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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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Waimea Valley reveals hidden secrets under moonlight beams

by 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 surface sites of interest. Waimea, “The Valley of the Priests,” gained its title around 1090, when the ruler of Oahu, Kamapuaa, awarded the land to the high priest…

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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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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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La Mer restaurant Halekulani Hotel

Chef 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 have closed for renovation. Four Diamond winners and the year of their first rating are, Bali Steak & Seafood at the Hilton Hawaiian Village (1989), Hoku’s at the…

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