told me lots …
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Hawaii “Polaroids”

As they appear in this slideshow: What’s Hawaii without Elvis? Inside Bailey’s Antiques and Aloha Shirts. At Bailey’s, you can buy, among other things, a pale yellow aloha shirt with a ukulele on the back for a mere 3000 dollars. On Kalakaua, Duke Kahanamoku perpetually raises your faded leis like an offering to the high …
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On Kalakaua Avenue

Mysteries. Drop dead handsome surfer type in shorts and a t-shirt. Perfect sandy blond hair, straight almost to his shoulders, that deep tan that shows he lives outside. He could be a fashion model. He’s on the sidewalk, not far from the statue of Duke Kahanamoku, pacing furiously, a bible in one hand, the other …
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Review: Cedarbrook Lodge

Heads up: Our stay was hosted by the hotel. We paid for tips, only. We were totally spoiled and I loved the place. I’m going to sound kind of like a shill but I’m not, you’ll have to trust me on this. The pics are mine, shot with a D200 in daylight with a fixed …
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Focus

I sucked as an expat. As an inveterate traveler, this was shameful to me, I was embarrassed by the bouts of homesickness. I was ashamed of the days I spent bleakly staring at what was, by all accounts, a breathtakingly beautiful landscape and wishing, with all my might, that I was elsewhere. I felt awkward …
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An Unexpected World Tour

We dropped the car at the dealer at about 10 am in the heart of Renton’s auto row. We hadn’t arranged for alternative transportation — we didn’t know how long it would take but there was no place we had to be. I’d checked the map earlier to find a place for coffee — we …
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