American gets 15 years of hard labor in North Korea for 'hostile acts' An American tour operator has been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea for alleged “hostile acts” against the repressive regime, according to its official state news agency. Kenneth Bae, who is in his mid-40s and lives in Washington state, has been described by friends as a devout Christian who took tourists on trips to North Korea, The Associated Press reported. More
U.S. plans to drop gray wolves from endangered list The planned ruling would eliminate protection for the top predators, but scientists and conservationists say the proposal is flawed. Federal authorities intend to remove endangered species protections for all gray wolves in the Lower 48 states, carving out an a exception for a small pocket of about 75 Mexican wolves in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico, according to a draft document obtained by The Times. More
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To hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, to learn about the history and culture of the Inca, and to see the Andes.
Seeing the sun rise or set over Machu Picchu.
The light at the beginning and end of a day highlights the magic of this magnificent site.
Cuzco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu have much more to offer.
Dried gourd carved and painted in the shape of a cuy (guinea pig).
Wish I’d packed: A small towel to use after washing up from a sweaty and dusty day on the trail.
Marta Lane’s popular Tasting Kauai tours continue to grow, with a new monthly Royal Coconut Coast Tour and a new stop on the weekly North Shore tour, for a private tasting with one of the chefs at the St. Regis Princeville chefs.
While the March debut of Roy Yamaguchi’s Eating House 1849 in Poipu remains the island’s top dining news, the anticipated September opening of Lava Lava Beach Club — a spin-off of the hit indoor-outdoor spot in Waikoloa — at the remodeled Kauai Shores is a close second.
At the Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas, the 346 rooms and public spaces boast new furnishings and decor, while its ocean-view bluff now hosts kundalini yoga classes.
The new Kawaihae Harbor South is a prime spot for snorkel and sunset cruises on the Kohala Coast, both of which Kohala Sail & Sea offers on a 34-foot sloop; whale-watching tours depart in winter.
Tours sail past Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site, which lost nearly all of its vegetation due to a brush fire last month, although the historic rock structure, built in 1791, was not damaged.
The Fifth Friday Town Party on Oct.
Enough that 3.25 million of us flew there last year — out of a record 8.28 million visitors in total — and spent $5 billion, or more than a third of the total $14.7 billion in visitor expenditures, according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority.
Fortunately, Hawaii offers lodging, dining and activities to suit nearly any budget, plus plenty of opportunities to stray far from crowds (please tread lightly and safely, though).
Climb Works Keana Farms now provides eight dual zips and an educational tour from a ridge overlooking the farm and North Shore beaches.
Kualoa Ranch’s Treetop Canopy tour includes seven zips and walks through the rain forest, where guests learn about native plants and movies shot at the ranch, including “Jurassic World.”
In Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii Ocean Adventures offers a half-day Hawaiian sailing canoe trip from Heeia State Park, with a free shuttle from Waikiki; proceeds benefit park and youth programs.
 on the Windward Side, Sea Life Park has transformed its Shark Trek Adventure, removing a fence that separated guests from the pelagics, and focusing on sharks’ role in Native Hawaiian culture; the park has also doubled the size of its interactive Touch Pool.
The Hawaii State Art Museum has a new exhibition featuring its Art in Public Places collections; the free museum also stays open late the first Friday of the month, with live music from 6 to 9 p.m.
On the last Friday of the month, enjoy concerts with no cover charge in the Banyan Courtyard at the Moana Surf rider; local bands start at 5 p.m.
The best items of clothing for travel seem to contain a special magic:
The soft and lightweight wrap contains fabric that allows for some stretch, and also wicks moisture for comfort.
The polyester/Tencel lyocell/spandex blend is wrinkle resistant, which means you can roll or fold it with abandon, as well as avoid the hotel room iron.
Wear it on city streets, to yoga class, out to dinner, on the airplane, or even as a beach cover-up, and you’re set.
The lightweight wrap works easily for destinations with temperatures that range from the Bay Area to Caribbean.
GetMyBoat.com, for Android, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch (requires iOS7 or later).
Offers a searchable database of more than 33,000 boat rentals available worldwide.
Boats range in size from kayaks and canoes to mega-yachts and fishing vessels.
 the feature that will get me to keep the app on my phone is the filter.
Click on filter and choose the type of boat that suits your mood: power, sail, fishing, non-powered or mega-yacht.
The app turned up significantly more search results when I searched Cabo San Lucas than when I searched on the website.