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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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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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