Along with Mauna Kea, we place Halekulani on Oahu's Waikiki Beach among the islands' gems. Certainly, the setting couldn't be more different from that of Mauna Kea.
Kanha National Park, a remote 750-square-mile tract of forest in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, was the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book.” Most visitors can expect to see a tiger if they stay for two or three nights.
Hawaiian chefs, like their mainland colleagues, are obsessively focused on fine local produce. We expected to find high-quality fruit, but also we reveled in rich coffee, earthy sweet potatoes from Maui, and the delicious, just-caught fish.
Fifty years after it became the 50th of the United States, Hawaii remains a place of special allure. Despite the crowds and traffic in some areas, the islands still offer a delicious climate, cooling breezes, and spectacular mountains.