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

  • Tiny Hawaiian chapel's big surprise: a fresco by France's Jean Charlot
    Tiny Hawaiian chapel's big surprise: a fresco by France's Jean Charlot

    Above the Kahua Ranch Retreat is a small green chapel, moved there in the early 1950s by Ronald von Holt, one of the ranch's first owners. The quaint wooden structure, built in the 1840s in the now-abandoned town of Kawaihae Uka, has been lovingly restored. Sunday services are held here twice a...

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

  • Polynesian cultivators share their pearls of wisdom
    Polynesian cultivators share their pearls of wisdom

    Mangarevan perle cultivateur Gabriel Teakaruto steered the motorboat across the lagoon to his family's turquoise-painted "graft house," perched on pilings above the water. Already wet-suited to tend his oysters, he looked like an amiable tiki with his Polynesian profile and ready smile.

  • The grim, lingering legacy of despot Jesuit priest Honore Laval
    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.

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