Few travel destinations boast as ambitious a traditional slogan as Maui, Hawaii. The phrase, in Hawaiian, is "Maui No Ka Oi," meaning "Maui is the best."
King Kamehameha favored the sunny west side of the Big Island of Hawaii, the Kona and Kohala Coast.
A kind of travel, which might be called "comfortable soft adventure" or "luxury adventure," has become the style of choice for an increasing number of travelers. Hawaii's island of Kauai is one of the better places on earth to experience this phenomenon.
Kauai, Hawaii, is an unusual travel destination because many of the premier travel experiences are free or low cost, available to all.
Hawaii's undeveloped island of Molokai offers a mule ride down to the leper colony, where Father Damien de Veuster helped the lepers at Kalawao and the St. Philomena Church. and at Kalaupappa. Hike also up the Halawa Valley to see historic plantings of taro. The locals gather at Hotel Molokai for Kapuna night, strumming their ukuleles.
Hawaii became available dependably and year round on the cruise scene, due to the commitment of Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) to position an American-flagged vessel, now Pride of America, in Hawaiian waters.
For more than 30 years my four sisters and I, accompanied by our parents, spouses, significant others, and children, gathered for an annual summer family reunion.
Some of Hawaii’s top chefs got together to demonstrate their culinary and cultural passions. I was fortunate enough to be one of the tasters.