A few years ago when I did an article on Waikiki on the Cheap, I discovered the worth-waking-up-early-for Saturday farmers market at the community college parking lot on the road to Diamond Head. Not only was there local produce such as papaya and starfruit, there were glorious tropical flowers to take back to the rented…More
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Aloha from Kauai. I’m in Hawaii for a week to do reporting for some future Seattle Times stories, and I already have a Kauai secret to share if you’re headed this way any time soon. It has to do with timing your trip up the long, steep and winding road to one of the rainiest places on…More
Eleven people have drowned so far this year in Kauai, almost triple the number who drowned in the same period last year on the Hawaiian island. Some have been swept off remote beaches by large waves, others have died trying to cross streams while hiking on the island’s Napali coast.
Hawaiian leaders are very concerned, and trying to educate tourists about the dangers, especially those who go to swim or walk at the wilder, more remote beaches. Wave conditions can change very quickly, and many tourists are not aware of the ocean currents that can rapidly carry them away from the shore. (Tourists also have drowned on other Hawaiian islands this year, including two vacationers from Washington state on Maui, but Kauai has had the most drownings.)
On a visit to Kauai in January, shortly after two people had drowned on the island,More
Has Maui gotten too commercial? Is Lanai a secret treasure? Is Oahu tops because of the surfer’s paradise on the North Shore? Northwest Traveler is starting every week with a new topic in our Monday Survey, and this week Hawaii-loving readers responded with their views on the best islands of aloha. Now, it’s time for the…More