letter from the publisherNo trip to Indonesia is complete without visiting Bali to meet Ketut, the famed healer and leading character in Elizabeth Gilbert's 2006 memoir Eat, Pray, Love staring Julia Roberts.On a quiet road in Penestanan Village in Bali's central foothills, a small signboard directs you to the house of the medicine man. Entering his compound we found about 30 young ladies waiting their turn as he interprets their palms, legs and backs to predict their future.Since the movie, Ketut has become a local celebrity. Tourists and locals flock to his home for palm readings. Whether you believe or not in fortune telling it is always an exciting experience to be able to sit next to a movie star and he welcomes everyone into his compound. For anyone keen on music, culture and the arts, a trip to Ubud is a must-do during your stay to Bali. The drive takes around one hour from Denpasar and, as you gently wind your way up towards the central mountains, you will be treated to views of terraced rice fields, unspoilt countryside and rural scenes that literally take your breath away.Ubud is a charming town, but not the quaint and remote place it was famous for in the 1930's, when Western artists like Walter Spies, Colin McPhee, and Rudolf Bonnet frequented the town.Ubud now has a mixture of trendy cafes, spectacular restaurants, perched on hilltops overlooking rivers and jungle, Internet cafes, arts and crafts shops, very stylish clothing boutiques, antique stores and many galleries. There is one thing that everyone must partake in when visiting Bali. Obtain tickets to the new Bali Nusa Dua Theatre located at Nusa Dua to see the DEVDAN production "Treasure of the Archipelago". It is well worth the visit and something completely new for Bali. This production has the mix of fire, water and similarities to Cirque du Soleil. You will keep your eyes wide open for this unique, brilliant and fresh 90 minutes duration show. I've run out of descriptive words: fabulous, outstanding, enchanting, alluring, two thumbs up, magnificent, fascinating, super cool, completely magical...and so on. Take my word for it! Don't miss it!Bali is only 1 of 33 provinces in Indonesia. The country is so huge and diversified that once you make one trip to Indonesia you will want to return again and again to fully appreciate everything the country has to offer. Eat, Pray and Love in BaliGina Hansen, CTC, ECCPublisherpublisher@talktravel.caWayne Hansen, Editoreditor@talktravel.caDaryl Cooper, Asst. Editoreditor@talktravel.caJana SchweitzerGraphic Designjanaschweitzer00@gmail.comChris WilcoxVideo Editing/Productioneditor@talktravel.caMedia Marketing Brent Robertsbrent@talktravel.caJohn Hebertjohn@talktravel.caDon MacGregordon@talktravel.caSuite 318 - 237 Keefer StreetVancouver, B.C., V6A 1X6Tel: 604-629-0877Fax: 604-629-0878Talk Travel Magazine is published monthly.
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hawaiiat a glanceThe state of Hawaii consists of eight main islands: Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe and the Big Island of Hawaii.Hawaii is the most isolated population centre on the face of the earth. Hawaii is 2,390 miles from California; 3,850 miles from Japan; 4,900 miles from China; and 5,280 miles from the Philippines. Hawaii is the only state that grows coffee. More than one-third of the world's commer-cial supply of pineapples comes from Ha-waii. There are only 12 letters in the Hawaiian al-phabet. Vowels: A, E, I, O, U Consonants: H, K, L, M, N, P, W From east to west Hawaii is the widest state in the United States. The Hawaiian Islands are the projecting tops of the biggest mountain range in the world. Under-sea volcanoes that erupted thousands of years ago formed the islands of Hawaii. The Hawaiian Archipelago consists of over 130 scattered points of land stretch-ing some 1,600 miles in length from the Kure Atoll in the north to the Island of Hawaii in the south. Hawaii was the 50th state admitted to the union on August 20th, 1959. Hawaii has its own time zone (Hawaiian Standard Time.) There is no daylight savings time. The time runs two hours behind Pacific Standard Time and five hours behind Eastern Standard Time. The wind blows east to west in Hawaii. The highest recorded temperature is 96' F (Ho-nolulu Airport), but temperatures over 92' F generally occur only once or twice a year. The lowest temperature (under 3000 feet