Hawaii

Hiking Diamond Head, Oahu

The vista from the top of Diamond Head is impressive. According to signage at this National Natural Landmark site, more than a million visitors summit the volcano each year—for good reason. Its relatively moderate slope, short length, and stunning view make it ideal for both casual and experienced hikers, as long as they can handle...

Living With Aloha

Aloha was the first Hawaiian word I learned, long ago. As a kid, it was funny to have one word mean both “hello” and “goodbye”; in my young mind, those two things were very different.

Over the years, I’ve heard much reference to the “aloha spirit”. Like this 2013 Politico article that ponders whether Hawaiian native President Barack Obama lost...

The Importance of Surfing in Hawaii

When Polynesians brought surfing to Hawaii in the fourth century, they mostly played in the surf on belly boards, only occasionally standing up on them. Hawaiians are recognized for developing the modern sport of stand-up surfing we know today. Peter Westwick and Peter Neushul, authors of The World in the Curl: An Unconventional History of Surfing, also credit the...

Hawaiian Rainbows

Soon after arriving on Oahu, my parents and I were driving down the inland highway on our way to the North Shore. On this one-hour journey through the mountains, we must have seen five rainbows as it rained on and off.

“Oh, yeah, to see rainbows here is just like,” my brother said as he shrugged his shoulders when we mentioned this to him. “You’ll see...