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- Waikīkī 101: A dolphin orientation for touristsWaikiki Dolphin © 2018 Anton Anderssen First-time visitors to Hawaii will inevitably hear the word Waikīkī when planning their vacation to this island paradise. For some people, Waikīkī and Hawaii are synonymous; at least for me, when I tell people I own a condo in a skyscraper in Hawaii, I am actually referring to Waikīkī. To many people, Waikīkī is Hawaii, and […]
- Hawaii restaurants among world’s wine eliteHawaii was honored in Wine Spectator’s 2017 Restaurant Awards, which highlight restaurants around the world that offer the best wine selections. This year, the Restaurant Awards program honored 3,592 dining destinations from all 50 states in the US and more than 75 countries internationally. The Restaurant Awards began in 1981, and there are 3 levels: the Award of Excellence, the Best of […]
- Waimea Valley reveals hidden secrets under moonlight beamsby Dr. Anton Anderssen When the full moon rises on the island of Oahu, Hawaiians and their guests make a special journey to one of the most significant cultural sites in the state: Waimea Valley. Known as the “moon walk,” visitors are led throughout the valley as a new world unfolds before them. Waimea Valley is an archaeological treasure, with 78 known […]
- Iconic Waikiki beachfront resort goes for the goldClifton Kau who has worked as a bellman at Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort since it opened 50 years ago in 1967 says he enjoys working with people who understand that “hospitality has to come from the heart.” Adding, “as the years piled on, I found that I didn’t want to leave (Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort). If I were reincarnated, I would want […]
- Royals come out for Prince Kuhio DayPrince Kūhiō Day is a state holiday in Hawaii, observed March 26 each year. He was the founder of the Hawaiian Civic Club movement and proponent of the Hawaiian Homestead Act of 1921. Events take place on or around this date, featuring festivals and parades. On Saturday, March 25, hundreds of participants dedicated to preserving the heritage and culture of the Hawaiian […]
- Hyatt Centric Waikiki: A new hotel and resort trend setterIt still smells new at the Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach. Located at the corner of Seaside Ave and Kuhio Ave, there could not be a better more central location in Waikiki. In January 2015 Hyatt Hotels Corporation introduced Hyatt Centric, a new, full-service lifestyle brand designed for business and leisure travelers. Mark Hoplamazian, president and chief executive officer, Hyatt said in January […]
- Great bargains you will love in WaikikiA visit to Waikiki doesn’t have to break the bank; there are many fun activities that are a frugal traveler’s dream come true. After 38 visits to the islands, I came up with short list of must-do activities that are budget friendly. The first bargain is the public bus. Seniors and disabled visitors can get a yearly pass for only $30. For […]
- Kailua Beach Park, OahuWith a half mile of soft white sand, turquoise water and gentle breezes, Kailua Beach Park located on the Windward Coast is a local favorite. A hub for water sports, Kailua Beach welcomes visitors and locals to windsurf, body board, kayak and parasail. Conveniently, kayak rentals, dive shops and beachwear boutiques are located nearby the beach. Kailua Beach’s proximity to several small […]
- Grand Hyatt Kauai ResortSituated in a “beautiful location” fronting the beach and surrounded by gardens and lagoons, this low-rise Keoneloa Bay resort has an open-air design reminiscent of Hawaii in the 1920s and ’30s. “It’s heaven on earth.” R Rooms have white-marble–tiled entryways and rain showers, and terraces are furnished in mahogany with traditional Hawaiian-print linens. Dine on pan-Asian at Yum Cha, or surf and […]
- Ko‘a Kea Resort KauaiYou might assume that the first luxury small property to open on Kauai in 30 years would have made a splashy debut, but the beachfront Ko‘a Kea (built on the site of the old Poipu Beach Hotel) slipped onto the scene with barely a ripple. Maybe it’s the size: With just 121 rooms—all with balconies or lanais and within earshot of the […]
- Four Seasons Resort Lāna‛i: Grand OpeningFour Seasons Resort Lāna‛i, on a 90,000 acre secluded island just nine miles from Maui, is now celebrating its grand opening. In a Hawaiian blessing ceremony, Lawrence J. Ellison, owner, Four Seasons Resorts Lāna‛i and Isadore Sharp, Founder and Chairman, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts were joined by Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa, local dignitaries, community members and employees to untie the […]
- Waikiki Beach is disappearingOne of Hawaii’s most iconic beaches, Waikiki Beach is facing erosion issues due to its nature as an engineered beach filled with imported sand. It’s not a new problem since Waikiki Beach has been dealing with erosion for years. To provide a solution that will preserve the beach, Hawaiian lawmakers are pushing for the implementation of a bill. The original bill stipulates […]
- La Mer restaurant Halekulani HotelChef Mavro restaurant and La Mer restaurant both have retained the AAA Five Diamond rating they first earned years ago. La Mer at Halekulani in Waikiki was first awarded its Five Diamond status in 1990, and Chef Mavro has maintained its since 2008, while several other restaurants have fallen from the lofty height, often because the hotels in which they are located […]