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Hawaii is an extraordinary collection of people and cultures that has resulted in paradise. There is something for everyone here and I am collecting my own and other people's favorites in the hopes that I can see the true magic of this tropical paradise.
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and, Kamehameha Avenue, Mamo St, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
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The Huffington Post named the Hilo Farmers Market the best in the United States. For fresh local flavors, the market is open every day except Sunday. The big market days are on Wednesdays and Saturdays where more than 200 vendors including farmers...
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811 Kealakai St, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
Exporting gorgeous anthuriums all over the world, Green Point Nursery is a fascinating place to visit which you can only do as part of a structured tour. If you get that opportunity you should definitely not pass it up. It is a family-owned...
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71 Banyan Dr, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
Due to land-use requirements, very few hotels operate on the Hilo side of the Big Island. A number of bed and breakfasts, small hotels, and house or condo rentals are typically the best way to find accommodation in the Hilo and Volcano Village...
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Ho'olehua, HI 96729, USA
Molokai is the place to go if you are looking for a relaxing Hawaiian trip off the beaten path. The island is a short flight from anywhere in Hawaii or you could travel by ferry from Maui. Although this small island has so little traffic that...
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S High St, Wailuku, HI 96793, USA
The fragrance of plumeria and gentle island breezes greet you upon your arrival in to Maui. Soon after you've de-boarded the plane, received an elegant tuberose lei and picked up your bags, you're off to pick up your rental car. The woman behind...
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Hana, HI 96713, USA
The Road to Hana is one of Maui's most famous attractions-- and it's no wonder, with its lush jungle vegetation and over 400 hairpin curves that follow this winding ocean road. Hana is true paradise, marked by its black and red sand beaches and...
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2169 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
In Honolulu, just a couple blocks off Kalakaua Avenue sits the Outrigger Reef on the Beach hotel. The open-air lobby with several shops on the ground floor and a tropical garden near the entry make this hotel a quieter and beautiful place to stay...
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100 Holomoana St, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
Sometimes the very weight of the expenditures each day on a vacation can cloud the enjoyment of the locale. So from time to time, I will share little gems to make your trip better. Lunch buffet at the Hawaii Prince Hotel in Waikiki is impressive....
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56-505 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahuku, HI 96731, USA
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Take a road trip up to the North Shore of Oahu and go hungry! A stop at Giovanni's Shrimp Truck is a must if you are a garlic and butter lover...and really - who isn't? Make sure you have plenty of napkins!
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3700 Wailea Alanui Dr, Wailea, HI 96753, USA
Now this is truly a place you never want to leave. The infinity edge pool at the Marriott in Wailea, Maui. The pool reached right out to the Pacific Ocean, and you almost felt as if you were in the ocean itself. Grab an umbrella drink, swim over...
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42 Pier, Honolulu, HI 96817, USA
Every morning from Monday to Saturday visitors can watch the opening of the Honolulu fish auction. The bell rings at 5:30am and enjoy the flurry of activity of buyers bidding on fish for their clients. If you want visitors can also buy fish...
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820 Olowalu Village Rd, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA
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Leoda's Kitchen and Pie Shop is a Maui favorite. The eatery uses locally sourced ingredients to make everything from scratch. The chicken pot pie (pictured), the roast pork hoagie, and the signature burger are particularly delicious. You can't...
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2427 Kūhiō Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
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Down a tiny alley, next to a surfboard-rental shop, you'll find cubby-sized cafe called Iyasume Musubi. With off-the-path charm, they serve bento boxes, rice bowls, and a wide menu of musubi (including the infamous Spam) for under $10. Don't wait...
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Magic Island, Honolulu, HI 96814, USA
Even before I moved to Hawaii, I knew I wanted to be a part of the Lantern Floating Festival. It takes place on Memorial Day weekend in May at Ala Moana Park in Honolulu. An estimated 40,000 people turned out for the 2012 celebration where...
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66-111 Kamehameha Hwy #101, Haleiwa, HI 96712, USA
This spacious North Shore eatery and watering hole riffs on the beloved Honolulu original. It makes a strong showing in the "pupu" (appetizer) department with nibbles like poke, pot stickers, kālua-pig fried rice, Korean-style chicken wings, and...
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Kapiolani Park Beach, Diamond Head - Kapahulu - St. Louis, HI 96815, USA
The Hawaiian Islands are made up of many more cultural groups than Hawaiian Islanders and white settlers. Located between Asia and North America, the blend of cultures is much different than the other 49 States. Every time I host guests in ...
