On a long distance swim yesterday we met up with this little nightmare: a swarm of box jellyfish, the deadliest creatures in the ocean—and the aftermath involved medics and ambulances and seizures and it wasn’t at all pretty. Here’s what we learned: if you are stung by a jelly of any kind, douse the sting with vinegar and get into a hot tub as quickly as possible. Hot water helps most. And don’t swim on south-facing Hawaiian shores for the first 10 days after a full moon. Box jellies are increasingly common around here, and their sting is not only excruciatingly painful—it can kill you. 😬 #ocean #swim #openwater

I have been waiting for this obvious—and genius—combination: the bar/bookstore. It’s an idea that’s time has come!🍺📚❤️ #bookstagram

The only thing better than the booch at @mauikombucha is the people you meet there. (And The booch is very, very good.) #mauikombucha #lovekombucha #narwalicornsunite

We lost a giant today. Our dear friend and Maui neighbor, the poet W.S. Merwin left us with a surplus of beauty and wonder that will endure throughout time. Rest In Peace with your beloved Paula, William. @themerwinconservancy 💚🌴


Several years ago, when I was editing @oprahmagazine, Maria Shriver joined us as a guest editor for a very special issue that she had proposed. It would be devoted entirely to poetry, which Maria and Oprah and I—and everyone on the editorial staff—was crazy about. In particular, Maria loved Mary Oliver, and for the issue’s lead feature, Maria interviewed her (you can see the layout on the wall behind us—I wish I had a better picture of it). I thought about this issue, and this story, today when I heard the sad news that Mary Oliver had died. She was a magnificent human being, and a voice for the natural world that seemed to channel Nature herself. She touched millions and millions with her heart and her words and her brilliance. During Maria’s interview, Mary said “If I have any lasting worth, it will be because I have tried to make people remember what the Earth is meant to look like.” Oh Mary, you did. You did. You do. 🍃💚 @mariashriver @Oprah #maryoliver #love #nature

This is for you @wendyharrishurley!❤️💃🏻(40 years later and counting...) #steventyler #mauihomeboy #lovingmaryband

Who among us wouldn’t bring their pet goat (whose name, adorably, is Pumpkin) on their morning coffee and kombucha run? ❤️🐐☕️

The Atlantic Ocean has a different vibe, different color, even a different taste than the Pacific. Love ‘em both (but the Pacific more). 💙🌊 #oceanlove #thewave

It’s official! Leo, Mia and I have chosen our favorite book of the year: The Library Book by Susan Orlean. ❤️🐾 @susanorlean #thelibrarybook #purrfect

I spent 7 years of my life running around the world trying to find—and write about—giant waves (that’s me in the turquoise shirt), but I have never longed to see a wave more than I do in this election. We have so much at stake it’s almost beyond words. #bluewave #vote #thewave 💙🌊 Photo taken at Teahupoo in Tahiti by the always amazing @timmckenna