Favorite pastime/activity: Walking on the beach at low tide, and particularly at sunrise or sunset.
These walks give me the chance to take in the beauty of the island, and the many shades of turquoise
and blue in the water, or pinks and orange in the sky, all while working through my thoughts and to-do
list for the day. It’s where and how I get my best work done.
Favorite hike: Kïlauea Iki Trail, both because of the delight in listening to the native birds as you walk
through the forest, and the experience of walking across the crater floor, where you sense of the power of
Kïlauea and the marvel of seeing young ‘öhiÿa trees starting to grow out of the hot, barren lava floor. It’s
hard to imagine that someday these young trees will have started a forest of their own, in a landscape that
seems so inhospitable to life.
Favorite custom/tradition: The giving of lei, because it’s such a meaningful gift, which comes from
the beauty of the island and culture here, and from the heart.
Favorite place to take your guests: Either to enjoy a day or evening on the water, or to Hawaiÿi
Volcanoes National Park, to experience the native ÿöhiÿa and häpuÿu fern rainforest, and the special
nature of the place.
Favorite place to catch the sunset: Puÿuhonua o Hönaunau, for the way the light falls on the palm
trees, and for the sense of both power and serenity found there, with turtles swimming in the water
and basking on the shore, and the simple beauty, artistry, purpose and arrangement of the traditional
Favorite place for happy hour: Copper Terrace at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, as the sun sets,
amidst the sense of Rockefeller grace, and while listening to someone play Hawaiian music, and watching
a dancer sharing hula and culture.
Favorite place to splurge: The Spa Without Walls at The Fairmont Orchid, because it is such a treat,
with the outdoor treatment hale (huts), and the steam room, tea service and seating areas in between.
Favorite date place: The Beach Tree Restaurant at Four Seasons Resort Hualälai, for the wonderful
ambience, the sound of the ocean lapping up to shore, and the casual seating under the stars.
Lucky you live Hawai‘i because…of the warmth of the people, the wisdom of the culture, the beauty
of ocean and land, the humpback whales and, perhaps most of all, because it is a place
where the sounds of the natural world, and conversation, still prevail over the noise of
our modern world. You can walk into a store here without having music and the multi-
media world blaring, and enjoy a nice conversation with the shopkeeper.
If you were a visitor, you would want to know…about the thriving local farmer’s
markets, for the island fruits and produce found there, and the delicious local jams,
honeys and other local items to take home.
Lei Tradition Pu‘uhonua o Honaunau Kilauea Iki Trail
Name | Tania Howard
Occupation | Executive Director, Waimea Ocean Film Festival
How long you have lived in Hawai‘i | 9 years
Moved from | Colorado
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