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  • Wines and Flowers from Hawaii and the World

    Destination: Maui

    On Friday evening, I arrived at the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival with no plan—other than to enjoy some wine.  When I entered the Aloha Garden Pavilion at The Ritz-Carlton for “The Grand Tasting,” I quickly realized I would need a plan.  I settled on pinot noir as the sun set behind Molokai across the open ocean channel.

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  • The Secret of Gazebo Restaurant Revealed

    Destination: Maui

    I stood in the hot sun for 35 minutes yesterday morning waiting for a table at The Gazebo Restaurant on Maui.  I ordered the White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pancakes.  When I asked Sherrie, my server, what was the secret to the famous pancakes, I fully expected her to shake her head and say, "Sorry.  Can't say."  Or, "There is only one person here who knows and that's the chef.  He's not talking."  But she didn't. 

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  • Headed to Maui's Kapalua Wine and Food Festival

    Destination: Maui

    Tomorrow, I head to Maui for the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival. I've been treating myself to a glass of wine the past two evenings to get in shape for the event. Here is what I am looking forward to on my island-hopping, weekend vacation to Maui....

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  • How to Open a Coconut

    Destination: Kauai

    Coconuts are harder to open than a care package encased in tape and mailed from my mother in Missouri, and so, under sweltering skies, I hit the Kapaa Farmers Market this past Wednesday afternoon. My mission: Determine once and for all the best way to open a coconut.

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  • Our Oceans Connect the World

    Destination: Kauai, Oahu

    woman standing on beach looking at waves

    According to a press release from The Ocean Project, the goal of World Oceans Day is “to raise awareness about the crucial role the ocean plays in our lives, and the important ways people can help to protect our shared world ocean.”  In the United States, Hawaii became the first state to recognize and celebrate World Oceans Day. On Tuesday, volunteers around the state participated in beach clean ups and reef surveys. Seminars and movie screenings educated the public on the prevalence of plastic in our Pacific Ocean.

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  • What's Your Favorite Hawaii Adventure?

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    ATV rider at Kualoa Ranch on OahuA few weeks ago, we conducted an informal poll on Facebook. We asked, “What’s your favorite Hawaii adventure?” 168 of our fans responded. Many of you could not make up your mind and reeled off a laundry list of your favorite adventures. We ran all those responses through our not-so-very-scientific analysis—called hand tabulating—to give you this report.

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  • Get Your Fill of Spam in Waikiki

    Destination: Oahu

    Spam jam waikiki cansTomorrow, some 20,000 people are expected to crowd Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki on Oahu between 4:00 and 10:00 p.m. for—of all things—SpamJam. (Officially, Waikiki SpamJam.) Yes, we’re talking about the canned, spiced ham here.

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  • Pancakes Hawaii-Style

    Destination: Kauai, Hawaii Island, Maui, Oahu

    I missed National Pancake Day yesterday and, for some reason, I feel like I missed out on something. Pancakes—particularly pancakes topped with bananas and macadamia nuts—are steeped in the food culture of Hawaii. Especially topped with coconut syrup.

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  • It's Malasada Tuesday in Hawaii

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    During Hawaii’s plantation days, in one last hoorah—so the story goes—the Portuguese community cleaned out all the butter and sugar from their cupboards and made big batches of a yeast-based dough, from which golf-ball-sized chunks were then deep-fried in oil and dipped in sugar. They shared these doughnut-like confections with everyone—neighbors, friends and family.

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  • Kona coffee and fish tacos? Really?

    Destination: Hawaii Island

    When I go to Duke’s Canoe Club, I don’t think twice. I order the fish tacos (2 for $12.95). Two soft flour tortillas stuffed with grilled ahi and topped with sliced cabbage. On the side, scoops of fresh-made salsa (finely diced and laced with cilantro), guacamole (blended and a little to mayonnaise for my perfection) and sour cream (good ‘ol regular sour cream). I added dollops of all three to my fish tacos. The result: messy and yummy. Even though I enjoy the same dish time after time, last night’s order was particularly good. And I know why.

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