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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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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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Hawaii Marine Life Stars in ABC Series “Ocean Mysteries”

Hawaii Marine Life Stars in ABC Series “Ocean Mysteries”

Posted on June 18, 2015

Tracking the movement of tiger sharks in Maui waters and night diving with manta rays off Hawaii Island’s Kona Coast. Yup. Chalk these up to another couple of days and aquatic adventures in the life of noted animal and nature conservationist Jeff Corwin for his Emmy-winning ABC series “Ocean Mysteries.” After watching the series’ two [...]

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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 CW’s “Rock the Park” Discovers New Heights in the Hawaiian Islands

The CW’s “Rock the Park” Discovers New Heights in the Hawaiian Islands

Posted on April 14, 2015

Jack Steward and Colton Smith, hosts of The CW’s “Rock the Park,” travel across the country to take on the biggest adventures at America’s most popular national parks. Tune in on Saturdays, April 18 and 25 at 11:30 a.m. (in most markets) as their journey brings them to Haleakala National Park on Maui and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii Island to test [...]

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