al-titude) is 56' F. Temperatures under 60' F may occur but rarely more than once a year. Av-erage daytime temp. (July) is 82' F. Average daytime temperature in January is 72' F. There are no racial or ethnic majorities in Ha-waii. Everyone is a minority. Caucasians (Ha-oles) constitute about 34%; Japanese-Ameri-can about 32%; Filipino-American about 16% and Chinese-American about 5%. It is very difficult to determine racial identification as most of the population has some mixture of ethnicities. ISLAND OF NIHAU A privately owned island, with livestock rais-ing as its principal industry. There is highly limited access by general public through heli-copter landings at uninhabited sites. Legend says Niihau was the original home of the goddess Pele. The island has a population of 230, and is 69 square miles. ISLAND OF KAUAI The fourth largest of the Hawaiian Islands. The Waialua River is one of five navigable river in Hawaii. It drains off Waialeale Mountain, which averages 488 inches of rain per year and is considered the wettest spot on earth. The Waimea, the Hanape'pe, the Lumahai and the Hanalei River are almost as big and quite navigable. The Hanalei River was dedi-cated a "national treasure" recently and is under government protection from use as a "place of business". ISLAND OF OAHU Honolulu is the largest city in the world -- at least it has the longest borders. According to the state constitution any island (or islet) not named as belonging to a county belongs to Honolulu. This makes all islands within the Hawaiian Archipelago, that stretch to Mid-way Island (1,500 miles northwest of Hawaii) part of Honolulu. Honolulu is about 1,500 miles long or more distance than halfway across the 48 contiguous states. Honolulu is the nation's 11th largest metro-politan area. More than 100 world-renowned beaches ring Honolulu. Iolani Palace is the only royal palace in the United States. The world's largest wind generator is on the island of Oahu. The windmill has two blades 400 feet long on the top of a tower twenty stories high. The island of Oahu draws more visitors than any other to Hawaii. One-third of the state's best surfing beaches are on Oahu.ISLAND OF MAUI The island is home to many famous attrac-tions including Haleakala Crater, the old whaling town of Lahaina, the road to Hana, and Kaanapali Beach. Haleakala Crater (Ha-lay-ah-ja-lah), is the world's largest dormant volcano. ISLAND OF MOLOKAI Molokai is known as the most Hawaiian Isle. Molokai's east end is a tropical rain forest and part of the island receives 240 inches of rain-fall a year. Molokai Ranch Wildlife Park is home to rare African and Indian animals. Kalaaupapa was once a leper colony adminis-tered by Father Damien. The island contains the world's highest sea cliffs, Hawaii's longest waterfall, and the largest white sand beach in the state.ISLAND OF LANAI The island of Lanai is considered Hawaii's most secluded.The island was once the home of the world's largest pineapple plantations. Hulope Bay is a marine preserve and con-sidered one of the best diving spots in the world.ISLAND OF KAHOOLAWE Once used as a target by the U.S. Navy and Air Force the services are cleaning up unex-ploded shells. No one is allowed to go ashore without permission. The island consists of an uninhabited area of 45 square miles.THE BIG ISLAND OF HAWAII The Big Island is Hawaii's largest at 4,038 square miles. It is twice the size of all other Hawaiian Islands combined. The largest contiguous ranch, in the United States, is in Hawaii. The Parker Ranch near Kamuela has about 480,000 acres of land. At 800,000 years the Big Island is the youngest of the island chain. Howev-er, it was the first island discovered by voyaging Polynesians. Kilauea volcano is the world's most active. Ka Lae is the southernmost point in the United States. Two of the tallest moun-tains in the Pacific - Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa - domi-nate the center of the is-land. Most of the world's macadamia nuts are grown on the island. Kilauea Iki is the world's most active and largest volcano. Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain in the world (measured from its base at the ocean floor). The island houses the world's biggest tele-scope and more scientific observatories in one place than anywhere else in the world. The island is the worldwide leader in harvest-ing macadamia nuts and orchids