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Last Minute Omiyage (gifts)

Vibrantly colored tea towels in tropical designs, From Cultivate Hawai‘i at Owens & Co. Photo by Natalie Schack BY: NATALIE SCHACK Sweet, little, local this and that’s to give (or get!). The season of gift-giving is upon us all! The great news for those lucky people on your list? Hawai‘i is a fabulous shopper’s paradise,…

Dine Out At One of These Four Restaurants For Christmas

BY: MARIA KANAI Make Christmas day extra special by visiting one of these restaurants around Hawaii that’s serving up delicious food for dinner. Think beyond roast turkey or carved ham with mashed potatoes (though there’s nothing wrong with that!) – these are all establishments known for local flair and being creative with their dishes, which…

Four Places to See Christmas Displays in Hawaii

By Maria Kanai Oahu – Christmas Lane, 45-355 to 45-395 Namoku Street Every year, practically all the homes on this street light up for the holidays. Find parking if you’re able to and walk from end to end to see all the fun decorations like Waldo, snowmen, giant penguins and bears, Minions and more. There’s…

Think Outside the Postcard

Photo by Natalie Schack Festive, local Christmas Cards to Give This Yuletide Season BY: NATALIE SCHACK Little notes and trinkets that let people know you’re thinking about them can speak serious volumes. That especially goes for when you’re living it up in Hawaii during this time of year, when your frostbitten friends back home may…

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…

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