Tag Archives: Hawaii


Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

When I was in Hawaii the volcanoes weren’t active at Volcanoes National Park, so if you’re cheated out of lava-flow photo ops, what else can you take pictures of?

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Law & Murder

On my trip to Hawaii in March I saw all seven national parks. (Read more about my adventures here, here, here, and here.) The most fascinating of the bunch was Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Park on the Big Island, and no, I can’t possibly pronounce it. When you get that many vowels involved I just throw up my hands and order a margarita. What’s fascinating […]

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Hawaiian Highs

Maui is one of those strange places that’s both unbelievably beautiful yet feels like a regular town where people live and work. I’d rented a car – a tiny white clown car I’m pretty sure was run on hamster power – and driving from the airport to my hotel I found myself muttering, over and over again, Wow. Wow. Wow. Almost everywhere you looked was […]

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Where Hawaiians Went to Die

What better way to follow up my maudlin Pearl Harbor experience than a visit to Molokai, land of fatal disease and forced isolation. Fun! Turns out it actually was fun. And fascinating. Sad, definitely. Also, beautiful.

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Crying on Oahu

Despite wondering if a giant wall of water might kill me, the Hawaii trip was fabulous. I visited four of the seven islands – Oahu, Molokai, Maui, and the Big Island – and saw all seven of Hawaii’s national parks. It was a relatively complicated trip to plan, what with all the island hopping and a weekend trip to Guam. (More about that later, but […]

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The Shame of Luck

I was in Hawaii when the Japanese tsunami hit, and this post telling the story is much longer than usual, part of a book-length manuscript I’m working on. It’s also more serious than the norm, so I hope you like it. Back to regularly scheduled programming next time. After a day exploring Haleakala National Park I was watching Law & Order in my hotel room […]

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