Carol Fowler

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Love for Maui inspires Carol Fowler. It draws her back frequently and is her prime travel journalism subject. She has written the award-winning Great Destinations Hawaii: Maui guidebook, the smart phone travel app, Maui Essential Guide and numerous travel features focusing on Maui, Moloka‘i and Lana‘i. She’s a huge fan of slack key guitar; her favorite pastime is “talking story” with Hawaiians. Carol is the retired travel editor for Contra Costa Newspapers, now part of the San Jose Mercury News group, where she twice won the Lowell Thomas Award for the section and her travel writing. She is the author or editor of 11 books, including Great Destinations: The Alaska Panhandle and Insiders' Guide to Berkeley and the East Bay.

Posts by Carol Fowler

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  • 1
    What's your most exciting or surprising travel experience?

    The day our hike into the West Maui Mountains got rained out. Our van couldn’t ford the streams en route to the trailhead. So we spent the morning “talking story” with a valley resident who was restoring taro paddies or lo‘i that had been in his family for generations. Rain drummed on the cottage roof and mugs of lemon grass tea warmed our hands while he talked about the sustainable life Hawaiians led for hundreds of years. It was magical.

  • 2
    What's your favorite mode of transportation? Why?

    On foot in a strange city with only a map. You see more, discover more and go home the richer for it.

  • 3
    Have you ever been somewhere that was so bad you couldn't write about it?

    Yes. It was a beautiful beach in a developing country that had been obliterated by hulking, poorly built hotels.

  • 4
    What is the most important thing you've learned from traveling?

    People in other parts of the world may approach day-to-day living in different ways, but the basic human impulses — to live with dignity and to be loved – are common to all.