Archives for September, 2012

The Kauai Coast

I am drawn to the uninhabited places of the world, a kind of strange pull on my person which is likely what led me to Antarctica, to the middle of the Atlantic, and way out Woop Woop. In Hawaii, my search for wilderness took me to Kauai, Hawaii’s Garden Island, a place so steep and…

Rainbow-Flavored

When you can’t make up your mind, try them all. This is my rule with most good food, such as doughnuts, pizza, M&Ms, cupcakes, jelly beans, and chocolate truffles. Endless choice plagues America with endless indecision, be they in the half-mile long grocery aisle offering up several hundred varieties of the same food, or in…

Honolulu Holiday

Should I get a foot massage and then go shooting, or vice versa? This was the toughest choice I faced in Honolulu as I explored the palm-fringed, glass-plated, concrete commercial jungle that is Waikiki. As an American, I felt at home amid the man-made shopping mall habitat; as a mainlander, I was starstruck by the…

Ella’s Reef

Snorkeling in the mud is truly disheartening, but this is exactly how we all spent the morning—in waist-deep saltwater mud, hovering over stark sea grass beds, wishing for a photogenic coral reef that wasn’t there. All week long, the NG Kids had begged me to go snorkeling. They had seen the colorful brochures of masked…

Pearly Shells

I’m not sure this is a good idea—taking kids to the cemetery. This whole trip to Hawaii was supposed to be a prize. Over 1,500 children competed  by writing essays (“Why would you like to explore this Hawaiian island”), accompanied by a hand-drawn picture illustrating what they hoped to see here. I read the four…