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Kauai fest recalls the roots of the sugar cane industry

The history and culture of Kauai's south shore will be celebrated with a festival that pays tribute to its agricultural roots dating to the early 1800s.

Koloa Plantation Days will be held at various sites throughout Koala and neighboring Poipu on July 17-26. The celebration will honor the people from around the world who settled on the island to work in its sugar cane plantations.

Koloa is known as...

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Charm of Espelette, France, puts stop sign on road trip
The new 'X-Files' stars David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson and Vancouver, Canada
Best fireworks show in the U.S.? In Tennessee. In September.

There will be plenty of fireworks across the U.S. during the Fourth of July, but for the granddaddy of all pyrotechnics displays, you’ll have to wait until September in Bristol, Tenn.

Every year, the National Fireworks Assn. concludes its five-day trade show with two nights of gigantic fireworks displays. That gives the manufacturers, most of them from China, an opportunity to show off their latest...

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Reader recommendation: Paulina's Mexican Grill a filling stop before Vegas

Instead of eating at a fast-food place on the way to Las Vegas, Paulina's Mexican Grill in Victorville is a nice place to stop and get a meal. It is run by Paulina and her mom. Their description is accurate: "The place to come to enjoy true home-made Mexican food as if you were in your own home." The food is served promptly too. It is about two blocks from Interstate 15.

Paulina's Mexican Grill, 14845...

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Letters: Kudos for less-traveled destinations, cemetery finds, more

Thank you so much for your "A Fab Five" [June 28] articles on desirable destinations that are not yet overrun.

I had the privilege of growing up in a missionary family in the 1950s who managed to take me on exciting travels when cruise lines carried passengers in the hundreds instead of thousands, and when people on airlines were well-dressed and treated like royalty.

Much of the joy of travel has...

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