Hawaiian Islands

Aloha!  Imagine yourself in Hawaii. What will you discover? What adventures will you have? We offer these stories and articles about special places and real people, so you can experience the beauty and flavor of Hawaii, from an up-to-date, inside view. Whether you're looking for adventure, relaxation or romance, our goal is to help you find the beaches, restaurants and things to do that will make your Hawaii vacation all you want it to be. Come discover your island spirit.

Arts & Local Culture

Kumu Keala Ching dancing hula at Keauhou Beach Resort on Hawaii (Big) Island

From museums and galleries to historic sites and festivals of all kinds, Hawaii offers rich cultural excursions.
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Beaches

waikiki beach scene with diamond head in background

Whether you like to surf, swim, snorkel, or just soak up the sun, Hawaii has a beach for you.
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Food & Drink

Artful appetizers served up at Chai's Bistro in Honolulu, Hawaii

Saimin. Spam. Manapua. Mochi. Loco moco. Lomilomi salmon. Huli huli chicken. Ahi poke. This is what makes up Hawaii's ono kine grinds.
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Hiking & Land Activities

Zipline tour on Maui

Take a helicopter tour to an active volcano, go hiking, try ziplining, or swim in a waterfall pool.
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Music & Entertainment

Close up of koa ukulele

Music by moonlight at the museum. Slack key guitar by the sea. Kamehameha Day Parade. Hula festivals. Rodeos. Hawaii has it.
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Romance & Honeymoons

Vow renewal ceremony at Waikiki Beach

Plan a Hawaiian wedding on the beach at sunset. Or visit some of our favorite romantic spots, restaurants, and spas.
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Sightseeing & Shopping

The great King Kamehameha statue in front of Aliiolani Hale in Honolulu

A historic whaling port. National parks. Cultural sites. Oh, and natural scenic beauty. All abound.
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Snorkeling & Water Adventures

Underwater photograph of reef fish courtesty of NOAA

Snorkel with endemic fish or dive to explore underwater lava tubes. Or stay topside and try surfing, paddling or going for a sunset sail.
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Spa & Massage

Extreme close up of Honeymoon couple on Waikiki Beach holding hands

Enjoy traditional Hawaiian massage in a luxurious spa, a cabana by the sea, the privacy of your hotel room.
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Featured Articles

  • Dining Finds at Outrigger Hotels in Hawaii

    Destination: Hawaiian Islands   Article Type: Reviews   Article Source: Outrigger

    Outrigger Hotels and Resorts in Hawaii are not just tops for comfy accommodations in all the right locations on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii Island.  They're terrific places to dig into something delicious!  Check out these dining finds!

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  • Hawaii Summer Adventures

    Destination: Hawaiian Islands   Article Type: Lists & Tips   Article Source: Outrigger

    ATV rider at Kualoa Ranch on OahuSummer is here! North Shore beaches like Waimea on Oahu and Hanalei on Kauai are swimming-friendly. Expect dry footing on hiking trails from Hilo to Hana. There's snorkeling, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding for water lovers. Horseback riding, ziplining and ATVing for those who prefer a little ground under their feet. When it comes to adventure, Hawaii has it covered. What's your adventure pleasure? This collection of Hawaii adventures is sure to get you in the groove.

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  • Diversity in Islamic Art at Shangri La

    Destination: Oahu/Waikiki   Article Type: Feature Stories   Article Source: Outrigger

    shangri la artwork“Islamic art dates from the 8th century to present day and pretty much encompasses the countries from southern Spain all the way to India, so Islamic art is very diverse,” said Barbara Buchman, taking cover from the bright sun in the shade of an 80-year-old banyan tree. “If you take away anything from my tour, that’s it. That Islamic art is very diverse.”

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  • Stand-Up Paddle People

    Destination: Hawaiian Islands   Article Type: Feature Stories   Article Source: Islands of Outrigger

    stand up paddling with diamond head in backgroundOut in surf lineup, some wave riders are holding paddles. Toward the shore, more people are doing the same, propelling themselves parallel to the beach with swift, sure strokes or pausing to examine the sea life below. Beyond the reef, others are riding the open ocean, heading downwind, catching sea swells. It’s new, this phenomenon called stand-up paddling (SUP, for short)—and yet it’s not.

