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5 Ways Hawaii Does Winter

BY: MARIA KANAI While winter in Hawaii isn’t quite full of typical, traditional Christmas images: white snow, sweater weather or a roaring fireplace, we’ve got plenty of Christmas spirit of our own! Here are some of our favorite ways we do winter … island-style! 1. Holiday Feasting You know it’s a party when there’s a pile of slippers (slippahs)! crowding the front door. Our Christmas parties tend to morph into an all-day, potluck-style feast with a revolving door of guests: parents, kids, aunties, uncles, tutus, friends, grandkids, and so on – maybe because we live in a state where so many homes are made up of multi-generational families. Some of our family-favorite dishes during the holidays include: Kalua turkey: Slow-cooked shredded turkey with a deep, smoky-salty flavor Pumpkin crunch: All the aunties make this! The crust holds a sweet pumpkin…

Oahu Events To Fill Your Summer

Mark your calendar! From hula festivals and ocean sports to live music and entertainment, the long days of summer are the perfect time to take advantage of Oahu’s many outdoor events and activities. Plan your trip now to soak in Hawaii’s warm, balmy weather along with all the culture, sports and music the islands have…

Our Favorite Ways to Bring a Piece of Hawaii Home with You

When you think of Hawaii you don’t typically think of it as a shopping destination (unless it’s to pick up an extra swimsuit to use at the beach). But from fresh macadamia nuts and locally made honey, to colorfully designed aloha shirts and brightly printed purses, there’s a good chance that you’ll want to take…

These “Weird” Hawaii Foods are Sure to Tickle Your Taste Buds!

Are you ready to challenge your palate? When it comes to cuisine, the fun begins when you start trying dishes a few steps outside of your comfort zone. Hawaii is filled with many different foods from a wide range of cultures. Although some menu items might sound a little strange – like everything else, you…

Reasons to Say Aloha in 2018

The new year is here! And aside from setting personal, health and business goals, it’s also time to start solidifying those travel plans for 2018. Sure, you could visit Hawaii any year, but we’ve got the perfect “excuse” (in case you needed one or more) to make this year the year to pack your bags…

Ring in the Lunar New Year with These Good Luck Rituals

The Lunar New Year – or Chinese New Year – is right around the corner and in Hawaii, it’s a pretty big deal. From block party celebrations to household traditions, the coming of the New Year gathers people together as they wish one another good fortune and honor ancestors. The date of the Lunar New…

Hawaii Laws You May Not Know About

Read More Travel Tips | Book a Tour From the way we speak (Pidgin English) to the things we eat, Hawaii is known for being unique in many different ways. And while Hawaii is part of the United States, there are a few things beyond its size and distance that make it stand apart from…

Planning a Visit to Majestic Maunakea

The Big Island – officially named the island of Hawaii – is the largest island in the U.S. and is home to a range of climate zones. It is also the youngest in the island chain and is a favorite vacation destination due to its volcanoes, black sand beaches, and Kona coffee. But did you…

What to Do When it’s Winter in Hawaii

It’s hard to believe that there are seasons in Hawaii, but there are actually two – “kau” (summer) and “hoolio” (winter). Although the change may not be as noticeable in the islands as it is in other states, if you visit Hawaii between December and February, you can feel the difference. As if large swells…

Taking Your Vacation Green

In Hawaii, we preserve the value of “Malama ka ‘aina” (caring for the land). This is the notion of caring for and living in harmony with the land. With so much natural beauty around us, showing aloha and taking care of our island home is even more important than ever so that we can ensure…

Ten Sweet Facts About Pineapples

Despite their prickly appearance, the pineapple is as sweet a fruit as they come. With a taste that instantly transports you to a balmy tropical vacation, it’s no wonder that many enjoy a slice or two in their drink, as a dessert or even a light snack. This ono (delicious) tropical fruit had been cultivated in…

Scenic Spots Around Hawaii

From the valleys of Kauai to the flowing lava fields of Kilauea, breathtaking views are the epitome of the Aloha State. From the mountains to the ocean, Hawaii is a land of sea-nic beauty. Every island offers its own unique spots with a one-of-a-kind view. A visit to some of these scenic spots allows you…