Aloha Friday Photo: SPAM Breath Mints?

Posted: December 30th, 2011 | Comments Off

Hot off the heels of yesterday’s post about SPAM flavored mac nuts, we have yet another wacky, new SPAM product – SPAM mints. That’s right – SPAM mints!


Our Oahu pal, Dave, sent today’s photo. He spotted this display of SPAM mints on his way out of the store. He said that the cashier gave him a sample to try and he liked it.

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SPAM Flavored Macadamia Nuts — Would You Try Them?

Posted: December 29th, 2011 | Comments Off


When we were visiting Big Island last month, we popped into the visitors center at the Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company to see and taste new flavors. We were amused when we saw SPAM flavored mac nuts. With Hawaii being known for producing yummy macadamia nuts and Hawaii’s long standing love affair with SPAM this flavor was a perfect marriage.

I posted the above photo on our facebook page while we were at the Hamakua store. To my surprise, the...
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Pre-Vacation Checklist

Posted: December 27th, 2011 | Comments Off

Kohala Coast

While we’re in between holidays, I thought we’d revisit this blast-from-the-past post with a checklist of what to do before going on your Hawaii vacation. I’d really appreciate you’re input,, too. So, please comment to add your checklist items.

I wrote this checklist while I was recently in-flight while all the “going away” preparations were fresh in my mind. Preparing to go on vacation can be stressful, but hopefully this checklist will help you stay organized and calm.

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Mele Kalikimaka

Posted: December 24th, 2011 | Comments Off

Hawaiian Christmas Decoration

Wishing you and yours a Mele Kalikimaka, Hawaii’s way to say Merry Christmas!

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Aloha Friday Photo: “Big As A House” Poinsettia Edition

Posted: December 23rd, 2011 | Comments Off

Most of us on the mainland will purchase a poinsettia this time of year for the holidays. We typically care for the small plant indoors for a few months. Then, we’ll thank the plant for its display before sending it on the compost. That’s why it’s so surprising for us visitors when we see large poinsettias bushes growing outdoors in Hawaii.

Around this time of year in Hawaii, you’ll see outdoor poinsettia bushes  loaded with bright blooms. They appear to love Hawaii’s tropical environment.

Today’s Aloha Friday Photo was shared by Janet from New Mexico....
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Just Announced: Oahu New Year’s Eve Fireworks Extravaganza At Ko Olina

Posted: December 21st, 2011 | Comments Off

I just got word that Oahu’s Ko Olina Resort is planning a huge New Year’s Eve fireworks extravaganza! How huge? The sponsors are spending over $100,000 and making the fireworks visible from all four ocean lagoons. They’re also touting it as “Hawaii’s largest”. Here’s a bit more from the sponsors:

  • Synchronized soundtrack features popular music artists from Bruddah Iz and the Black-Eyed Peas to Katy Perry, Journey, Taio Cruz and more
  • First-ever New Year’s Eve offering by Ko Olina fires at midnight over four oceanfront lagoons land and sea...
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Big Island Lava Viewing Update By Land, Air & Sea

Posted: December 20th, 2011 | Comments Off
The current lava flow, coming down the pali and traversing the coastal plain, reached the ocean late last week. The ocean entry point is within the National Park, near its eastern border.  Today, numerous small streams of lava were cascading over the sea cliff, and lava entering the water was starting to build a small delta.

Lava entering the ocean, December 2011. Photo courtesy of the USGS.

The ever changing lava activity on Hawaii’s Big Island creates news options for lava viewing. As reported last...
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Kauai’s 15th Annual Festival of Lights

Posted: December 19th, 2011 | Comments Off
Opening Ceremony, Festival of Lights(1.25MB)

Kauai's Historic County Building in Lihue

The Garden Isle of Kauai is all aglow for the Christmas season with their annual  Festival of Lights. In its 15th year, Kauai Festival of Lights was created by the community to continue a local tradition that was started more than 50 years ago by read the full article »

Aloha Friday Photo: Santa at Haleakala

Posted: December 16th, 2011 | Comments Off

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Today’s Aloha Friday Photo comes to us from Annie Chavez-Hollingshead. Annie visited the summit of Haleakala for sunrise in December 2007. She had a magical visit, she describes as follows:


I have a gorgeous capture of the sunrise, despite the flurries, and cold that we experienced right before this. I  have a wonderful picture of a man that looked...
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Maui Christmas Dining & Events 2011

Posted: December 16th, 2011 | Comments Off

Ukulele ornament

Christmas in Maui will be filled with lots of aloha this year – with hula, Hawaiian music and  delicious dining. Even Santa is scheduled to spend a good bit of time on Maui after he arrives by outrigger canoe.

Here’s what’s on slate for 2011:


Saturday, December...
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