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Getting More out of Maui: Volunteering and Giving Back

It doesn’t take long to realize there is something special about Hawaii. I was trying to explain it to a friend recently, to put in to words why my love for these islands runs so deep. Yes, Hawaii has beautiful beaches and lush mountains and fabulous opportunities for adventure, but it has something more. The people haven’t let their islands be converted into glorified cruise ship terminals.... read more

A Different Kind of Dive: Going Under in the Atlantis Submarine

I heard a light hum and squinted at what appeared to be a large white whale surfacing in the distance. My eyes widened. This was no sea mammal — it was a submarine, and I was about to board. I’m always surprised when non-divers tell me, “I could never do it, I’m too claustrophobic!” To be diving in the vast open ocean is the opposite of constricting, and I should know —... read more

Inside my Bag: Hawaii

Packing is probably my least favorite part of travel, and even pulling together a suitcase for something as blissful as ten days in Hawaii usually leaves me writing in agony on the floor of my closet. Still, I admit that this being my second time to the Aloha State, I had a much better idea of what to bring and what to leave behind. High heels? Hell no! Copious sunscreen and an automobile iPhone charger... read more

A Scuba Playground: Diving in Maui

By the time I arrived in Hawaii I was so desperate to be back in the water it was a feeling akin to homesickness. I hadn’t been diving in four months, which suddenly felt like four years. I couldn’t wait to strap on a tank and descend below the surface. On my previous trips to the islands I dived Oahu, Lana’i, and The Big Island, but Maui eluded me. This time, that would change. Pulling... read more

Catching Waves with Maui Surfer Girls

I have a goal. Someday, at some point in my life, I am going to head somewhere with great waves, rent a shack for a month or two, and surf every single day. At the end of the month I hope to emerge a decent enough surfer that along my travels, I can confidently rent a board for a day that combines two of my favorite things to do: being active and being in the water. That day has not yet come. Thus far the... read more

Taking a Bite Out of Maui

Did you know Hawaii imports 85-90% of its food? As the local food movement has taught us, eating food grown in our own communities is important for the economy, the environment, our health, and our ability to brag about our localganic diets. Snarking aside, one of the highlights of my trip to The Big Island in 2012 was learning about the island’s lively agricultural scene, which I thought at the time... read more

Happiness High above Haleakala

It’s hauntingly beautiful, immensely geographically and culturally significant, and home to more adrenaline-boosting activity options than you could cram into a week. The massive Haleakala volcano is Maui’s highest peak and makes up 75% of the island’s landmass — Haleakala is Maui, in so many ways. Hiking through the Haleakala National Park was one of the undisputed highlights of my... read more

Making My Way Back to Maui

Those of you who have been around for a while know that Hawaii is a place of almost spiritual significance to me. It brought me back to life at a time when I was feeling lost, and I’ve been scheming how to get back ever since the moment my six week stint there in late 2012 was over. But while Hawaii occupies a permanent corner in the back of my heart and mind, it’s not exactly the kind of place... read more

Love in Lake George

Between my back-to-back trips to Las Vegas and Maui, I had a very important reason to return to the East Coast for a mere fifty-two hours. The very first of my high school crew was getting hitched, and there was no way I was going to miss it. Amanda is one of my favorite people to catch up with whenever our busy schedules overlap, and reminiscing over our younger year antics — like our high school... read more

Photo of the Week 160

Greetings from JFK Airport! I’m curled up in Terminal 7, reminiscing about how quickly this stateside stint blew by. I spent the last week in Martha’s Vineyard enjoying island time in the new family cottage my mom has been working so hard to renovate and I couldn’t have ended on a higher note. Yesterday my sister asked me what I’m most looking forward to in the months of travel... read more

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