Chef Hunter Cooks Up A Battle in Kauai (Plus Exclusive Interview With the Show Host!)

Posted: December 1st, 2011 | Comments Off

Merriman's Fish House

Hawaii’s renowned chef Peter Merriman has opened a relatively new restaurant in the Poipu area of Kauai and is in need of an Executive Chef. So, Merriman teamed up with the Food Network’s Carrie McCully of the new docu-reality series, Chef Hunter, to find his chef.

Starting tonight, you can...
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What Time is Sunset in Waikiki?

Posted: November 30th, 2011 | Comments Off
Clock in Waikiki

Waikiki Clock

One of the first things we do when we're planning a Waikiki vacation is to check sunset times. Whether it's planning a memorable sunset picnic or having a tropical sunset drink in Waikiki, it's important to know when sunset is.

This handy dandy link will help you find Waikiki/Honolulu sunset times. When you open the link, it displays sunset time for immediate dates, but you can use the drop down menus at the top to...
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Finding a Sunny Place of Refuge on Hawaii’s Big Island

Posted: November 29th, 2011 | Comments Off

Place of Refuge

“We need to go to the Place of Refuge today.” That was the thought that woke me on the first full day of our recent Big Island visit.

We’ve been to Puuhonau o Honaunau National Historical Park, commonly known as the Place of Refuge, on two other trips and we didn’t have plans to return on this visit, but for some reason, we were drawn back to Puuhonau o Honaunau. Oh, I’m so glad we were as we enjoyed a sunny, peaceful...
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What To Buy For The Hawaii Lover On Your Christmas List

Posted: November 28th, 2011 | Comments Off

I don’t know about you, but I’ve got Christmas shopping on my mind today. So, I wanted to revisit last year’s gift idea post with some fresh ideas for what to get your friends and family that love the Aloha State.

imageHawaiian Happy Cakes –  I wrote this about Happy Cakes, “These moist and golden pineapple, macadamia nut and coconut cakes are crazy good!” Any sweet tooth on your list would enjoy a Hawaiian Happy Cake.

Macadamia nuts – Most any Hawaii fan goes...
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Don’t Go To Hawaii Without: Shoes You Don’t Mind Getting Wet & Muddy

Posted: November 22nd, 2011 | Comments Off

I see so many people on Hawaii’s trails and adventures wearing new-looking, white sneakers. I just don’t have the heart to tell them that their shoes will never look the same. They’re blissfully unaware that they’re going to have to stamp through unavoidable mud or cross the trail in a stream.

To hike to waterfalls and traipse through a rainforest, you really need to be wearing shoes that you won’t mind getting wet and dirty. Ideally, you should bring hiking shoes or sandals that are designed for quick drying. I always bring my water sandals to Hawaii. They’re...
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Don’t Go To Hawaii Without: Moisture-Wicking, Quick-Drying Pants

Posted: November 14th, 2011 | Comments Off
Moisture wicking, quick drying trousers

Andy likes to wear zip-off pants (left) while I like my convertible trousers (right).

With Hawaii’s weather being warm and tropical, you might not think of packing long trousers, but they are very useful.

Several Hawaii vacation activities either require or are best done in long pants. Some of those fun activities are:

  • horseback riding
  • hiking over lava – to protect your skin in the event you fall on this very hard and uneven surface
  • ATV riding
  • sightseeing in...
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Aloha Friday Photo: Veterans Day 2011 Edition

Posted: November 11th, 2011 | Comments Off

We veer a bit away from our normal light-hearted Aloha Friday Photos to something with a bit of a serious tone. With today being Veterans Day in the U.S., let’s remember the sacrifices of our service men and women.

Please make the effort to thank a veteran today. If you don’t have the opportunity to extend your personal gratitude, please consider making a donation to the USO , an organization  that does so much to assist our service men and women.

If you are a veteran reading...
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The Big Waves are Comin’

Posted: November 10th, 2011 | Comments Off

Ehukai Beach Park - Banzai Pipeline

On Saturday, the premiere surfing event, Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, begins on Oahu’s North Shore. That means the big, ginormous, monster waves of winter are on their way!

If you’re going to Oahu between now and February, keep your eyes and ears tuned to the surf report. If the big waves are coming, then try to take a peek at the surfing action on the North Shore. The read the full article »

Don’t Go To Hawaii Without: Rash Guard Top

Posted: November 9th, 2011 | Comments Off

Rash guard top

Andy has been wearing his rash guard top in Hawaii for a few years now. I only found mine earlier this year. I won’t go to Hawaii without one now.

What makes rash guard tops so valuable?

The built in sun protection is the main reason I recommend a rash guard top. Whether we’re kayaking, snorkeling, or just spending a day at the beach, these tops offer exceptional sun protection – usually the equivalent of SPF 50. We don’t have to keep...
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New Series: Don’t Go To Hawaii Without

Posted: November 9th, 2011 | Comments Off

Luggage tag

Do you remember the old American Express commercials with the famous tagline, “Don’t leave home without it”? Well, I’m going to start a new series of posts that somewhat plays on that tagline. This new series is – Don’t go to Hawaii without – will highlight all the the items that are our must brings for Hawaii vacations. I’ll publish this series of tips periodically in the coming weeks.

My aim in this series is to help highlight some...
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