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Jewels of the sea from French Polynesia's Gambier Islands

published about 10 hours ago
Jewels of the sea from French Polynesia's Gambier Islands
It was harvest time in this remote archipelago where French Polynesians produce the South Seas' most treasured pearls.

The grim, lingering legacy of despot Jesuit priest Honore Laval

published about 11 hours ago
The grim, lingering legacy of despot Jesuit priest Honore Laval
French Jesuit Father Honoré Laval, intent on creating "a settlement of God," established a despotic rule over the Gambiers soon after he landed in 1834.

At the Big Island's Kahua Ranch, a view from the clouds

published about 11 hours ago
At the Big Island's Kahua Ranch, a view from the clouds
The Big Island beaches are lovely, but it's those magnificent mountains that call my name. I wanted to hop the fences and climb the hills, turn down every country lane to see where it led, go around the next bend in the road because the view might be even better. What was there to discover? A lot,...

It's easy to settle into cowboy life on Big Island's Kahua Ranch

published about 11 hours ago
It's easy to settle into cowboy life on Big Island's Kahua Ranch
The Kahua Ranch experience is unique in the Hawaiian Islands, where opportunities are rare for visiting, much less staying, on a private working ranch. Other major ranches on the Big Island, including the largest, Parker Ranch, accept a limited number of visitors, if at all.

Celebrating and savoring breadfruit in Hana, Hawaii

published about 11 hours ago
Celebrating and savoring breadfruit in Hana, Hawaii
Before I was asked to judge the breadfruit cook-off at Hana's week-long Festivals of Aloha in October, I had never actually sampled the fruit, a member of the fig family.