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  • Air Raid Pearl Harbor. This Is Not a Drill.*

    The Memorial is the number one visitor attraction on Oahu and I’ve never been there, despite the fact that I’ve spent a fair amount of time on the Hawaiian Islands this past year. How, or perhaps more accurately, why, have I not visited this historical place?

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  • Not Your Grandmother's Muumuu

    muumuu heaven label on bagWhen you think of a muumuu, you probably think of a heavy cotton dress with puffy sleeves and a shapeless tunic that falls to the floor, maybe with a ruffle around the bottom. You probably think of Hawaii and big, colorful floral prints. And you definitely think of your grandmother. Am I right? Well, Deb Mascia is here to show how wrong we both are. Because I’m pretty sure Cameron Diaz, Cate Blanchett, Michelle Obama and Susan Sarandon wouldn’t be caught dead wearing their grandmother’s muumuu.

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  • Indigenous Soap Can Change Your Life

    Close up of Love Chance, owner of Indigenous Soap, and her young daughterLove Chance was a sophomore at the University of Hawaii when she got into soap. Really got into it. She says she was going through her hippie phase at the time, studying lomilomi massage and Hawaiian medicinal plants. She wasn’t looking to start up a business. Soap would be fun to make soap, she thought, and mixed up her first batch with a friend on top of a washing machine in her home. They named their soap Aina. That was almost 10 years ago. Read More
  • Waikiki Beach Walk

    Waikiki Beach Walk's outdoor entertainment plaza, nearly fifty new retailers, sixteen dining establishments, and five hotels welcome visitors and island residents alike; redefining the Waikiki experience.

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  • Pearl Harbor & USS Arizona Memorial

    Facts about the attack on Pearl Harbor and traveler tips for the USS Arizona Memorial.

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  • Pearl Harbor Survivor Al Rodrigues Keeps History Lively

    pearl harbor survivor al rodriguesAl Rodrigues sat behind a table in the courtyard at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center outside the Pacific Historic Parks bookstore, signing a stack of thin books titled, Diary of a Pearl Harbor Survivor. It was a perfectly sunny day and Al wore a pair of gold-tinted sunglasses. His first words to me were, “Where are you from?” When I said, Kauai, he asked, “Where?” When I told him Anahola, he said, “I used to swim there.” Turns out, Al was born on Kauai.

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  • Na Alii Walking Tour of Waikiki

    na alii walking tour with kahoakaOne sunny, Saturday morning, I found myself standing at the foot of King David Kalakaua’s statue in Waikiki with my Big Girl Camera was hanging from my neck, an iPhone was in my hand, and, perhaps, even, my waterproof point-and-shoot stashed in my backpack. On my face, I wore a blank stare. I did not see the kids with florescent pink and green inflatables wrapped around their mid-sections and waddling for the beach. I did not see the surfers with their boards balanced on their heads, their wet footprints drying on the hot pavement. Read More
  • Some Perfect Gift Ideas

    wooden bowl at martin and macarthurYesterday, I did a little shopping in search of a few perfect gifts for the holidays. Because even though I have taken up the tradition of giving gifts that do good, I still like to give—and, ahem, receive—the perfect gift. Here are a few items that caught my eye. What I like about these is that they are locally made and unique. Gifts that you probably won’t find at Hawaii’s ubiquitous ABC stores;-)

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  • The Trail to Kaniakapupu Palace

    kaniakapupu-palaceLike Kaniakapupu, the summer palace of King Kamehameha III and his wife Queen Kalama, in Nuuanu. It was built in 1845. According to the plaque in front of the crumbling rock wall ruins, the palace—a term to be taken loosely—was a place for parties. The biggest of which took place in 1847 to celebrate Hawaiian Restoration Day. Read More
  • Odyssey of a Hawaiian Monk Seal and a Volunteer in Waikiki

    hawaiian monk seal and surfer statue in waikikiThe sky above Diamond Head had just started to pink when I hit Kalakaua Avenue for my morning walk. I wasn't alone. Surfers bobbed on the waters off Waikiki Beach, which, I quickly noticed, rippled with a late-season south swell. Dogs had hit the streets, too. One particular chocolate Lab strained at its leash, its head cranked toward the ocean, yearning and excitement oozing from its whole body. On the beach, a group of Japanese soccer players ran drills. Another man was inventing a new form of stretching exercise. Read More
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