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  • What? There's Another Whale Besides the Humpback?

    Destination: Hawaiian Islands   Article Type: Feature Stories   Article Source: Outrigger

    false killer whale head lungeAt the marina, six biologists popped out of their van, hauling a dozen waterproof Pelican cases of all sizes and colors. They stashed their gear on a 27-foot Boston Whaler with military precision. Within a few minutes, we pushed off and motored out of the harbor. I took my spot on the fly bridge, the extended prow of the boat--think hood ornament of a car. My job as a volunteer on board would be to look for blows, breaches, lunges, dorsal fins, logging or any other whale behavior at the surface of the ocean.

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  • The Poetry of Hawaiian Music

    Destination: Hawaiian Islands   Article Type: Feature Stories   Article Source: Outrigger

    Close up of koa ukuleleKi hoalu, which translates to English as "loosen the key," is the Hawaiian name for the solo fingerpicked style unique to Hawaii. In this tradition, the strings (or "keys") are "slacked" to produce many different tunings.

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  • Get to Know Your Local Farmer: Ed Otsuji

    Destination: Oahu/Waikiki   Article Type: Feature Stories   Article Source: Outrigger

    otsuji beet saladOtsuji Farms may be known for its beets and lettuce greens and kale and spinach and daikon and turnips and cilantro and green onions and a variety of other fresh farm produce, but the most important item on the Oahu farm to Ed Otsuji is his hat.

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  • Learning to Surf

    Destination: Oahu/Waikiki   Article Type: Feature Stories   Article Source: Outrigger

    Learning to surf on Waikiki BeachGrowing up, Oregon native Neil Kopp swore to all of his surfer buddies that riding the waves was one thing he'd never do. But then he visited Hawaii and guess what happened?

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  • From Catching Fish to Providing Electricity

    Destination: Oahu/Waikiki   Article Type: Feature Stories   Article Source: Outrigger

    cutting nets at schnitzer steel as part of nets to energy programBut there is another kind of marine debris, one that hasn’t received quite the attention that plastic has but one that is just as harmful to our oceans, coastal ecosystems and the animals that live in them: Ghost nets. Also called derelict fishing nets. They are like giant balls of spaghetti swirling through out oceans and washing ashore, and endangered Hawaiian monk seals, sea turtles and humpback whales, among a variety of other marine animals big and small, can and do get trapped in them and die.

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  • Lomi Pohaku Massage Melts Stress

    Destination: Oahu/Waikiki   Article Type: Feature Stories   Article Source: Outrigger

    Flower floating in lily pond, close upI walk away from some massages feeling light and lively, like I’ve finally dropped a super-size suitcase, one that any airlines would slap me with an overweight baggage charge. Other times, massages leave me in a deep slumber, and when I do come to my senses, I slink off the table and speak gibberish for the remainder of the day. I left the Lomi Pohaku at Serenity Spa at Outrigger Reef on the Beach feeling like an ice cube that had just melted.

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  • The Music Men: The Ohana Pahinui

    Destination: Oahu/Waikiki   Article Type: Profiles & Interviews   Article Source: Islands of Outrigger

    Close up of koa ukuleleLike bulls in the musical china shop, the Pahinuis have, in turn, defined, thrilled and confounded the Hawaiian music scene with their raw talent, blue-collar approach, and legendary antics. Headed by patriarch Charles Phillip Kunia "Gabby" Pahinui, this family's knowledge and practice of music was fostered in classic "kanikapila" (freeform, backyard jam) environment. Gabby himself began his career as a self-taught guitarist sitting in with other bands in the rough environs of 1920s Kaka'ako. This was Hawaii music finding itself, fusing decades of backyard luau rifs and South Sea classics with the new Big Band sounds of Artie Shaw and Tommy Dorsey.

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  • Indigenous Soap Can Change Your Life

    Destination: Oahu/Waikiki   Article Type: Profiles & Interviews   Article Source: Outrigger

    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.

