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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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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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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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West Side Wonderful: Hiking Kokee State Park’s Canyon Trail

West Side Wonderful: Hiking Kokee State Park’s Canyon Trail

Posted on October 2, 2015

Story by Andrew Collins Often called the Garden Island, Kauai conjures images of impossibly lush rainforests and emerald valleys. But there’ s more to the island than just green. Its drier west side is home to a spectacular 3,600-foot-deep canyon characterized by burnt-red soil, craggy basalt bluffs and promontories, and upcountry woodland: Waimea Canyon. Nicknamed [...]

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Limahuli Garden and Preserve: America’s Best Natural Botanical Garden

Limahuli Garden and Preserve: America’s Best Natural Botanical Garden

Posted on July 28, 2015

Story by Leah Lamb One of Kauai’s most dramatic and scenic botanical gardens is Limahuli Garden and Preserve on the island’s north shore. Located in 1,000-acre Limahuli Valley, home to countless biological and cultural treasures, the 700-year-old site is akin to a step back in time. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself unable to [...]

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Talk Story with Travel Writer Jody Robbins

Talk Story with Travel Writer Jody Robbins

Posted on June 5, 2015

Travel writer Jody Robbins has covered some of the world’s most exotic destinations for many of Canada’s most popular publications including WestJet Magazine, Calgary Herald, Today’s Parent, and others. In the below interview, Jody reveals what makes the Hawaiian Islands stand out. What has been your most memorable Hawaii activity? Each Hawaiian island is so [...]

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The Only Kayak on the Beach

The Only Kayak on the Beach

Posted on May 21, 2015

Writer, adventurer, and Kauai resident Heidi Siefkas describes one of her all-time favorite kayaking adventures to Kipu Kai beach, famous for its appearance in the movie The Descendants. It is important to note that it takes an experienced paddler to make this journey. If you’re so inclined, you need to be in excellent shape, understand surf conditions, and [...]

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