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Haleiwa, HI 96712, USA
Known for stand-up paddleboard tours, Coconut Adventures also offers sunset sails for small groups that go out of Haleiwa Harbor. —Hoku Haiku Haleiwa Harbor, (808) 372-1218. This appeared in the June/July 2013 issue. Read more about Hoku Haiku’s...
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57-091 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahuku, HI 96731, USA
We only have one resort on the North Shore: Turtle Bay. It’s set right on the beach and has a 36-hole golf course. Every Tuesday the resort’s bar hosts open mic night. —Hoku Haiku 57-091 Kamehameha Hwy., Kahuku, (808) 293-6000. This appeared in...
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2330 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
This elegant mall bridges glitzy Kalakaua Avenue and up-and-coming Kuhio Avenue. Its heart: a treehouse in an enormous Indian banyan tree. The tree was planted around 1850 and briefly owned by Queen Emma; at one point, one of its tree houses...
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53 - 360 Kamehameha Hwy, Hauula, HI 96717, USA
A trip to the North Shore is a must for any visitor on Oahu. It is an easy day trip from Honolulu or Waikiki to swing around Hawaii Kai up the windward (east) side of the island and make several stops along the way. The best shrimp in Hawaii is up...
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59-024 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712, USA
Everyone is crazy for the chocolate haupia pie here, but the shrimp plate is also so good you’ll want to lick your fingers. —Hoku Haiku 59-024 Kamehameha Hwy., Sunset Beach, (808) 638-8207. This appeared in the June/July 2013 issue. Read more...
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Hilo, HI 96720, USA
After hiking along waterfalls, palms, iron wood, breadfruit trees, and a romantic fern grotto, we came upon the rain forest's sister, the ocean, kissing our feet as we emerged to remind us we are on an island and we are but mortal.
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We stayed in Hilo—hot, wet, and tropical Hilo—in a rented, Japanese-style house. Since I'm an astronomy nerd, I had to take the tour up to the observatories on Mauna Kea—way up on the top of the Big Island. The van trip was fun and educational,...
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5-5468 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, HI 96714, USA
I was headed to the pier to photograph my kids jumping off. I was only in ankle deep water and ducked under the pier. This was the view looking out towards the bay. Awesome water colors!
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1610 Haleukana St, Lihue, HI 96766, USA
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This takeout place was full of local people during lunch. Off of Highway 50, go west of the Kukui Grove Shopping Center, and south on Puhi Road. It's in a weird industrial area surrounded by cargo trucks, but a great place to stop by for chicken...
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78-128 Ehukai St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
Perhaps lesser known, the Big Island (Hawaii) presents you with incredible fresh fish, local farm-to-table produce, and some very inventive twists on local-style recipes. We had dinner at Rays on the Bay—the name referring to the manta rays that...
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Lahaina, HI, USA
On my recent trip to Maui the first thing I did was sign up for a surf class. Surfing has been on my bucket list for years and I couldn't have asked for a better locale to put my balancing skills to the test. Our instructors were Dustin and...
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79-7539 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kealakekua, HI 96750, USA
On a clear, almost cloudless morning (typical of most days on the Big Island), I sprinted to the Kona Boys Stand Up Paddle boarding Beach Shack conveniently located near the hotel I was staying at, smack on the beachfront of the Marriott King...
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78-128 Ehukai St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
The newly refurbished Sheraton Kona Keauhou Bay Resort is stylish, with a large pool and water slide. But it was the history and the view from the hotel (located off the famous Ali'i Drive) that won me over. The hotel gives you an excellent...
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19-3948 Old Volcano Rd, Volcano, HI 96785, USA
Just a mile away from the entrance to the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is the newly refurbished Kilauea Lodge. I was expecting rustic charm but brushed shoulders with a bed & breakfast style hospitality: from the mugs of coffee to the crackling...
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96-3232 Maile St, Pahala, HI 96720, USA
A restored sugar mansion following the decline of the sugarcane industry on the Island, the Pahala Plantation Cottages are an ideal place to stay if you're on the Big Island for an extended period of time, or with a large group (you can rent the...
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27-999 Mamalahoa Hwy, Pepeekeo, HI 96783, USA
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What's Shakin' is a fantastic local food spot located outside of Hilo, on the Big Island, along what is labeled the 'Pepe'ekeo Scenic Drive.' They are known for their fresher-than-fresh smoothies, but also boast a menu that'll appease even the...
