My reflective piece on Waikiki’s International Market Place is up on the Spirit of Aloha web site. I chose to write on this, even though I have to be coerced bodily into going there. I couch my insights about the market in remembrances of growing up, when at the anxious age of 15, my friends and I would “cruise Waiks”–code for driving up and down Waikīkī, on Kalākaua and Kūhiō avenues, then strut the sidewalks of what then seemed like a very big city.

Both this article and the one I’m working on for the next issue, September/October: Daytripping in the Islands, force me out of local mode into what could be called local-tourist mode, joining childhood imaginings with adult knowledge

Look for my article on hiking Diamond Head–something I’ve never done–in September, where with any luck I’ll artfully reinvent this staple visitor adventure.

Read the International Market Place piece by clicking here.

Photo linked to Spirit of Aloha, Mahalo!