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Six Must-See Places on Six Hawaiian Islands for First-Time Hawaii Visitors

Six Must-See Places on Six Hawaiian Islands for First-Time Hawaii Visitors

Posted on September 6, 2016

Story by Derek Paiva Waterfall alongside Maui’s Hana Highway. Photo: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA)/Tor Johnson. A few months back, a friend who lives in Chicago asked me for a short list of places I considered “must-sees” and things I considered “must-dos” on Kauai. Sarah was a couple weeks away from visiting the island for the [...]

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Celebrate the mouthwatering wonder of Hawaii food this week and beyond

Celebrate the mouthwatering wonder of Hawaii food this week and beyond

Posted on June 15, 2016

Craving your favorite Hawaii comfort foods this week? Apparently our nation’s senators are, too. Earlier this month, the U.S. Senate signed a resolution officially designating the week of June 12-18, 2016, as National Hawaiian Foods Week in honor of Hawaii’s contributions to the culinary heritage of the United States, and to raise awareness of Hawaiian [...]

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Demystifying Hawaii Island’s Hualalai Volcano

Demystifying Hawaii Island’s Hualalai Volcano

Posted on March 14, 2016

Story and photos by Derek Paiva Collapsed crater on Hualalai (foreground), and view of the volcano’s 8,271-foot elevation summit in the distance. Up until recently, I’d never truly explored Hualalai volcano. Had I been on Hualalai? Yes. Many times. But taking a day to wander and investigate its little-seen untrammeled wilderness up close … no. [...]

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5 Great Hawaii Neighborhoods to Head to When You’re Hungry

5 Great Hawaii Neighborhoods to Head to When You’re Hungry

Posted on February 26, 2016

Story by Derek Paiva Selection in a downtown Honolulu Chinatown district dim sum shop. Photo: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA)/Tor Johnson. Everyone who has ever spent any time in Hawaii’s world-famous resort mecca Waikiki knows it’s a locus of great places to eat no matter what your budget is. From American steakhouses and a range of [...]

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By Land or Sea: How to Enjoy Peak Humpback Whale-Watching Season in Hawaii

By Land or Sea: How to Enjoy Peak Humpback Whale-Watching Season in Hawaii

Posted on February 12, 2016

Story by Derek Paiva A pair of humpback whales spouting near a Hawaii whale-whatching tour boat. Photo: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA)/Tor Johnson.  Hawaii’s biggest winter vacationers are back in the Islands. There are a handful of observers who’ll tell you they’re a bit late arriving en masse for their annual vacation this year. (More on [...]

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PBS’s “Moveable Feast” Island Hops Maui, Oahu and Hawaii Island for Trio of Episodes

PBS’s “Moveable Feast” Island Hops Maui, Oahu and Hawaii Island for Trio of Episodes

Posted on January 29, 2016

Story by Derek Paiva Maui Fresh Streatery chef/owner Kyle Kawakami (left) and Moveable Feast host Pete Evans. How does one make a mai tai smoke and for what reason? What’s canoe-crop cuisine? How does one bid for ahi and moonfish at the Honolulu Fish Auction and source farm-raised abalone on Hawaii Island? And how do we obtain [...]

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Merry and Bright: A Guide to Honolulu City Lights and Hawaii Christmas Season Illuminations

Merry and Bright: A Guide to Honolulu City Lights and Hawaii Christmas Season Illuminations

Posted on December 2, 2015

Story by Derek Paiva Shaka Santa and Tutu Mele cool off at the Honolulu Hale fountain as part of Honolulu City Lights, the city’s annual Christmas season light display. Photo credit: Derek Paiva. So you’re headed to the city that never snows this holiday season. (That would be Honolulu, by the way.) First off, Happy [...]

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See Sea, Feel Sea: 6th Annual Waimea Ocean Film Festival Set for January on Hawaii Island

See Sea, Feel Sea: 6th Annual Waimea Ocean Film Festival Set for January on Hawaii Island

Posted on November 23, 2015

Story by Derek Paiva A still image from “Humpback Whales,” screening at the Waimea Ocean Film Festival in January. Photo credit: 2014 MacGillivray Freeman Films and Pacific Life/Howard Hall. Photo courtesy of the Waimea Ocean Film Festival. Breakfast talks in the morning. Film screenings and art and photography exhibits the rest of the day. And [...]

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My 5 Favorite Made-on-Hawaii-Island Eats: Mark Pomaski, Chef-Owner, Moon and Turtle

My 5 Favorite Made-on-Hawaii-Island Eats: Mark Pomaski, Chef-Owner, Moon and Turtle

Posted on November 2, 2015

Story by Derek Paiva  Chef-owner Mark Pomaski plates in the kitchen of Moon and Turtle restaurant in Hilo. Photo credit: Soni Pomaski. “As much from the Big Island as possible. And if Big Island is not available, as much Hawaii as possible.” That’s Mark Pomaski’s mission for the new menu he crafts daily for Moon [...]

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From Azuki Beans to Mochi Balls: A Handy Guide to Hawaii Shave Ice Toppings

From Azuki Beans to Mochi Balls: A Handy Guide to Hawaii Shave Ice Toppings

Posted on October 23, 2015

Story by Derek Paiva A Hawaii shave ice bowl, for the moment, sans toppings; Photo credit: Derek Paiva.  Consider the shave ice. The cool-comfort-for-warm-days treat has been a perennial favorite of both Hawaii residents and visitors ever since late 19th century immigrant Japanese sugar and pineapple plantation laborers first sought heat relief in the fields [...]

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