Here in the Surf N Sol test kitchen, we’re always playing around with fun new foods to make. Our latest experiment has been popsicles, which are a lot of fun to make (but more fun to eat). It’s more or less impossible to say no to a popsicle, and we’re...



Several months ago, I was asked to lead a brief meditation workshop at a beachside community event. While I was prattering on about the many benefits of meditation and yogic breathing, an earnest young surfer interrupted and asked, “I’m really into all this, but is there any breathing exercise I...

Diamond Head Kapiolani Park Waikiki

The view from the top of Diamond Head Crater is a true gem, pun intended. It is certainly the best way to get a panoramic view of all of Honolulu, from Waikiki to the Koolau Mountain Range, and west to Hawaii Kai and Hanauma Bay. During certain times of year,...



When I first came to Honolulu at the tender age of 12, my father told me that the Diamond Head crater was so named because it resembled the shape of the top of a princess-cut diamond. Turns out he was full of it. (Thanks, dad, for filling my head with...



Similar to my last post about the effect of the heat on the body, the final benefit I’d like to highlight is the physical results that hot yoga can bring. Obviously, yoga isn’t all about looking good, or even a little bit about it. I don’t want to insert any...



A few days ago I posted an entry about my recent experiences in the world of Bikram yoga and had gotten as far as discussing one of the main benefits it has had for my practice– focus. When you’re in the classroom, whose temperature is between 90 and 105 degrees...



I recently started attending Bikram yoga classes at the local Bikram yoga studio in my neighborhood (only 6 minutes away, easy access to my own person torture chamber!). This was no small feat for me, given my long-standing prejudice against this particular school of yoga. Indeed, for yoga purists out...



There’s another article in the NY Times about the water temperature of the world’s oceans causing reef bleaching, which could eventually cause the deaths of large swaths of coral reef worldwide. Whether you believe in global warming or not, it’s evidence that something is going down. Awareness is the first...



A few weeks ago, some friends came in from Oahu to hike the Kalalau Trail. Given that it is basically in our backyard, we joined in the fun. This trail is consistently ranked one of the best in the world, and it’s no surprise that people come from all parts...