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“A Day with a Local” video series explores happening Hawaii hoods. First stop: Oahu’s South Shore.

“A Day with a Local” video series explores happening Hawaii hoods. First stop: Oahu’s South Shore.

Posted on September 8, 2016

Story by Derek Paiva Got some daylight hours to give up to Oahu’s South Shore on your next visit? Click on the video above. It’s the first clip in the new A Day with A Local video series, produced by the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB) for its ongoing #LetHawaiiHappen campaign. The clips offer [...]

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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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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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Bog Agog: Hiking Kauai’s Alakai Swamp Trail

Bog Agog: Hiking Kauai’s Alakai Swamp Trail

Posted on December 30, 2015

Story by Heidi Siefkas Wood stairs on the Alakai Swamp Trail. Photo by Heidi Siefkas. All right, I know exactly what you’re thinking after reading the headline above. I didn’t come to Hawaii to check out a swamp! Also … What would I find fun about an adventure in a swamp? As it turns out, [...]

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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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Big Waves of Winter Comin’! Holding Period for Hawaii’s Triple Crown of Surfing Begins

Big Waves of Winter Comin’! Holding Period for Hawaii’s Triple Crown of Surfing Begins

Posted on November 6, 2015

Story by Derek Paiva A surf break on Oahu’s North Shore. Photo credit: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) /Kirk Lee Aeder  Winter wave season is a real thing in Hawaii. A time when large ocean storms moving across the Pacific hundreds of miles north of Hawaii send heightened swells toward the Hawaiian Islands’ north-facing shores, pounding [...]

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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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