July 15, 1990 |
I came in search of old Hawaii, an image grown dim, and discovered it upcountry on the slopes of Mt. Hualalai--in a gentle village given over to the simple pleasures of a distant past. Tradewinds scatter plumeria blossoms along Mamalahoa Road and the sun rises high over the Pacific. And although the calendar says July, the Kona Hotel remains festooned with Christmas lights and wreaths that remain from the holidays.
October 19, 1986 |
The Big Island is a land of superlatives, of sights and sounds and smells and things to taste and touch and do that will awaken your passions. It's an island of surf, hulas and blue ocean stretching to the horizon. Of sugar cane harvesters, papaya pickers and cowboys. On Hawaii you expect palm trees, not cowboys. But there are hundreds of them: Hawaiian cowboys in boots and blue jeans and broad-brimmed hats and orchid-splashed shirts.
June 11, 1995 |
For some Hawaii residents, the question is a personal one. A little too personal. "Why would I want to tell the rest of the world the answer to that?" responded one Honolulu woman when asked to name her favorite beach in Hawaii. "One of the things that's special about the places we most like to go is their privacy and quiet." Her reluctance highlights the love-hate relationship Hawaii's 1 million residents have with the 6.
April 8, 1990 |
With summer approaching, I have been reflecting on places I have a particular fondness for. One tempts fate, of course, when one meddles with the past--resurrecting the imagery of spent moments, reflecting on joys that surfaced spontaneously, only to pass as some rare and remembered dawn. Still, while such moments cannot be replayed, the destinations call to the heart to return.
May 5, 1991 |
There is water everywhere at the resort called Mauna Lani on the Big Island of Hawaii. The slow-down, cool-down immersion begins the moment you step into the atrium lobby and hear the splash of waterfalls and the gurgle of saltwater pools that are bright with coral-reef fish. It goes on with the boom of the sea, which, from a beach or a balcony, plays a constant Pacific overture: part angry brass, mostly soothing woodwinds.
January 2, 2000 |
Sloths, monkeys, macaws and crocodiles await visitors to the rain forest in Costa Rica on trips with naturalist Paul Abravaya, Feb. 19 to 27 and April 8 to 16. Guests will see hanging gardens of epiphytes; stay at Hotel Villa Lapas, which borders Carara Biological Reserve; and visit Jaco Beach and Manuel Antonio National Park. They will explore the Carara Reserve on a guided walk through the rain forest and then travel to the Tilajari Resort and Nature Preserve in the Arenal Volcano area.
October 6, 1996 |
If you want to avoid Aunt Agnes' dry turkey and attaching 30,000 Christmas lights to the roof, you have a good excuse: Just tell them you'll be away for the holidays. Here is a round-up of tours to facilitate your escape: Mexican Holiday Baja California Tours is offering a Day of the Dead holiday tour to Tijuana, Mexico, Nov. 1. The Mexican holiday is usually celebrated in a graveyard in the wee hours of Nov. 2. But guests for this tour leave San Diego at 9:30 a.m.
September 23, 2007 |
If Elizabeth O'Keefe is anything, she's a minimalist. For more than a decade, O'Keefe, 55, has lived in a Silver Lake apartment that's just 450 square feet -- the size of some walk-in closets. To conserve energy, she hangs her clothes out to dry in the morning sun. She avoids turning on the heater in her apartment, instead lighting an array of large candles to cut the chill on winter nights. When her television broke, she began listening to her cherished Dodger baseball games on the radio.