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Clark holds Master Specialist certifications for the six major islands, meaning she’s had on-site training and passed exams on Hawaiian culture and history. On every trip she makes—typically four a year—she inspects hotels, scouts out hikes, and visits museums, farms, gardens, and sacred sites. Her strong commitment to the destination has made her a trusted source, even among locals—no easy feat in the tightly knit Hawaiian community.

New favorite: The rebranded Montage Kapalua Bay on Maui’s western coast, thanks to a top-to-bottom renovation. It’s located on a quiet, low-key corner of the island, and has all the activities—golf, tennis, snorkeling, whale-watching, and hiking—travelers want. Residence-style accommodations have large balconies and daybeds, many with water views.

Specialties: Hawaii, Tahiti

Marilyn Clark

Clark holds Master Specialist certifications for the six major islands, meaning she’s had on-site training and passed exams on Hawaiian culture and history. On every trip she makes—typically four a year—she inspects hotels, scouts out hikes, and visits museums, farms, gardens, and sacred sites. Her strong commitment to the destination has made her a trusted source, even among locals—no easy feat in the tightly knit Hawaiian community.

New favorite: The rebranded Montage Kapalua Bay on Maui’s western coast, thanks to a top-to-bottom renovation. It’s located on a quiet, low-key corner of the island, and has all the activities—golf, tennis, snorkeling, whale-watching, and hiking—travelers want. Residence-style accommodations have large balconies and daybeds, many with water views.

Specialties: Hawaii, Tahiti