Lemongrass poached lobster with pork kau yuk is a far cry from the shrimp cocktails that Honolulu was once known for
Destinations / Food / Hawaii / United States

Hawai’i: Food with Aloha!

When most travellers think of Hawai’i, they think of the famous beaches and shopping of Waikiki, the majestic surf breaks of Maui, Steve McGarrett, Hawai’i Five-O or the volcanos of the Big Island. But Ha-vai-ee, as most Hawaiians pronounce it, has undergone an incredible renaissance in regional cuisine that now […]

The Grand Princess sails round-trip from San Francisco to Hawaii
California / Chronological / Cruises / Destinations / Hawaii / United States

Luxury Cruising from San Francisco to Hawaii on Princess Cruise Lines

In a recent article entitled Three Reasons to Book Your Next Cruise out of San Francisco, we wrote about the fun of spending part of a vacation in the famous City by the Bay, and part of it cruising to exciting destinations like Hawaii, Alaska, and the South Pacific. This […]

The Royal Hawaiian Hotel Elegantly Preserves its Heritage on Waikiki Beach
Destinations / Hawaii / Hotels & Resorts / United States

The Royal Hawaiian Hotel Elegantly Preserves its Heritage on Waikiki Beach

Capitalists are often vilified in modern times, but the story of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel on Waikiki Beach, on the beautiful island of Oahu is one example of how creative capitalism can benefit the masses. In the early 20th century, a group of executives with substantial interests in Hawaii had […]

Hawaii: The Big Island
Destinations / Hawaii / United States

Hawaii: The Big Island

Breathtaking Natural Surroundings and Uniquely Exciting Adventures Our tropical paradise state of Hawaii, comprising eight main islands, rather confusingly has one island also named Hawaii. Not to worry. Everyone just calls it “the Big Island” and aptly so. All the other islands combined are not as large. As the youngest […]

Fishpond to ocean Photo: Maralyn D. Hill
Chronological / Destinations / Hawaii / United States

Oahu’s Kualoa Ranch Is A Treasure

Never did I expect to find an authentic multi-generation family-owned and operated natural area that would provide me with so many different experiences and opportunities. I’ve visited Oahu many times, but never Kualoa Ranch, where you see traditions flourish. In Hawaiian, Kualoa means “long back.” When you see the land, […]

The elegant Moana Surfrider a Westin Resort and Spa by Starwood Hotels
Destinations / Hawaii / Hotels & Resorts / United States

Reliving the Privileged Past on Waikiki Beach

This is the first in a series of articles about luxury accommodations in the Hawaiian Islands. Our series begins with a story about the very first elegant hotel to be built in Hawaii, the Moana (now the Moana Surfrider, a Westin Resort and Spa). It is located on Waikiki Beach […]

Executive Chef Tylun Pang of Ko restaurant at the Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea Maui. ( image- Fairmont Kea Lani)
Chefs of Distinction / Chronological / Destinations / Hawaii / United States

Chef Profile: Fairmont Kea Lani Maui’s Executive Chef Tylun Pang

I’m sitting at Ko restaurant across from one of the most affable chefs I have ever met, enjoying his Maui plantation-inspired cuisine, and trying not to laugh at his quips with my mouth full. His friend at work “the Bumble Bee” ( he gives the people he likes nicknames), is […]

Scenic view on Road to Hana
Destinations / Hawaii / Hotels & Resorts / United States

My Road to Another Place and Time–Hana, (Maui) Hawaii

One doesn’t necessarily need a time capsule to travel back to a more tranquil, less complicated place and time.  My recent trip to Hana, Hawaii, over the famous Hana Highway proved that!   Leaving early morning from my hotel in Wailea on the southwestern coast of Maui, I head towards […]

Chef Tsai watches Chef Morimoto dry the fish
Chefs of Distinction / Chronological / Food / Hawaii / United States

Celebrity Chefs Morimoto and Tsai Sizzle at Hawaiian Food Festival

Dueling long and sharp knives wielded by two Asian celebrity chefs cut through raw fish, as each chef proclaimed his country was the first in the world of culinary history. Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto and equally famous Chef Ming Tsai competed on stage in the 2nd Annual Hawaiian Food and […]

Visiting the Vanilla Farm on the Big Island of Hawaii
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Visiting the Vanilla Farm on the Big Island of Hawaii

Vanilla teas, fresh salad with vanilla bean balsamic dressing and vanilla pound cake were beautifully presented to the visitors enjoying lunch at the Hawaiian Vanilla Company.   Tucked into the hills of Paauilo, Hawaii, is The Hawaiian Vanilla Company, 37 miles from Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii. It’s […]