This month’s desktop calendar wallpaper features a water lily floating in a pond on the grounds of the Four Seasons at Manele Bay in Lanai, Hawaii.
January 2013 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: Pond Lily - Lanai, HI

This is the February 2013 offering for our desktop calendar series – always free and available for iPad too! Get your February 2013 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper!  I took this photo of a water lily pond at the Four Seasons Resort at Manele Bay. We were on Lanai because Chris had been invited to participate in the island’s  inaugural New […]


A night in Paia, a surfer town on Maui North Shore, along with dinner at the well-known Mama’s Fish House.
Surfboard fence on Maui

After exploring Upcountry Maui for a magazine assignment, I spent one night in the surf town of Paia, in the center of Maui’s North Shore. As you can see by these photos, the North Shore on this island is much like it is on Oahu – a surfing paradise. This shot was taken from the […]


Discovering Upcountry Maui, the laid-back center of the island that’s also home to many organic farms and galleries.
Upcountry Maui

I took a three-night trip to Maui for a magazine assignment last week. While I’ve been to the island before, I hadn’t strayed too far from the resort towns of Lahaina and Wailea (other than a day spent with my family driving on the twisty road to Hana) so both the rural area known as […]


A look beyond the resorts: visiting Lana’i City, including Hotel Lana’i and Lana’i City Grille, the island’s best upscale restaurant.
Lanai City

Many visitors to Lana’i don’t realize exactly how small Lana’i is.  With only 2,800 residents –  and that’s including the ones who only stay on the island part-time  – the population is much less than the other Hawaiian islands. Which leads to close quarters in the island’s only town, Lana’i City. A T-shirt in the […]


For such a small island, Lana’i has it made in the luxury department, with two Four Seasons to choose from. A look at the Four Seasons Lodge at Koele.
Lanai Four Seasons Lodge at Koele

My time as a New Media Artist in Residence on Lana’i allowed me to experience not just one of Four Seasons resort, but two.  After our nights by the beach at Manele Bay, we moved up to The Lodge at Koele for two nights. To be honest, I wasn’t sure about The Lodge when we […]


Looking for things to do in Lanai, Hawaii? A look at off-roading around the island with a Jeep rental.
Lanai Jeep Rental

One of the things that my husband liked most about our Visit Lana’i trip was the chance to take a Jeep rental out for a spin on the island’s rugged red dirt roads. We have two Jeeps at home, and one of our favorite things to do in the summer is take the roof and […]

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Shooting for the first time, at the Lana’i Pine Sporting Clays.
Shooting for first time, Lanai Sporting Clays

Until my trip to Lana’i this month, I had never shot a gun. In fact, I’m not sure I had really even held a gun, despite the fact that my parents – who grew up in the country in Western Pennsylvania -did have guns in our house growing up.  A pacifist, an animal lover and […]


A Lana’i daytrip off the beaten path to Shipwreck Beach and Garden of the Gods.
Garden of the Gods Hawaii

Southwest Arizona? Australia Outback? Nope ,this picture is from the Garden of the Gods on Lana’i – which illustrates how different the island is from the rest of Hawaii. More arid than Hawaii’s other islands, Lana’i has more pines than palms. Driving around the isolated corners of the island (most of Lana’i’s residents live in […]


Aloha, Lanai: Snuba Diving in Hawaii

by Chris on February 12, 2011

Snuba diving in Hawaii, on Lanai’s Hulopo’e Beach and Marine Reserve with Trilogy Excursions.
Snuda diving, Hawaii

One of my favorite activities during my time spent as a New Media Artist in Residence on Lana’i was the chance to go snuba diving in Hawaii’s calm, clear waters. What is snuba? Essentially, it’s a cross between snorkeling and SCUBA diving, designed to give people who aren’t quite ready to really swim with the […]


The Kardashian moment of my #VisitLanai trip: creating a signature scent at the Four Seasons Resort of Manele Bay in Lanai
Signature scent, Four Seasons at Manele Bay, Lanai, #VisitLanai

I’m not exactly a girly girl. My manicures chip, my makeup wears off  and now that I’m in Seattle, I wear too many hoodies. Yet my secret diva self is much like Kim Kardashian – and I love experiences that are custom built to my  tastes (I mean, really, who doesn’t?) So when I found […]

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