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‘Akaka Falls, Hawaii 96720, USA
I call this the "postcard shot." Akaka Falls resides in the appropriately named Akaka Falls State Park, which is just a short car ride from the town of Hilo on the Big Island. Park the car for a small fee (based on the number of passengers and...
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915 Maunawili Rd, Kailua, HI 96734, USA
Visible from anywhere in Kailua-Kaneohe are the three peaks of Mount Olomana. The majestic peaks are named after a mythical Hawaiian warrior and offers more than spectacular views from all angles. To reach your destination from Honolulu you take...
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Kahalewai Place Haleiwa, HI 96712, Haleiwa, HI 96712, United States
The Pacific Ocean picks up power in the winter months on the North facing shores o Hawaii. Great for surfers not for swimming or snorkeling!! This beach is on Oahu right next to Haleiwa Beach Park.
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755 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816, USA
Owned and operated by a native Peruvian, Rico Rico chicken is the taste of Lima right in the heart of Honolulu.
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Cape Kumukahi, Hawaii 96778, USA
If you find the Cape Kumukahi Light, as it's labeled, be sure to not expect a true "lighthouse." We made our way to the corner of 132 and 137, and then continued on down Kapoho Kumakahi Lighthouse Road expecting something great. It's literally a...
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Hana, HI 96713, USA
At the far eastern end of the island of Maui, along the Hana Highway, there is a path that leads to the famous Red Sand Beach. Along the way, you must cross over a rocky beach where you will find this view of the Pacific Ocean pounding the coast....
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If you have the time next time you're in Hawaii, instead of just hanging on the beach or catching point breaks, charter a sailboat for a few days. Tons of boats will take you out of the Big Island or out of Lahaina on Maui—not too expensive if you...
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2233 Kalakaua Ave Suite 304, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
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Satisfy your sushi cravings at Doraku Sushi. This reasonably-priced Japanese restaurant's owner is the son of Benihana's founder and located on busy Kalakaua Avenue—right in the middle of the action. Feast your eyes on this ahi poke: local tuna,...
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1113 Smith St, Honolulu, HI 96817, USA
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From the dingy exterior, you might expect Little Village Noodle House to be a hole-in-the-wall, but it's surprisingly cute and nicely decorated inside, with fountains, decorative woodwork, and nice tables and chairs. The chef's special fried rice...
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2335 Kalakaua Ave #203, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
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For me, ceviche is a mandatory menu item: if I see it on the menu, that's what I'm having. I was a little hesitant about "Polynesian-style ceviche" at the Hula Grill, but ordered anyway. I shouldn't have worried: it turned out to be a magnificent...
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For traditional Hawaiian food, I go to my favorite lunch truck. Try the lau lau, which is pork or sweet potato wrapped in a taro leaf and a tea leaf. — Hoku Haiku 66-412 Haleiwa Rd., Haleiwa, (808) 321-5967. This appeared in the June/July 2013...
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Lihue, HI 96766, USA
A lot of people throw around the word "authentic" and then book 15,000.00 trips to Tanzania. I can't imagine that is authentic, as people certainly don't bring that home in a year much less in 7 days. Kauai is a beautiful island with great...
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1602 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96826, USA
All of the sandwiches at Storto’s are named after surf breaks. My favorite is the Sunset, which is roast beef, ham, and turkey. —Hoku Haiku 66-215 Kamehameha Hwy., Haleiwa, (808) 637-6633. This appeared in the June/July 2013 issue. Read more...
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1, Keomoku Highway, Lanai City, HI 96763, USA
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Lanai, a sleepy former pineapple plantation, has entered the spotlight. Following the island’s purchase by tech billionaire Larry Ellison in 2012, the Four Seasons Resort Lanai underwent an overhaul that reduced the number of guest rooms...
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316 Kuulei Rd, Kailua, HI 96734, USA
Handmade soaps with local scents, island and Kailua themed artwork, the good kine slippers, greeting cards, books, treats, floral purses, Hawaiian honey, tees, fresh tropical flowers and other goodies will delight you at Kailua General Store. Sit...
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Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA
A quaint small town, Lahaina indulges visitors in magnificent sunsets. But the Maui town is more than just beaches and pretty evening skies. There is no better way to get to know Lahaina than strolling down the streets, sample a few restaurants...