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Hawaii Island Bound!

One of my new year’s resolutions this year was to do more traveling within Hawaii. When I was growing up on Maui, I don’t think I truly learned to appreciate the islands. I was always pining to be somewhere else – living in New York City, spending holidays in Paris, or taking extended trips around […]

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Insider Tip: Hawaii Foodies Love Social Media

When I travel, I find myself turning more and more often to social media to help me get recommendations from locals on a town’s hot spots, best dishes, and up and coming chefs. Sites like Yelp and Foodspotting and their companion smartphone apps are extremely valuable for food-lovers and diners in Honolulu have embraced them […]

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Makawao Morning

I’ve lived on Oahu now for more than a decade. Just being able to say that makes me feel old! I was born and raised on Maui, first in Pukalani and then Makawao. One of the things I miss about Upcountry Maui is the chill in the air. Because of the higher elevation, mornings Upcountry […]

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Kama’aina Special: Aqua Lotus Honolulu

UPDATE AS OF MAY 2015 – The property has changed to the Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head, and Kama’aina (and other offers) can be found here. The Aqua Lotus Honolulu is a perfect escape for Kama’aina who want to stay just outside of the craziness that can be Waikiki. Say, perhaps after a concert at […]