Aloha Friday Photo: Polynesian Pumpkin Carving

Posted: October 28th, 2011 | Comments Off


Today’s Aloha Friday Photo comes from my sister Michelle. She carved this cute Polynesian-themed scene onto a pumpkin to celebrate this holiday season. The pattern came from a template, but the steady hand, patience and skill are all hers. Nicely done, sis!

Mahalo to Michelle for sharing her photo with us on this Aloha Friday before Halloween.

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Outrigger Canoe Sailing in Ko Olina with Hawaiian Ocean Adventures

Posted: October 27th, 2011 | Comments Off

Outrigger Sailing Canoe - Hawaiian Ocean Adventures

While we were staying at the Disney Aulani resort in Ko Olina, this colorful outrigger canoe by the lagoon kept grabbing my attention. So, I went by Makiki Joe’s water sport hut to inquire about it. I found out that I could go sailing along the Ko Olina coast this beautiful outrigger canoe with Hawaiian Ocean Adventures for $99 per person. I immediately booked...
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Hawaii Vacation Deals & News: October 26, 2011

Posted: October 26th, 2011 | Comments Off


* Hilton is celebrating their 50th year in Hawaii with a five-night Hawaii vacation sweepstakes including airfare, a $50 food and beverage credit plus 50 complimentary resort activities. You need a Hilton HHonors account, which are free to obtain. This sweepstakes is open to residents of the U.S., U.K., Ireland, Canada (not including Quebec) and Japan.

* If you want to visit the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki and you  can’t wait to see if you’ve won...
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Have you tried Spam Musubi?

Posted: October 25th, 2011 | Comments Off

Spam Musabi

You know Hawaii loves Spam.  How much so? Well, Hawaii residents and visitors consume nearly 7 million cans of Spam each year. That’s a lot of Spam! With Hawaii’s love of Spam combined with an influence of Japanese cooking, the popular Hawaii snack, Spam Musubi, evolved.

What is Spam Musubi? The ingredients are rice, rice seasoning including sesame seeds, nori (seaweed wrap), and of course, Spam. You can add a sauce like soy sauce as you like.  See this...
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Coconut Milk Ice Cream from Coconut Glen’s

Posted: October 24th, 2011 | Comments Off

Coconut Glen's sign

As you’re planning your day to explore Maui’s Road to Hana, one quirky stop you might want to include in your plans is at Coconut Glen’s Here, you will find dairy-free ice cream homemade from coconut milk.

I got to meet Glen, the laidback owner, on the day I was touring the road to Hana with No Ka Oi Adventures. Glen is passionate about running an environmentally sustainable business. All his products are...
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Aloha Friday Photo: Holy Innocents Episcopal Church

Posted: October 21st, 2011 | Comments Off

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Today’s Aloha Friday Photo comes to us from Paula Cook who recently enjoyed a return visit to Maui. Paula’s beautiful photo is of Holy Innocents Episcopal Church on Front Street in Maui’s Lahaina town. Paula wrote, “I wanted to go inside to take some pics, but there was a wedding taking place. You can see the rose petals on the walk up to the door.” What...
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Fun Things To Do on a Rainy Day in Oahu

Posted: October 20th, 2011 | Comments Off

You’re happy to be on Oahu, but you checked the weather forecast and, ugg, it’s going to be a rainy day. Don’t despair! There’s plenty of fun things to do that won’t dampen your Oahu vacation.

Waikiki Aquarium
Seeing tropical fish and plants is a great activity for everyone of all ages. Admission is $9 for adult and $2 for kids ages 5 to 12. Each paid tour includes a free audio tour wand. Waikiki Aquarium is open daily from 9am to 4:30pm. The aquarium is located at 2777 Kalakaua Avenue,...
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Hawaii Vacation Deals & News: October 19, 2011

Posted: October 19th, 2011 | Comments Off

Surf boards at Aulani

Let’s all grab a board to surf these Hawaii vacation news waves.

* The newly renovated Aston Waikiki Circle Hotel is offering a special rate of $105 per night for a city view room. (To see the deal, click on the “Special Offers” tab at this link.) This hotel is directly across from Waikiki Beach. It’s hard to top that location with this rate! By the way,...
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Video Tour of Disney’s Aulani Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Oahu

Posted: October 18th, 2011 | Comments Off

Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

Wondering what it’s like to stay at the brand new Disney resort in Hawaii, Aulani? Then you’ll really enjoy this excellent video tour that Andy created from our recent stay. The video will give you a great introductory view of the resort with brief video scenes of these Aulani resort features:

  • The colorful lobby filled with contemporary Hawaiian art features.
  • Room tour of one of the Disney Vacation Club (DVC) rooms. (We...
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Aloha – A Way of Life

Posted: September 12th, 2011 | Comments Off

Aloha is a common word here in Hawaii which quickly translates to “hello”, “goodbye” and “love”. But aloha is so much more than that. Aloha is a way of living. Living with the aloha spirit is the Hawaiian way. Many of us who are fortunate enough to live in Hawaii get to experience aloha on a daily basis. It is a way of life.

What exactly is the aloha spirit? Glad you asked!! The aloha spirit is an attitude or a way of living your life which is in tune with others around...
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