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Finding the True Treasure Island ISLANDS contributing editor Amanda Jones found what she was looking for and much more on her trip to Samoa. She wanted to take her children and her ailing father on a fresh adventure and came across how author Robert Louis Stevenson had lived out his final years on Upolu in the Samoa Islands.

As Amanda writes, "In my childlike imagination, it was an exotic land where indigenous people lay in the spiked shadows of palm trees and made necklaces from frangipani. It was a place I wanted to go. I called my father and listened as his battered voice grew bright at the idea of Samoa. He too had always wanted to see the place." Read the full story.