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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 August 18, 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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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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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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Cooking Channel’s <em>Unique Sweets</em></a> Saves Room for Dessert in Oahu Episodes

Cooking Channel’s Unique Sweets Saves Room for Dessert in Oahu Episodes

Posted on October 9, 2015

Story by SMMH Staff and Cooking Channel Malasadas. Andagi. Mochi. Shave ice with azuki beans. If you’ve been to Hawaii and made the noshing rounds while here, it’s likely you not only know what all of the above are and what they taste like, but are also up on our myriad other go-to resident-favorite desserts [...]

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Take it Easy: 5 Great (Relatively) Easygoing Oahu Hiking Trails

Take it Easy: 5 Great (Relatively) Easygoing Oahu Hiking Trails

Posted on September 11, 2015

Story by Derek Paiva Let’s paint a situational picture. You’re on Oahu. You want to squeeze in a great nature hike away from the urbanity of metro Honolulu. But you don’t want to take on anything too difficult, too dangerous or too, um, illegal. In other words, you want an easy hiking trail. You know, [...]

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Celebrating Pacific Harmony at the 21st Annual Honolulu Festival

Celebrating Pacific Harmony at the 21st Annual Honolulu Festival

Posted on March 6, 2015

This weekend, thousands of Hawaii residents and visitors will celebrate cultural diversity at the 21st Annual Honolulu Festival from March 7-8. The festival features an impressive showcase of cultural traditions through music, dance, and art – all of which is free to the public. Check out a few highlights below and be sure to stop [...]

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Wonderful Waikiki and Honolulu: Great Hawaii Destinations

Wonderful Waikiki and Honolulu: Great Hawaii Destinations

Posted on May 1, 2014

-by Jim Byers I’ve always felt this is an underappreciated destination. I feel that way more strongly now. They’ve always had Waikiki Beach, one of the most glamorous and prettiest stretches of sand on the planet, with the extinct crater of Diamond Head looming to the east and watching over things. They’ve always had Pearl [...]

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The Pig & The Lady Opens in Chinatown

The Pig & The Lady Opens in Chinatown

Posted on November 15, 2013

Congratulations to The Pig & The Lady, the newest restaurant to open in Honolulu’s Chinatown! I’ve been following Chef Andrew Le and his family’s cooking endeavors since they started doing pop-up dinners at Hank’s Haute Dogs two years ago. Since then, they’ve been feeding hoardes of hungry foodies at the KCC, Kailua and Blaisdell Farmers’ [...]

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If You Haven’t Visited Lately, Oahu’s New Vibe May Surprise You

If You Haven’t Visited Lately, Oahu’s New Vibe May Surprise You

Posted on September 4, 2012

By George Hobica I’ll state right away that Hawaii is one of my favorite places. I’m pretty much over the Caribbean, and although the Maldives and Fiji have beautiful beaches getting there is expensive and time-consuming. So when it comes time for balmy weather, surf, sand, and relaxation, it’s the Hawaiian Islands. I’m often asked [...]

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Beyond the Beach: The Honolulu Fish Auction is a Showcase for Hawaii Seafood

Beyond the Beach: The Honolulu Fish Auction is a Showcase for Hawaii Seafood

Posted on November 6, 2009

Getting Raw and Wild in Hawaii While we might be famous for our gorgeous beaches and the ocean activities (or in some cases non-activity i.e. sunbathing) that take place on our shores, Hawaii is also renown for world-class seafood and a fish auction that is unique in the United States. Each weekday morning before dawn [...]

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