Tag Archives: Hawaii

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 a 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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Postcard from Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, on the island of Oahu, is the first stop for many visitors to Hawaii. Some of the sights attracting visitors include:  Pearl Harbor, Iolani Palace, Bishop Museum, Waikiki Beach (and many other beaches). This is the view from my hotel balcony (Ala Moana Hotel) yesterday morning. Paradise!

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Waking up on Kauai

I woke up on Kauai this morning. Very early, before the sun came up. It’s one of my favorite times to sit on my deck and look out at the ocean. It’s quiet and peaceful. The sun slowly slips out from behind the clouds, leaving me to wonder about what the day will be like […]

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Tuesday Deal Day: Sunset Golf Cart Tour on Kauai

Makai Hole 7.Sunset

Have you ever wished you could just relax and enjoy the beauty of a golf course without having to swing a club? The Princeville Makai Golf Club has introduced a unique and fun “non-golfing” way for guests to experience the scenic vistas of the famed Makai Course at sunset – a golf cart tour. Situated […]

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Postcard from Maui: Double Rainbow

Double rainbow in Hawaii

After the rain comes the double rainbow. Hawaii is always full of surprises.

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Postcard: Hawaiian Hibiscus

yellow hibiscus in Hawaii

Hawaii. Our 50th state. After Washington (the state) I spend more time in Hawaii that pretty much anywhere else. While the sun, sand, and surf are always welcomed components of my day, I think what really attracts me to Hawaii is the flavors, fauna, and flora. Like this beautiful yellow hibiscus.

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Postcard: Macadamia Nut Pancakes in Hawaii

Macadamia nut pancakes with fruit is a delicious Hawaii breakfast

While it may be a more touristy choice than loco moco, I’ll take macadamia nut pancakes any time I’m visiting one of the islands of Hawaii.  Add some coarsely chopped macadamia nuts to your pancake batter, then plop them on the griddle as usual.  Add some slice fruit and more macadamia nuts on top and […]

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Kauai: The Garden Isle

Kauai is the oldest of the main Hawaii Islands, and is the fourth largest of the islands, and is about a 100 miles from Oahu. Often referred to as the “Garden Isle,” Kauai is one of the wettest spot in the world, with an annual rainfall of 460 inches.  I’m most familiar with the town […]

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Bishop Museum Explain the History & Culture of Hawaii

Honolulu’s Bishop Museum offers the natural and cultural history of Hawaii’s indigenous people.   Founded in 1889 by Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last heir to Kamehameha I, you’ll find artifacts and exhibits representative of all the Pacific Islands. A couple of my favorite highlights are the Science on a Sphere exhibit and the Science Adventure […]

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You’ll Never Want to Leave: Hilton Union Square, San Francisco

It seems like everyone thinks about romance in February, but once Valentine’s Day passes, romance gets short shrift. One way […]

You’ll Never Want to Leave: Pantai Inn, La Jolla

For much of the northern hemisphere, January is winter and with it, the cold – often brutally cold – rain, […]

Introducing the Travel Reading List Challenge

Today I’m excited to announce the first of a couple of new projects that I’m launching for 2018 – the […]

2017: A Year of Travel in Review

While 2016 was a big year for international travel, 2017 represented a year spent enjoying destinations and activities closer to […]