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Rita Ariyoshi

Rita Ariyoshi is a freelance writer from Honolulu, Hawaii, who has written several books on the islands—including Hula Is Life, Maui on My Mind, and the new National Geographic Traveler's Hawaii guidebook.

From the writer

  • The Cool Side of Maui

    Escape the beaches and heat in Maui and head to Upcountry, where the air is cooler, and cowboys, volcanoes, and gardens...

  • Hawaii's Best Beaches

    Surfers, families, snorkelers, swimmers, or loungers will enjoy these eight beaches on the Islands.


  • Hilo

    For a garden tour, check out Akatsuka Orchid Gardens and Nani Mau Gardens or learn about the ocean at Panaewa Rainforest Zoo...

  • Hawaii’s Famed Road

    On the southwest coast of Hawaii, you can travel through history along the 65 miles from Kailua-Kona to South Point.