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15 Ways to Experience the Real Hawaii

lava rocks on Hawaii

Hawaii. Our 50th state is comprised of 137 islands, although only six of them are typically vacation destinations. We tend to think of Hawaii as a fly-and-flop destination, we fly in, flop on the beach or by the pool, and spent our days relaxing in the sun, often with drink in hand. After going there […]

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Where Else to Go Podcast: Heidi Siefkas Talks About Lihue, Kauai

In this episode, Heidi Siefkas talks about why she loves living on Kauai, and recommends things to do on the Lihue side of the island. Some of those recommendations include: Sunday Brunch at Gaylord’s Kauai Beer Company on Rice Street – Food Truck Night on Thursday Rob’s Good Times Grill on Rice Street Sunshine Market […]

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Tuesday Deal Day: Bring Your Swing Hawaii Golf Package

Waikiki golf package at Embassy Suites

Embassy Suites-Waikiki Beach Walk guests score a hole in one with the resort’s new, exclusive “Bring Your Swing” travel packages which include rounds of golf at two of Oahu’s top-rated Pacific Links Hawaii courses. Guests can get into the swing of things with two rounds at the lush and exotic east Oahu Royal Hawaiian Golf […]

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Postcard from Kihei

Kihei, on the island if Maui, was the first place I went to in the islands. It’s changed in the past few decades, but it’s still a great beach.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Today is St. Valentine’s Day. And while I’m sending out lots of hug and chocolate kisses to you, I would be remiss if I didn’t remind you that romance – and more specifically, romantic travel ideas – don’t need a special calendar date. So enjoy the romance of the holiday and then make some special […]

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Sweet Island Goodness at Maui Onion Festival

Huge Maui Onions

I spend a lot of time in Hawaii, and specifically on Maui, so it’s a downright shame that I’ll be missing this year’s annual Maui Onion Festival.  The golden-pale Maui Onions, grown in Kula, have a mild, crunchy flesh and are thought by many to be the sweetest onions in the world.  These onions take […]

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Polynesian Cultural Center Invites Visitors to Participate in Island Life

polynesian cultural center

The Polynesian Cultural Center is a popular attraction for visitors to the island of Oahu, and with its new Go Native! programs, visitors will have even more opportunities to learn about the Polynesian culture.  Guests will be enticed into participating in traditional aspects of daily life from Pacific island cultures like those of Samoa, Tahiti […]

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Delicious Dining From Oahu’s Food Trucks

shrimp plate

Lunch wagons have long been a part of the Hawaiian culture, feeding workers as well as hungry surfers.  Lately, though, it seems these 4-wheeled eateries have started providing more upscale, dare I say gourmet friendly cuisine, responding, in large part, to the mobile restaurant trend that’s hot all across the country. Choose from among these […]

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Honolulu’s Punchbowl Honors Veterans

Honolulu Punchbowl Hawaii

Overlooking the city of Honolulu is the extinct volcano Punchbowl Crater, home to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, frequently referred to as Punchbowl Cemetery, or simply the Punchbowl. In addition to its tremendous views of the city, Waikiki, Diamond Head, and Pearl Harbor, the Punchbowl is the final resting place for veterans of […]

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Honolulu Pride: Military History in the Islands

US Battleship Missouri The Mighty Mo

It’s easy to be c aught up in the sun, sand, and surf of Hawaii, but the islands are also rich in military history and sites.  Although it can be sobering and painful to think about, these military sites deserve a spot on any must-see list. Next time you’re on Oahu, take a beach break […]

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Five Fun Facts for Friday: Mall of America, Minnesota

The Mall of America features 520 stores featuring leading designer brands and no sales tax on clothing or shoes, the largest U.S. indoor theme park and many other leading family attractions, 50 restaurants, over 400 free annual events, two luxury on-site hotels, miniature golf, indoor zip line, and much, much more

The Mall of America is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017. About one billion people from around the world have […]

Enter to Win: Universal Orlando Resort Package

  UPDATE:  The contest has ended and Yulia (@thefoodiemiles) is the winner of this great Universal Orlando Resort vacation package. […]

Splish Splash: A Review of Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando Resort

Last month I attended the media preview as well as the Grand Opening of Universal Orlando Resort’s new water theme […]

5 Fun Facts for Friday: Irvine, California

Irvine, California, is located in the center of Orange County, just 45 miles south of Los Angeles and 90 miles […]