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  • Our Pledge to Malama Honua with Polynesian Voyaging Society

    Destination: Oahu

    doctor chuck kelley speaking at polynesian voyaging society receptionLast week, Outrigger Hotels and Resorts announced its partnership with the Polynesian Voyaging Society, pledging to provide more than $500,000 worth of support to further the mission of the PVS Worldwide Voyage through various fundraising efforts, cross marketing and global hosting at Outrigger hotels and resorts throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

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  • The Magic of XTERRA Trail Running at Kualoa Ranch

    Destination: Oahu

    xterra trail run at kualoa starting lineOver the past forty minutes on the bus ride from Waikiki to Kualoa Ranch, Alex had shared her story with me. She’d arrived with her mother from Melbourne, Australia, not more than 24 hours before. They’d started exploring Waikiki almost immediately, discovering the pop-up tents and group yoga and running demonstrations on the grassy area at Waikiki Beach Walk that was all part of an expo for the world championship of the sport of trail running. Alex had packed her running shoes, being an avid runner back home, and deciding why not, signed up for the 10K trail run.

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  • Guest Blogger Sheila Beal's Five Reasons to Stay in Poipu

    Destination: Kauai

    sheila beal go visit hawaii bloggerToday's guest blogger Sheila Beal started her Hawaii travel blog--Go Visit Hawaii--back in 2006, the early days of travel blogging. That foresight has provided Sheila with an extensive following and many awards. Recently, Sheila partnered with Outrigger Hotels and Resorts to give away a five-night stay at Outrigger Kiahuna Plantation Resort in "Sunny Poipu" on Kauai. The resort is laid out over 35 acres and is built on the grounds of Hawaii's first sugar plantation with the historic home of the plantation's manager now serving as the resort's front office and a well-known restaurant--Plantation Gardens--

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  • Talk Story with Author Sam Low

    sam low author photoEarlier this summer, I picked up a newly-published book and couldn’t finish it. Not because it wasn’t a good story but precisely because it was a good story--and I kept giving away my copy. After purchasing three copies, I finally managed to keep one long enough to finish reading the entire book. That book was Hawaiki Rising by Sam Low, and as I do with most Hawaii authors whose books I read—and like—I reached to Sam to talk about his book and, hopefully, learn a few trade secrets in the process.

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  • Arancino: Spaghetti Six Ways. And Then Some.

    Destination: Oahu

    garden salad at arancino italian restaurant in waikikiThe caption below the photo on the wall said, “Arancino: A Spaghetti Place.” But Arancino on Beach walk is much more than your run-of-the-mill spaghetti place. I figured that out the first evening I walked out of Outrigger Regency on Beach Walk in search of dining options and saw the crowd of people hovering outside the sliver of a restaurant located on a quiet street in Waikiki.

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  • Kawika Kahiapo: Playing Guitar, Singing Songs & Inspiring Hula at Kani Ka Pila Grille

    Destination: Oahu

    kawika kahiapo playing guitar at kani ka pila grilleRight at 6:00 as the sun made its descent in Waikiki, throwing a golden glow on the volcanic crater known as Diamond Head--or Leahi in Hawaiian--three women strolled through the lobby of Outrigger Reef on the Beach. They beelined--as best as the women, one using a cane, could beeline--for Kani Ka Pila Grille, and parked themselves at a particular table--a four-top with a direct view of the stage where Kawika Kahiapo was tuning his slack key guitar.

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  • A Day in Sunny Poipu

    Destination: Kauai

    old koloa sugar mill and old trucksWhile tramping around "Sunny Poipu" on Kauai's South Shore with my Big Girl Camera, my iPhone, and fellow photographer Anne, the periodic rain showers that darkened the skies—seemingly out of nowhere and, then, disappeared with equal ease—conspired to keep us moving from one end of Kauai’s South Shore to the other, as we resorted to photographic techniques to make the best of each situation. Because that’s the other thing I like about photographers: They are adept at making lemonade out of lemons. Here’s the day’s itinerary in "getting the shot" this past Sunday. Camera or no, this would make for a nice way to spend a day on Kauai’s South Shore.

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  • Enter our Aloha Intervention Sweepstakes

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    aloha interventionIt happens to all of us. We sit in front of our computers too much and develop “Desktop Distress.” The kids get cabin fever—something we call “Restless Rugrats.” The monotony of daily life takes something out of our relationships and results in “Romantic Deficiency.” And, for those of us (well, you;-) in the northern latitudes on the mainland, there’s “Warmth Withdrawal.”

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  • Trending: Food trucks in Kapaa

    Destination: Kauai

    be food truck kauaiIt seems that food trucks are popping up all over Kauai as quickly as mushrooms in the forest after a good rain.

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  • October in Photos

    Destination: Maui

    keanae sign on road to hanaIn October, I became a full-fledged breadfruit fanatic. I mean, who wouldn’t, after tasting John Cadman’s dairy-free, egg-free, sugar-free, gluten-free, a.k.a. guilt-free, lilikoi `ulu pie. I also discovered an appreciation for beer. Or, at least, the Maui Brewing Co., because of their commitment to the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project. And I sampled some of Maui’s famous banana bread at Julia’s in Kahakuloa. But, alas, I arrived too late to determine whether I liked Julia’s better than Aunty Sandy’s in Keanae along the Road to Hana. Of course, that just means I’ll have to go back;-)

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