I love to go to Waimea Bay on the North Shore, and Laniakea has been one of my favorite beaches since I was a kid. But just a bit inland on the north shore are temple ruins from Old Hawaii, where Ali’i and Kahunas would honor the gods and send signals to the other ancient […]Read more "An often forgotten place from a forgotten time on the North Shore of Oahu"
Namu’a island is off the coast of the main island (Upolu) of Samoa. The only thing there is a small, family-run beach fale resort, and it was the perfect place to end my time in Samoa! This is a beach fale. It is a hut built in the traditional way with sleeping mats, mosquito nets, […]Read more "The real “isolated paradise” experience: Namu’a Island"
I have been very well fed all semester. As a guest, there is no way I can politely leave a meal any way other than absolutely stuffed. I feel like there are a lot of lists of “Samoan staples”, but none are that accurate. Here is what I actually ate (in no particular order): a) […]Read more "What I actually ate in Samoa (and what you should)"
I would like to dedicate this post to my good friend, Marisa Tassi… I hope you find some interesting graves to visit in London! You may not think it, but around the world, grave sites inspire tourists to flock to them. I have seen the old graves in New Orleans, Boston, Iceland, and now Samoa. […]Read more "The Dead: Cemetery Tourism in Samoa"
I know. Are those cards with the numbers and the paint-circle stamps worthy of a blog post? There isn’t anything special about the game here. They use different patterns (whoever played for a kite or a 6-8-9?)… and all the numbers are in Samoan (I swear this is the way to learn 1-75 in a […]Read more "Playing Bingo in Samoa"
I am not the kind of traveler that would normally spring for a four star resort, but I am here to study the ecology of their reef…. not that I don’t appreciate a doce of luxury when its offered. Science is so rarely glamorous that when it is you soak in the sun and ENJOY! […]Read more "Rest, Relaxation, and Reefs at the Aga Reef Resort"
When people visit Samoa, it is mostly because they are interested in cultural tours or beaches. Few people come here for the interesting geology, but that does not mean the geology of this place isn’t interesting! In fact, the tourism department is working with an 87 year old geologist (Warren) to try and promote just […]Read more "Geological Tourism on Savai’i"