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The Aloha Code Early in 2008, ISLANDS contributor Amanda Jones visited the Big Island of Hawaii, hoping to go beyond the typical traveler's experience and see just how deep she could go. In this intimate journey into the heart of one of the most culturally rich islands, she encountered the people and places that make the Big Island so unique.

Like the Big Island, islands across the South Pacific are part of a movement to reclaim and reinforce ancient traditions. In talking with people like Danny Akaka, a member of the Hawaiian revivalist movement; Chef Olelo pa'a, who literally captures the local flavor; and Jason Mock-Chew, a taro farmer in the Waipi'o Valley; Jones uncovers the true meaning of the aloha spirit. Read the full story.

By Amanda JonesPhotos by Bob Krist From the July/August 2008 issue of Islands See the route of our new Big Island road trip Hawaii Forest & Trail earned a place on the 2009 Blue List