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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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    Hill of Long Life: Hiking to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park’s Puu Loa Petroglyph Field

    Hill of Long Life: Hiking to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park’s Puu Loa Petroglyph Field

    Posted on September 25, 2015

    Story by Vanessa Chiasson A feathery cape. The billowing sail of a canoe. The squiggly flash of a lizard. You may have come to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to satisfy the child within, hunt down fiery lava and stalk ancient eruptions. But it’s your inner artist who will be squealing with glee on a hike [...]

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    3 Great Places to Take in Some Hawaii Island History

    3 Great Places to Take in Some Hawaii Island History

    Posted on August 31, 2015

    Story by Derek Paiva Who were the first farmers to see the potential for growing coffee on the Kona Coast? What were the everyday lives of early Hawaiians and American missionaries like in early 19th century Hilo? Who was Hawaii Island’s and Waimea town’s “First Lady of Ranching?” The answers to every one of these [...]

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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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