Andrew McCarthy

of National Geographic Traveler

Andrew McCarthy is an editor at large at National Geographic Traveler magazine. Follow his story on Twitter @AndrewTMcCarthy.

For more than a quarter of a century I’ve traveled Ireland’s western coast, up from the filigreed fringe of west Cork, along the lakes of Killarney, to the world-class golf links of Ballybunion and Lahinch, to Yeats country in Sligo, meeting people who give me yet another reason to come back.

Traveler Editor at Large Andrew McCarthy kept a home on Maui for nearly a decade in the late 1980s and early ’90s. “I always passed through Hawaii’s state capital as quickly as I could—a blemish on the face of paradise, was my uninformed opinion” he writes. Here he returns to Honolulu and goes beyond the mai tais and tiki torches to find a true-blue—and truly global—American city.