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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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Chasing the Channel: The Pailolo Challenge Maui-to-Molokai outrigger canoe race

Chasing the Channel: The Pailolo Challenge Maui-to-Molokai outrigger canoe race

Posted on September 1, 2016

Story and photos by Fili Auro Paddlers in the 2015 Pailolo Challenge approach the island of Molokai. Photo by Fili Auro. On a Saturday morning near the end of summer, the sea vigorously pounds against the sands of D.T. Fleming Beach Park on Maui’s northwest coast. The beach is lined with nearly 100 outrigger canoes, [...]

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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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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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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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Bring the Brood: Must-Try Maui Outdoor Activities for Active Families

Bring the Brood: Must-Try Maui Outdoor Activities for Active Families

Posted on September 18, 2015

Story by Jody Robbins Maui ticks all the right boxes for active families. Sure, there are all of those gold sand beaches fringing the island just waiting to make every member of the family’s day. But there’s much more to Maui’s menu of family activities than building sandcastles, boogie boarding and taking a dip in [...]

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Concierge Approved: What Hawaii Scenic Spots Do You Like to Recommend to Visitors?

Concierge Approved: What Hawaii Scenic Spots Do You Like to Recommend to Visitors?

Posted on August 21, 2015

Compiled by Derek Paiva When it comes to getting a list of all of the must-see scenic spots on whichever Hawaiian Island you’re vacationing on, there’s perhaps no better individual to chat with than your friendly, knowledgeable hotel or resort concierge. After all, chances are good your concierge will likely 1) be a longtime island [...]

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