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June 3, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Farmers markets are an every-day thing (almost) on Kauai

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…

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April 26, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Hawaii drownings increase; should airlines show video warning?

 

Queen's Bath, on Kauai's north shore, can be so dangerous from unexpectedly large waves that some tourism officials don't want to tell visitors where it is. (AP photo)

Queen’s Bath, on Kauai’s north shore, can be so dangerous from unexpectedly large waves that some tourism officials don’t want to tell visitors where it is. (AP photo)

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,

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February 15, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Cast your ballot now: What is Hawaii’s best island?

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…

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Comments | Topics: Big Island, favorite Hawaiian island, Hawaii