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March 1, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Cheap and scenic: Take the bus around Oahu

Recently I wrote about taking a spectacularly scenic drive around the Hawaiian island of  Oahu, suggesting places to stop and sightsee along the way. But Seattle Times reader Bronson Swanson has a suggestion:  Instead of driving a rental car, take the city bus on the same route. It saves money  and the environment, says Swanson. The bus…


0 Comments | More in Hawaii, Scenic drive | Topics: North Shore, Oahu, TheBus

December 10, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Learning about life in Hawaii through obituaries

When I travel, I always get the local newspaper (provided I can read the language) to get the flavor of a city’s life and politics.  And I always read the obituaries because, in death, you can learn a lot about the lives and legacy of individuals and the culture of a place.

I’m in Honolulu and have been reading the obituaries in The Honolulu Star-Advertiser.  As in everything Hawaiian, the obituaries are a rich multicultural mix including  people of Filipino, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese and native Hawaiian backgrounds.

One obituary in particular caught my eye, of a 93-year-old woman named Te’amalelalolagi Lale Igafo-Saole. Born in 1920 in American Samoa, she would have witnessed vast changes in Samoa and Hawaii, from World War II through today’s mass tourism.  But it was her personal history that struck me; she leaves behind  five children, 66 grandchildren and


0 Comments | More in Hawaii | Topics: Oahu, obituaries, Pray for Sex beach

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…


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