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Hotel Molokai the One and Only

June 16, 2015 6 Comments »

hotel molokai sunrise

They say one is the loneliest number, but not when you are the only hotel on the Hawaiian Island of Molokai. In fact, if I were to put my business education to work, one is a pretty great number when you are on the supply side of the supply and demand equation. Hotel Molokai is […]

My Kauai Base Camp

April 24, 2014 1 Comment »

Kauai lodging

I walked into base camp covered in mud and sweat, carrying my camera and backpack. I must have looked exhausted to those around me as they stared at me bit too long. I couldn’t wait to clean up, get some food, and lay down to assess the day and fall into a deep, deserved sleep. […]

Napali Coast by Air and Sea

April 22, 2014 11 Comments »

how to see the napali coast

How do you get to see the most beautiful coastline in the United States when there are no roads to get there? You’ve got 3 options – hike in, boat in, or fly in. On my recent trip to Kauai surprisingly I passed on the first option and instead visited the Napali Coast by air […]

Poi Day in Kauai is Much More than Just Making Poi

April 15, 2014 5 Comments »

poi making kauai hawaii

“I’ve been coming to poi day since 2001, “ his eyes crinkled in a smile as he fiddled with his fishing net, “I like to come meet people and talk story.” Charlie said. ‘Uncle’ Charlie was one of many old timers I met who showed up every Thursday to make poi as part of a […]

Kauai From Above

April 11, 2014 13 Comments »

Kauai Helicopter Tour photography

Being on the ground hiking and beach-combing in Kauai is great – but nothing beats taking to the air to see this lush island in its entirety.  I flew doors off with Jack Harter Helicopters – the originator of helicopter tours on Kauai.  Based on the number of helicopters I saw taking off and landing […]

Sherry Ott’s Day Off

February 18, 2014 10 Comments »

school locker

“Hello, Ms. Ott.” A group of kids said to me as we passed by each other. As I continued to walk down the path I looked around and saw a group of students on the campus lawn basking in the warm Hawaiian sun, suddenly they started waving at me and yelling “Hello!”. I returned the […]

Heading Back to the Office

January 22, 2014 18 Comments »

Iolani School Keables Chair

I read the schedule of presentations I was doing and then noticed something foreign on the list – “Office Hours.” I –  the woman who left the office 7 ½ years ago – was going to have office hours. Well, this was a strange twist in my ever-evolving life. It was the last day of […]

Maui Surf Lessons: Becoming a Gnarly Surfer Girl

December 5, 2013 15 Comments »

Maui Surfing Lessons

A lanky bronzed guy with a baseball hat came up to us and said, “Hi, I’m your surf instructor.” Hmmmm – something is wrong with this picture. My Maui Surfer Girls instructor is a male.  That wasn’t quite what I was expecting – I felt as if I had already wiped out my Maui surf […]

Kahekili Highway: Maui’s Most Adrenaline Infused Drive

December 3, 2013 29 Comments »

Kahekili Highway Maui

“Oh Lord, please, please, please don’t let me meet another car on this road.” I thought to myself as I drove like a 90-year-old man. I had scooted up on the edge of my seat, hands at 2 and 10, knuckles white from gripping the steering wheel intensely, and my nose was practically on the […]