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Hawaii restaurants among world’s wine elite

Hawaii 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 Award of Excellence, and the Grand Award, with 2,335; 1,168; and 89 winners this year in each respective category. Five of the Grand Award winners—Del Frisco’s Double Eagle…

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Iconic Waikiki beachfront resort goes for the gold

Clifton 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 to come back.” That is some testimonial. Summer 2017 marks half-a-century of Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort welcoming visitors from around the globe to experience an epic vacation in…

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Hyatt Centric Waikiki: A new hotel and resort trend setter

It 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 2015:” Hyatt Centric travelers are looking for a cosmopolitan vibe in the center of the action, so we worked to test various elements in real time, in real…

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Great bargains you will love in Waikiki

A 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 shorter stays, the senior ID card costs $10 and monthly pass sticker costs only $5. The regular fare costs only $2.50, which is steal when used for a…

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Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort

Situated 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 turf at Tidepools, which was built to resemble huts floating in a lagoon. Anara Spa offers treatments in open-air bungalows. “The staff make you feel so welcome.” Pools…

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Ko‘a Kea Resort Kauai

You 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 waves—the resort is considerably smaller than its brand-name neighbors on the sunny south coast. Eschewing waterslides and swim-up bars, Ko‘a Kea has more sedate pleasures: an unadorned swimming…

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Four Seasons Resort Lāna‛i: Grand Opening

  Four 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 sacred, mana-filled lei and officially open the Resort. “We are delighted to share a unique destination experience with rich culture, diverse landscapes and limitless options for relaxation and…

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