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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

January 18, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Flying the old-fashioned way in Hawaii

Getting to and from the Hawaiian island of Molokai truly was half the fun. I flew on Mokulele Airlines to and from Molokai via Honolulu on a tiny 9-passenger Cessna prop plane. Baggage-checking and baggage claim takes about one minute and passengers stroll across the Tarmac to clamber aboard. Every seat is a window seat and…

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Comments | More in Hawaii, Trip reports | Topics: cessna, Hawaii, mokulele airlines

January 17, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Molokai’s lovely and winding road

The road to the isolated, undeveloped east tip of the Hawaiian island of Molokai is one of the most gorgeous roads I’ve ever driven.  And, for a paved road, its last eight miles are the narrowest and most twisting I’ve driven. The road hangs off steep cliffs above the ocean, squeezes around dozens of   blind hairpin…

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Comments | Topics: beach, Hawaii, Molokai

January 16, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Slowing down on Molokai

I arrived on the Hawaiian island of Molokai, during a week-long trip in the islands, just in time for a three-hour-long torrential rainstorm that had everyone talking and splashing through deep puddles.  But today the sun was back, the Seattle-like gloom gone and the island sparkling again from its thickly forested 4,000-foot ridges to the…

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Comments | More in Hawaii, Trip reports | Topics: Hawaii, Kalaupapa, Molokai

January 15, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Yes, it rains in paradise

Forget the mai tai at an outdoors bar,  forget the sunset on the beach. A  heavy rainstorm swept across the Hawaiian islands Monday, drenching both Honolulu and the small island of Molokai where I’m staying.  I scurried back to my room and climbed under  the covers to warm up for the evening. On Molokai, locals welcomed…

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Comments | More in Hawaii | Topics: Hawaii, Molokai, weather