Four Seasons in an Endless Summer Setting

Despite its Endless Summer image, Hawaii does have four distinct seasons. In this case, however, it’s Four Seasons – Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Four Seasons Resort Hawaii at Hualalai, Four Seasons Lanai at Manele Bay and Four Seasons Lanai: The Lodge at Koele. I’ve had the pleasure of visiting each of these beauties, with my most recent stay at the Four Seasons Resort Maui that’s perched on a white-sand crescent of Pacific...

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North Shore Nirvana, from Above

Steve Wood is a down to earth fellow who places a high value on the solitude that comes with heading off the beaten path. Raised in the hamlet of Hutton, North Somerset, England, “Woody” landed on Oahu during an around-the-world sojourn in 1997. While taking a leisurely drive along coastal Kamehameha Highway, the adventure lover instantly fell for the island’s mellow North Shore. Woody was so smitten, in fact, that he made this laid...

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Coveting Kō

I’ve been a die-hard fan of the Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui (www.Fairmont.com/KeaLani) in Wailea Resort since it opened in December 1991. In fact, I was fortunate to stay at the property in its opening month. But it had been awhile since I enjoyed my most recent stay in this all-suite beachfront resort. So it was natural to notice a few subtle changes. No doubt that the most pleasant of these was the addition of Kō, an al fresco eatery...

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Kea Lani Decadence

On a recent Maui visit, I opted to stay at a resort that’s been a favorite of mine since it opened in 1991. Great for families because of it spacious suite design – but also ideal for couples thanks to the privacy factor – the Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui (www.fairmont.com/kealani) is the only luxury all-suite and villa oceanfront resort of all the hotels and resorts in Hawaii. And the fact that’s tucked toward a quiet end of sunny Polo...

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Big Coffee, Big Island, Hawaii

My most recent Big Island visit perked up when I attended the annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, Hawaii’s longest running ag event that’s been a major part of the island’s cultural complexion for some four decades. Picking up steam among connoisseurs, Kona Coffee consists exclusively of beans grown on the western slopes of Hualalai and Mauna Loa in a strip extending south from Holualoa to Honaunau. More than 670 farms create a...

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