(Not quite) Wordless Wednesday #207 – Anthurium Macro

(Not quite) Wordless Wednesday #207 – Anthurium Macro

I didn’t take a lot of macro shots while in Hawaii, I barely took any photos with my “real” camera, I was too busy taking notes into my Moleskine! But I loved these anthurium (buds, pods?) which I spotted taking a bath while visiting Greenpoint Nurseries (part of my Hilo Grown Tour) and I took […]

Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

My base-camp while staying on the Hilo side of the Big Island was the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel.  Hilo is the working side of the island, driven by small businesses, a lot of them started by vets after World War II.  There are three main streets downtown and 500 businesses!  The Hilo Hawaiian Hotel may not […]

Hawaii – Hilo Grown Tour


Last week I shared a little of background about Hawaii’s agritourism and the forces behind it.  I had the pleasure of learning a lot about the topic from Lani Weigert when I visited Hamakua Mushrooms.  For my last day in Hilo I would actually eat, drink and breathe agritourism on an agricultural adventure called Hilo […]

Hawaii – AgriTourism

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“90% imported. 90% imported.” As I drove around visiting Greenwell Farms, Hamakua Mushrooms, Volcano Winery; as I had conversations with folks at hotels and looked a restaurant menus, I still found it crazy that 90% of produce to Hawaii is imported. It is crazy! Coming from California where produce – fresh and local – is […]

Hawaii – Volcano Winery

Inside Volcano Winery Tasting Room

Living in the San Francisco Bay Area with famous wine neighbors like Napa and Sonoma it is easy to take wineries for granted. And although there are wineries in every state now (really, I looked it up) that doesn’t always mean they are good! So when I received my itinerary for my trip to Hawaii […]

Hawaii: Hamakua Mushrooms


Ever had a super-fresh mushroom? Good, right? A luxury item? Maybe not.  But if you live in the Hawaiian islands, a fresh mushroom used to be unthinkable. Enter Bob Stanga.  Gentlemen farmer (with an interior designer wife) who just wanted to grow something in Hawaii.  Lucky Hawaiians, he chose mushrooms. The result?  Hamakua Heritage Farms […]

Hawaii for Foodies: Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort


After a fun day checking out Greenwell Coffee Farm and devouring some excellent poke from Da Poke Shack, I spent the evening enjoying another perfect Hawaiian sunset from my terrace at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. As I wrote before this place has a special place in my heart and I woke refreshed […]

Traveler Tuesday – David of Death to the Stock Photo


We all hate stock photography, but it is kind of a necessary evil.  I deal with it with my day job all the time.  I use stock photography here as well and try to be as selective as possible. Now there is something new and exciting.  I joined Death To The Stock Photography several months […]

Hawaii: Greenwell Farms


After a reflective evening and excellent first night’s sleep at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa I woke up ready to hit the road.  I spent the morning at the South Kona Green Market, a small farmer’s market in the Kona area. I poked around and picked up a small breakfast consisting of a […]

Hawaii: There and Back Again

Kohala Coast Hawaii

As I prepared for my trip to Hawaii, one that I took courtesy of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, I briefly shared a little bit about my previous trips in a post I did about islands and how they make me feel. So when I woke up [early!] to get to the airport I […]



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