The big paddle

THE BIG PADDLE: Guides with Kayak Kauai drag a boat ashore in a surf landing at Polihale Beach State Park, at the end of the day-long paddle of the Na Pali coast.

This is the "Everest of sea kayaking," but the day's peak experience will have nothing to do with a high mountain.

Smile, you're in ukulele country

Guardians of Lanai

A rare underwater world

Smile, you're in ukulele country

PATRIARCH: At 90, Fred Kamaka remains a lively ambassador for the ukulele factory which bears his family name.

Nothing sets the humiliation bar higher than learning how to play the ukulele.

Guardians of Lanai

BLUE HORIZON: A view of Lanai, rising from the deep blue waters of Hawaii.

There's place where the paths of two men intersect, where, in different centuries, both had a vision.

First came a fin

SWIMMING WITH DOLPHINS: I've seen hundreds of dolphins from my surfboard and boat before, but never have I had the surreal experience of swimming amongst them

A dolphin slept with me. A whole pod, in fact. And it was bloody mind-blowing.

A taste of unspoiled Hawaii

Halawa Valley in Eastern Molokai.

For a taste of a Hawaii barely touched by tourism, there is Molokai.

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