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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    New Hawaii Convention Center Monthly Live Entertainment Series “Sunset Mele on the Rooftop” Kicks Off July 11

    New Hawaii Convention Center Monthly Live Entertainment Series “Sunset Mele on the Rooftop” Kicks Off July 11

    Posted on July 6, 2015

    The sky changing from blue to orange to star-dotted indigo. Live music drifting on the trade winds. Feature flim al fresco. And (drumroll, please) gourmet hotdogs. When the Drifters famously doo-wopped the pleasures of heading up on the roof whenever things got a bit too heated at ground level, they never once mentioned the availability [...]

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