On my trip to Kauai in late February, something amazing happened. I no longer felt like a tourist! Kauai is one of my favorite places in the world, and it’s truly an author’s paradise. The scenery is breathtaking. The ocean is warm and inviting. Inspiration is everywhere—the sea, the land, … Read Entire Post

BeachStyle – beaches

Ke’e Beach is located in Ha’ena State Park at the west end of Highway 56. Literally at the end of road, it’s the last beach accessible by car on Kauai’s north shore. Ke’e’s ocean lagoon is protected from waves by reefs and ideal for the calm ocean conditions of the summer—which means it’s also … Read Entire Post

Crave – food & drink

Once again, I’m in search of the perfect fish taco—this time on the northeastern shore of Kauai. I sampled fish tacos from a health food market in Kapaa, a Mexican restaurant in Hanalei, and a fish market in Kilauea. But, so far, the best one I’ve tried is less than … Read Entire Post

Dusk Patrol – surf news & initiatives

In Kauai? Wanna learn how to surf or take your surfing to the next level? Poipu Beach Surf School, located on the south shore of Kauai at Poipu Beach, offers beginner, intermediate and advanced surf and stand-up paddle lessons. Lessons include the use of a surfboard or paddleboard, rash guard and … Read Entire Post

Crave – food & drink

During my stay in Kauai, we embarked on a quest to find the area’s best fish tacos. We didn’t have time to sample them all but we gave it our best shot, stopping at several destinations from Poipu Beach to Port Allen. The biggest difference between Baja-style and Hawaiian-style fish tacos … Read Entire Post

Crave – food & drink

I generally like my beer on the darker side of the spectrum. West Coast style red ales are my all-time favorite. I also like a hoppy brown ale or a roasty porter. Kauai Island Brewery & Grill, the world’s westernmost brewery, serves a spectrum of beer, from light to dark. I … Read Entire Post

Crave – food & drink

Kauai Beer Company opened its new tasting room in Lihue, Hawaii a little over a month ago. (You can tell it’s a brand new facility by the clean white walls and ceiling!) It’s currently open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 12-6 p.m. I visited on Saturday and found the wooden bar … Read Entire Post

Crave – food & drink

Kauai Coffee’s Koloa Estate is the largest coffee farm in the United States. The 3,100-acre coffee plantation is home to 4 million coffee trees—and it’s GMO-free. The coffee is grown in volcanic soil, where it’s touched by mountain rain, warm Pacific sunshine and gentle Hawaiian trade winds. And every coffee bean … Read Entire Post

Book Buzz – DARK SURF news & goings-on

There are lots of fun things about being an author. One is location scouting. I like to think of the location as a character in my book. It not only gives the characters a place to interact with each other, it influences what they do and how they do it. … Read Entire Post

BeachStyle – lifestyle

Spring Break: one of my favorite phrases. My ideal spring break is spent at the beach in the waves. I’ve spent several spring breaks at beaches all over San Diego County. I’ve done a couple in Rosarito Beach in Baja California, splashing in the Pacific Ocean and feasting on fish tacos, … Read Entire Post