The island of Kauai feels blissfully untouristy. Diverse and compact, with no building taller than a coconut palm, it's an easy-to-explore paradise with an authentic local vibe. Here is the best the island has to offer.
Whether you're heading to the summit of Mount Haleakala or want a pleasant venture away from Maui's resort life, the island's quiet upcountry near Makawao and Kula is a compelling destination for libation lovers.
On the island of Maui, Ka'anapali beach resort may be best known for its fine sands, crystalline waters, and sublime views of Lanai and Molokai. But the island-style food here, as well as in nearby Lahaina, is also worth writing home about. Whether you crave seared ahi, local kalua pork, or Spam musubi (yes, that's a thing), here's where to eat when you're on the island.
After reevaluating a mounting wedding to-do list, my fiance and I nixed more adventurous ideas (Croatia, Colombia, Belize) for the lush and quiet Hawaiian island of Kauai for our honeymoon locale. Other than book hotels and flights from SFO we did no preplanning, and it was the best trip of my life.
Best Morning Swim: Makapuu Beach
I caught up with Jaynelle St. Jean, owner of Oakland's PieTisserie, last week at the Super Duper opening party. Not everyone can rock tan, high-waisted leggings, but Jaynelle wore them with confidence and she wore them well. I also love how her scarf and heels add color and instant sophistication to this otherwise casual outfit.
Do you know what sounds really good right now? Hawaii. And do you know what sounds even better? Going for free.
We were just alerted to Starwood Hawaii and Sony's "Show Your Aloha" photo contest, wherein the best photos of you Aloha-ing out win fabulous vacation packages to the islands. Just upload photos that showcase "what Aloha means to you" to the Starwood Hawaii Facebook page between now and September 30 for a chance to win trips plus Sony camera gear. http://www.facebook.com/StarwoodHawaii
Do it. It's hump day. This will give you hope.