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Coming up: Dishcrawl KapaWHOlu

Break out your walking shoes and stretchy pants, Honolulu! The latest Dishcrawl is coming up this Wednesday 2/27 and – by popular demand – the neighborhood is Kapahulu!

I’m excited for this for two reasons:

1) Kapahulu is a great eating destination! There are many high-caliber hidden gems tucked into the strip malls and storefronts that line Kapahulu’s main corridor. I can think of a variety of eats – Japanese, Thai, Hawaiian, Korean, and even food trucks all on the same stretch. Not to mention a certain sugary Portuguese treat…

2) Kapahulu is my ‘hood! I can pretty much just roll myself home after the event is done, and hopefully tuck into bed before the food coma sets in.

For those who aren’t yet acquainted with the concept of Dishcrawl, it’s a mystery progressive dinner where all you’ll know in advance is the neighborhood and that you’ll be sampling a dish or two at FOUR different restaurants, all within walking distance. Diners are given the name of the first restaurant just 48 hours prior to the event, and the rest you learn as you go.

Last month, I attended Dishcrawl After Dark in Kaimuki. It was my first Dishcrawl, and I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I loved that air of mystery! It was also really fun to be experiencing the dishes and restaurants with a group of adventurous foodies. It’s easy to make new friends, and I wasn’t the only one who attended solo.

A few photos from last month’s Dishcrawl After Dark:

Part of the fun is not knowing where you’re heading next, but even when the restaurants were ones I’d been to before, I got to try different dishes (I found a new favorite at Himalayan Kitchen!) and we even got to hear from the chef/owners at each stop. Definitely a unique way to experience Honolulu’s dining scene. And it’s a plus that you get to walk off a few calories in between because I was absolutely STUFFED at my last Dishcrawl. Now I’m really looking forward to a stroll through Kapahulu!

Join me Tomorrow!

>> Get your tickets for Dishcrawl KapaWHOlu here. BONUS: Enter the code “shoyusugarspecial” for $10 off the regular price of $45!

>> Follow Dischrawl Honolulu on Facebook and Twitter, and check out their website for exciting upcoming events, including Kailua, Bacon-themed, and a singles’ Dishcrawl!

Kamaaina Deals at Travaasa Hana with Mokulele Airlines

This week, Mokulele Airlines made the the first of its twice-daily roundtrip flights between Kahului Airport and Hana, Maui. Flights start at $59 each way and should be booked well in advance – yes, this is a tiny plane to make the short 20 minute trip to Hana.

This is GREAT news for Kama’aina! While the famous Road to Hana is beautiful and well worth the drive, it still takes at least a couple of hours each way, making it a bit of a deterrent to many who have just a weekend or a few days to stay on-island. So a low-cost daily flight is the perfect answer.

Sea Ranch Cottages at Travaasa Hana (photo courtesy of Travaasa Hana)

>> To sweeten the deal even further, Travaasa Hana is currently offering these Kama’aina Packages only for Hawaii residents:

“Garden Suite Getaway” Package, $295/night

The delightful “Garden Suite Getaway” package includes accommodations in a low-rise bungalow Garden Suite; roundtrip air from Kahului Airport (OGG) to Hana Airport (HNM) on Mokulele Airlines for two (valued at $240); ground transportation to and from the Hana Airport; $25 per person spa credit; $25 per person private activity credit; and $50 food and beverage credit. Based on double occupancy; excluding taxes and service charges. Two-night minimum stay required. Certain restrictions and blackout dates apply. Proof of Hawaii residency is required at check-in.

“Sea Ranch Romance” Package, $395/night

For the ultimate romantic escape, experience Travaasa Hana with the “Sea Ranch Romance” package. This seductive offer includes accommodations in a plantation-style, ocean view Sea Ranch Cottage with a private lanai; roundtrip air from Kahului Airport (OGG) to Hana Airport (HNM) on Mokulele Airlines for two (valued at $240); ground transportation to and from the Hana Airport; $25 per person spa credit; $25 per person private activity credit; and $50 food and beverage credit. Based on double occupancy; excluding taxes and service charges. Two-night minimum stay required. Must be 16 years or older to stay in Sea Ranch Cottage. Certain restrictions and blackout dates apply. Proof of Hawaii residency is required at check-in.

>>To book, visit www.travaasa.com/hana and enter rate code KAMAAINA, or call Travaasa Hana, Maui directly at (808) 248-8211.

>> Looking for hotel or other Kama’aina deals? Visit our Kama’aina Travel Deals page.
>> For the most recent posts on specific kama’aina deals, click here.
>> For more on MAUI, click here.

Travel Tips: How to Save Money on Hotels with Hotwire

New York City hotels are notoriously expensive, especially at the last minute. So how did I manage to score a 3 1/2 star hotel for less than $140/night with only two days notice? Hotwire.com!

If you’ve never used Hotwire before – or even if you have – you may be a bit leery at my suggestion. The way the site works is that when hotels have unsold inventory, they pass it over to Hotwire.com to sell without revealing the name of the property until after you book. The reason for this is that revealing their rock bottom prices would make it difficult for these hotels to continue charging their normal rates on their website and other hotel booking services.

The good news for you is that there is a way to get around the “anonymous” booking feature, by using a website called BetterBidding.com.
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Where to Stay on Maui: Ka’anapali Beach Hotel

While the Ka’anapali strip is now home to flashier, more luxurious properties all competing to out-do one another, there is something that remains timeless about Ka’anapali Beach Hotel. Proudly known as “Hawaii’s Most Hawaiian Hotel,” KBH really does it’s best to live up to it’s reputation.

Employees participate in a cultural awareness program called Po’okela and genuinely seem happy to be there. Many have worked there for decades. There are programs and activities for guests like lei-making, ukulele classes, and more. When you walk into the grounds you’ll see beautiful landscaping with plants like taro and plumeria trees throughout. We were lucky enough to be visiting right in the middle of plumeria season – the scent of the flowers in the evening was absolutely heavenly.


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Tax Day 2012 Specials in Honolulu

I read the other day that the number of fatal car crashes spike on Tax Day, which just goes to show how much we stress over this deadline. So it’s no surprise that it’s become popular for restaurants to offer deals to help you unwind and relax. This year tax day falls on Tuesday, April 17th (yup, that’s tomorrow!) because the April 15th fell on a weekend. So get those taxes done and make a reservation – lots of good deals out there!

BLT Steak – 50% off all alcoholic beverages. Details here.

Gyu-Kaku Kapiolani & Waikiki – Happy Hour all day 4/17 & 4/18. Must mention this deal before ordering.
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