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My tribute to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

By On June 17, 2016

I was eight years old when lava fountains from Kīlauea Volcano began building a cinder and spatter cone hundreds of feet high, spewing thick, chunky lava that later wiped out the towns… Read More


#CatTravels: One last look at New Zealand

By On May 26, 2016

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#CatTravels #40Trails: No. 18: Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand

By On April 21, 2016

HIKE: Tongariro Alpine Crossing, North Island, New Zealand WHEN: April 2016 LENGTH: 12.1 miles, one way DIFFICULTY: Challenging FEATURES: Barren volcanic landscape; craters; fairly high altitudes; native plants; geothermal steam vents; emerald… Read More


#40trails No. 17: Mānoa Falls, O‘ahu

By On February 18, 2016

HIKE: Mānoa Falls, O‘ahu WHEN: February 2016 LENGTH: 1.6 miles roundtrip DIFFICULTY: Easy; great for novices, kids, families and leashed dogs FEATURES: Well-worn trail, valley scenery, often wet and muddy, mosquitos (so… Read More


#40trails No. 16: Going solo on Kuli‘ou‘ou Ridge, O‘ahu

By On January 4, 2016

HIKE: Kuli‘ou‘ou Ridge, O‘ahu WHEN: January 2016 LENGTH: 5-mile roundtrip DIFFICULTY: Fairly easy, especially the first two-thirds of the trail; more challenging to the summit FEATURES: Gradual switchbacks, usually dry and shady,… Read More