Whale-Watching on O‘ahu

Humpback whales routinely frequent O‘ahu waters during their Hawaii stay from October to March. Once in the shallow waters, they engage in mating behaviors and give birth to massive calves. Fortunately for whale-watchers, humpback whales like to congregate in the waters from Makapu‘u to Koko Head, and swim very close to shore as they pass by.

A rocky cliff rises above a crescent beach with yellow sand.

Best Beaches of Makapu‘u and Waimanalo, O’ahu

The best beaches of Makapu’u and Waimanalo are all a bit different, some with the most breathtaking scenery, others with dozens of tide pools to explore, or great opportunities for swimming, surfing, and sunbathing. There’s even beach-side camping.

Small bottles of maple syrup shaped like leaves are for sale at a farmers market table.

Hudson River Valley Agriculture: Maple Syrup

Some 4,000 farms cover nearly 20 percent of all land in the Hudson River Valley, producing everything from beef, poultry, milk, and cheese to apples, sweet corn, organic produce, wine, hay, and flowers. Here, a handful of farmers produce delicious maple syrup the good old fashioned way.

Dancers performing during the Guelaguetza Festival which brings together the indigenous peoples of Oaxaca.

Planning Your Time in Oaxaca City

The city of Oaxaca is both the governmental capital of the Mexican state of the same name and the de facto capital of Mexico’s southern indigenous heartland. Learn about the city and its extraordinary diversity, along with helpful tips on planning your time while exploring.

Based in the favela of Rocinha, the mission of is to “promote education, community service and international exchange in low-income neighborhoods in Brazil.”

Volunteer with Two Brothers Foundation in Rio de Janeiro

Successful volunteers with Two Brothers Foundation are those with initiative and strong self-management skills. If you’re eager to propose programs or workshops in community development and education you’d like to initiate and be responsible for, TBF is a fantastic opportunity.

For a great cardio workout and 360-degree views of the southeast shore, the Koko Crater Trail is a daunting 1,048 steps up the south side of Koko Crater.

Hiking and Biking on O’ahu’s Windward Side

While hiking on O’ahu’s windward side is limited, the few options available cover the range from a workout to a moderate hike to a simple stroll; you’ll find the scenery for each hike is fairly unique, too. Biking is equally limited, with cyclists confined mostly to roadways and a few trails, but since Kailua is a very bike-friendly town, that won’t be a problem for most.

Each of the 385 rooms in the Grand Hotel is decorated differently. Photo © Lembi Buchanan/123rf.

Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel

The iconic Grand Hotel, a gracious edifice built on a scale appropriate to its name, has become practically synonymous with Mackinac Island. One of the last vestiges of the bygone Gilded Age’s opulence, it’s one of the largest summer resorts in the world, operating from early April through late October.