October 23, 2010 |
While visiting the Hawaiian island of Kauai , Marion Levy of Los Angeles spent some time on Poipu Beach . The ocean was rougher than she expected, and she said she had to body surf back to shore. “This was not my intention as I am 75 years old,” she wrote to us in a letter that is publishing in the Oct. 24 Los Angeles Times Travel section. About an hour after she got back to shore, her heart sank when she glanced down at her hands: Her wedding ring, a cherished keepsake that carried an inscription from 1896, was gone.
April 18, 2010 |
As with many adventure stories, this one started in a bar. Sipping a post-work CoCoNut Porter at the Yard House in Waikiki with Jim — a family friend who's well connected in the sailing world — I imposed the request that led to the story. "You've got to get me on a sail to Maui," I said to Jim. "You want to go to Kauai this weekend?" he replied. Lucky for me, Capt. Jon Jepson was sailing Makani, a 65-foot catamaran, to Port Allen, Kauai, for a private charter bound for the Na Pali Coast.
April 18, 2010 |
Visitors to Kauai who venture beyond the beach may be rewarded with a few hours in a town where time has slowed, at a Hindu monastery high in the hills, a small museum chronicling the history of Kauai and a garden of the gods. HANAPEPE On a typical day in Hanapepe, a sleepy town on Kauai's south shore, roosters strut across the wide main street, a parrot named Tabasco greets you at an art gallery, and a sign on the door of a boutique explains that the owner has gone to the bank but will return soon.
November 15, 2009 |
Here on the North Shore, a land so beautiful that any building seems an intrusion, a glitzy palace of a hotel that opened in 1985 as the Sheraton Princeville has shed its European pretensions and emerged haute Hawaiian. The St. Regis Princeville Resort reopened on Sept. 26 after more than a year and $100 million in much-needed renovations. Its old, Eurocentric decor was meant to recognize the Hawaiian monarchy's ties to Europe: Princeville is named for Prince Albert Edward, son of Hawaiian King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma, who enjoyed visiting Kauai's North Shore.
August 13, 2009 |
The thriller "A Perfect Getaway" may have been set on the lush Hawaiian island of Kauai but most of it was shot in Puerto Rico. "Everything within the first 50 feet of the camera looked great," visual effects supervisor Tim Carras said. "But the difference was the terrain that exists in the background. Kauai has really tall, cathedral-like mountains with rain in the middle." Puerto Rico is much flatter. To fix this, Carras and Josh Comen of Comen FX added 200 visual effects to create mountains and backgrounds.
June 28, 2009 |
You can now brush elbows with the treetops in the Big Bear Lake area on five new zip lines that will get you zooming through forests and over canyons. On guided tours, participants experience "zipping toward the lake, 90 feet in the air," said Terilynn Bondeson of Flying Bear Zip Lines, a division of Lodestone Adventures. You can see the lake from all of the zip-line routes, and four out of the five, she said, offer really great lake views. One tour, the "Black Bear," involves three zip trips and runs 1 1/2 to two hours for $65 per person; the other, the "Grizzly Bear," consists of five zip trips and goes 2 1/2 to three hours for $85 per person.
April 26, 2009 |
Here's the deal: For some travelers a vacation is a time of indulgence. No argument here; indulge away. But I like to earn my indulgences. Rather than laze by the pool with a plate of nachos, I like to move when I'm traveling. Being presented with swooningly good Dizzy Lizzy cookies upon our arrival in Kauai spurred my resolve. Investing a little sweat equity would mean I could have my cake -- in this case, cookies -- and eat them guilt-free.