Kauai For Romantics, Foodies and Beach Lovers

The Island of Kauai is often thought of as extremely wet. True it does have one of the wettest spots on earth called Mt. Waialeale, receiving over 400 inches a year, but that is not the entire truth of Kauai. Almost round in shape, Kauai has distinct weather variations on this 522 square mile island. The famous Poipu area is to the South and has glorious beach days most of the year. Kekaha, once a thriving sugar cane town and mill has very hot, dry weather. It is generally inhabited by locals as there are no support services, not even a gas station. Lihue, Wailua  and Kapaa to the east side are where most of the population live and gets onshore winds in the afternoon and the further you go inland, you will find rain and the famous, navigable, Wailua [...]

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By | 2017-07-11T21:38:48+00:00 October 26th, 2016|Categories: Featured, Hawaii|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Begin Your Hawaii Exploration at Bishop Museum

credit: Bishop Museum Before you take off to look at the I'olani Palace or the Pali lookout, or even Wai'kiki beach, your  next visit to the Hawaiian Islands should begin at Oahu’s Bishop Museum. Learn about the Royal lineage, the flora, fauna and ocean life, the everyday life of chief or commoner, the mele and chants, foods, medicines, culture, navigation by the stars and a working volcano display. The new Pacific Hall is a collections of all of the various nations and islanders that share the Pacific Ocean. Long a favorite place to start an exploration of Hawaii for akamai (smart) visitors and a place to teach island keiki (children) about where they live, Bishop Museum appeals to locals and travelers alike. With many exhibits of Hawaiian history, artifacts, paintings and kahili of Hawaiian monarchs, flora and fauna, [...]

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By | 2017-07-11T21:38:57+00:00 September 15th, 2014|Categories: Destinations, Featured, Hawaii, Museum, Oahu, See and Do|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Ka’anapali Fresh Festival 2014

The languid life awaits you at the Hyatt Regency Maui at Ka'anapali Resort. What a glorious celebration Ka'anapali Fresh Festival  is of  the relationship between Maui farmers, fishermen, ranchers and chefs.  For three days the agriculture, seafood and ranching community ( there are 800 farms on Maui) is brought to the forefront  as talented island chefs create an abundance of flavorful, fresh pupu, dishes, deserts and drinks at Ka'anapali Beach Resort. The mission is simple; to ensure the viability and future of Maui's farms and ranches. Preservation of the lifestyle is also key. Who in Hawaii and many parts of the world has not heard about the famous Hawaiian cowboys; the "Paniolo?" In Maui they are  usually based in the Paniolo town of Makawao on the slopes of Haleakala crater. Kula strawberries are available year round from " upcountry Maui" on [...]

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Waikiki to Buenos Aires: Finding the Best Facial

Canyon Ranch Spa Steps from a busy world-renowned Waikiki Beach or tucked away from the cacophony of 5th Avenue in Manhattan, you might be surprised to learn that there are serene spas offering rejuvenation to your weary body and ragged spirit. And where does the effect of dry plane air, airline food and jet lag show up first ? Why on your face, of course, so I always try to fit a facial into my travel plans. This collection of spas offers some of the best facials I have ever had. The facial criteria included product, application, product knowledge, surroundings, skill of the esthetician and total experience. The Spa at Langham Place, Fifth Avenue, New York City Billed as “a luxurious retreat from the chaos of the world outside,” it fulfills this promise. The Spa at Langham Place [...]

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Lumeria Retreat Maui: An Interview With Xorin Balbes

Gaze into Xorin's eyes and see the depths of his love for his adopted home on Maui. (Image credit: Lumeria) Tucked up around a sharp curve on the way to the paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) enclave of Makawao, Maui, a special place called Lumeria has been created for spiritual exploration and learning. The journey to create this place has been quite an enlightening experience for owner and designer Xorin Balbes. The project has not been an easy one but he lights up when he explains what he has gained from it. I tell him I admire his perseverance and I see that he has the rare ability to create from a dream. Sitting in a local restaurant in Paia, Xorin and I have lunch and talk about Lumeria. What inspires you about the island of Maui? Specifically, Maui has [...]

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By | 2017-07-11T21:39:06+00:00 January 23rd, 2014|Categories: Destinations, Hawaii, United States|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Another Award for The Kahala’s Chef Wayne Hirabayashi

I have had a long-standing love affair with The Kahala hotel. Growing up  at the foot of Kaimanahila (Diamond Head) on Oahu, Hawaii, as children we went to the Kahala Hilton, as it was known way back in the day, for special occasion brunches. After my teen years I modeled Hawaiian fashion there at lunch. As a young adult I went to listen to a knock-out singer like Connie Kissinger with Kit Samson’s trio after a special dinner date in the Maile Room. A decade ago I was married on the expansive lawn there in a relaxed an elegant “shoes-optional” party at the waters edge. An incarnation or two later and The Kahala is still evolving and now better than ever. Especially the cuisine. Early this summer The Kahala Executive Chef Wayne Hirabayashi was named Outstanding Manager of the Year in the Large Property category [...]

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By | 2017-07-11T21:39:06+00:00 September 17th, 2013|Categories: Chefs, Destinations, Hawaii, Savor, United States|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Slick Stay: The Modern Honolulu

The registration desk at The Modern Honolulu is the first hint that this hip, swank hotel will deliver a very unique but relaxing stay for you. Waikiki has so many options and yes even kama'ainas ( locals)  do venture there now and again. I think its best to stay on either end of Waikiki to stay out of the traffic fray- there always seems to be some roadwork  on the main drag of Kalakaua Ave. There are two directions on this side of the island: Ewa and Diamond Head. So here is a fantastic place on the Ewa  end of Waikiki. Do you remember the opening for the old Hawaii Five -O show? Steve  McGarrett is standing on the lanai of the newly built  Ilikai Hotel ( curiously the real name of the developer was Chin Ho).  The [...]

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By | 2017-07-11T21:39:07+00:00 August 12th, 2013|Categories: Destinations, Hawaii, Hotels, Oahu, Stay|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Kō at The Fairmont Kea Lani Gives You a Taste of Maui’s History

Sugar cane is still being grown on Maui, but it is rather extraordinary to think that now you can dine poolside at Kō under the stars at this fine restaurant enjoying the flavors of meals prepared by those who tended the land not very far from here, over a hundred years ago?

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Holoholo Hawaii : Island Hop for Sun, Fun and Fantastic Food

It is time to re-think Hawaii. And because each island is so different, the best way to experience Hawaii is to island hop by planning a seven night, two island vacation. Easy non-stop flights to Oahu, Hawaii from gateway airports can put your toes on famous Waikiki beach with a Mai Tai in hand in time for sunset the very same day.

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Cowgirl Profile: DeeDee Keakealani-Bertelmann, Paniolo Wahine

"It is important to be there for our keiki (children) ; they are our future and our future will depend on them. This is mea Hawai’i, it is in my blood.”- Big Island rancher DeeDee Keakealani-Bertelmann

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By | 2017-07-11T21:39:12+00:00 May 29th, 2011|Categories: Destinations, Hawaii, United States|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments