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 Story and pictures by Allan Seiden The mana of a powerful past and a swim in clear waters make the Kona Coast a uniquely rewarding getaway… They could call the Big island’s Kona and Kohala districts Hawaii’s ‘cultural history coast.’ Even outposts of old Hawai`i like Hana can’t offer the lifestyle...
If you’re in Seattle, whatever the weather,  make the time for a day cruise. By Allan Seiden       The ferry made its way through white-capped seas at just under 20 knots. Sheltered from a stiff headwind I watched low-lying islands disappear and reappear, escaping the mist that hid them...
BY MAHANA DUNN, RA - Traditional voyaging canoes landed in Hanalei, Kauai; an epic trans-Pacific adventure. Ancient Polynesian culture literally landed in our backyard yesterday as 7 traditional double-hulled sailing canoes arrived upon our shores in Hanalei Bay. These 7 canoes, complete with 16 crew members each,...
St. Petersburg... A Look at the New Russia       By Allan Seiden                                 It was in 1967 that I flew from New York to Luxembourg on a...
SPRINGTIME IN NEW YORK               By Allan Seiden Springtime and autumn are New York City at its best, free of the hot and cold that make summer and winter a challenge. For me, a nature-loving kid...
Luang Prabang…Time in Laos’ Royal Capital   By Allan Seiden The Mekong River, stained a muddy brown by runoff from heavy rains the night before, makes its way quickly past the town of Luang Prabang (LP), a United Nations World Heritage site that was once the royal capital of...
Time Almost Stands Still in Saxony By Allan Seiden I had such a clear memory of Dresden that I was totally surprised to find that it looked nothing like the timeworn and neglected city I’d visited in 1990, soon after the Berlin Wall was breached and East and West Germany were...
BY CHARLES MEMMINGER - Surfers have a reputation of being laid back dudes and dudettes, one with nature and Mother Ocean. But the nasty little secret is that they actually are feral, territorial creatures who both jealously guard their own favorite surf spots from outsiders while shamelessly raiding other...
BY ALLAN SEIDEN - The Mekong River, stained a muddy brown with runoff from heavy rains the night before, makes its way quickly past the town of Luang Prabang (LP), a United Nations World Heritage site that was once the royal capital of the Kingdom of Laos. The boats...
BY ALLAN SEIDEN - It was in 1967 that I flew from New York to Luxembourg on a $169 round trip on Icelandic Air. I picked up a Bug at the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, Germany, choosing a sunroof over a radio, despite the fact that it pushed...