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  • Not Your Grandmother's Muumuu

    Destination: Oahu/Waikiki   Article Type: Feature Stories   Article Source: Outrigger

    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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  • The Meditative Quality of Hawaii's Traditional Textile Craft

    Destination: Hawaiian Islands   Article Type: Feature Stories   Article Source: Outrigger

    close up of kapa maker handsIt’s mid-afternoon, the sun is pounding, and Sabra Kauka and I take cover under the shade of a robust noni tree, native to Polynesia, also known as the Indian mulberry, a tree that produces a fruit renowned for its medicinal properties--and smell. Some liken the aroma to blue cheese.

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  • The Languages in My Heart

    Destination: Hawaiian Islands   Article Type: Feature Stories   Article Source: Outrigger

    author photo of constance Connie Hale likes to say she grew up bi-lingual--in English. She spoke "proper" English at home around the dinner table, but could let unfurl with a string of Pidgin around the schoolyard and beaches and cane fields and cattle ranches of Oahu's North Shore. In this article, Connie shares her love affair with the many sounds and languages you'll find spoken in Hawaii. 

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  • Our Precious Reefs

    Destination: Hawaiian Islands   Article Type: Feature Stories   Article Source: Outrigger

    Underwater photograph of reef fish courtesty of NOAA

    Pioneering undersea explorer, Dr. Sylvia Earle says that every breath of air we take comes from the sea. The ocean is important, because without it, we would not exist. “There’s plenty of water in the universe without life, but nowhere is there life without water.” And at 97% of the Earth’s water, the ocean is the life-support system for all creatures on our planet. That’s a pretty clear reason why we should care about and for our seas.

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  • Get to Know Hula. Get to Know Hawaii.

    Destination: Hawaiian Islands   Article Type: Feature Stories   Article Source: Outrigger

    hula dancer hands tell the storyHula is a uniquely Hawaiian dance performed with oli (chant) and mele (song) to convey the many stories and traditions of the Hawaiian people. These stories might be light-heared. They might be sensual. They may evoke a spiritual or worshipful essence. They may be told at breakneck speed or a hypnotic pace.

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  • Hawaiiloa Sails Again

    Destination: Hawaiian Islands   Article Type: Profiles & Interviews   Article Source: Outrigger

    Jerry Ongies likes to get things just right. “How tall is this?” he asks as he unclips the handy tape  measure attached to the waistband of his jeans. “About 18 inches?” He uncoils a length and stretches it across a box at his feet. It measures exactly 17 inches. “That’s too low,” he says. “Imagine you’ve got your stove in here, and you’re cooking. The whole thing is way too low.”

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  • Hula Is A Celebration of Life

    Destination: Hawaiian Islands   Article Type: Feature Stories   Article Source: Outrigger

    hula dancers perform on big island in honor of king david kalakauaHula is the highest form of respect. Kia says, “For us hula is life, because we can learn everything about life--everything about morals, everything about ethics, everything about our daily life, everything about how we should live--through hula.” In an oral tradition, hula served as the textbook for life. But it also took a more poetic, less didactic turn. Whether to serve as mnemonic memory devices or make the telling more interesting, the direct meanings that were intended to be conveyed in hula were cloaked in metaphors, illusions and personifications.

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  • Hiking the Hills--and Mountains and Giants--of Hawaii

    Destination: Hawaiian Islands   Article Type: Feature Stories   Article Source: Outrigger

    Hikers on Sleeping Giant trail, KauaiThat's the thing about hiking in Hawaii. There's hiking along coastlines. There's hiking in urban settings. And, of course, there are hiking trails on mountain ridges, along cliffsides, and through canyons and valleys. As well, there is hiking with giants and kings and demi-gods. There's even a hike through the highest-elevation swamp in the world. Talk about variety.

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  • An Interview with the Musician Daniel Ho

    Destination: Hawaiian Islands   Article Type: Profiles & Interviews   Article Source: Outrigger

    Daniel Ho Slack Key GuitaristDespite winning more Grammy awards than he could safely carry, Daniel Ho remains a kind and giving soul. Speaking with him as he readied for a trip to Japan, he was happy discussing everything from the intricacies of melodic structure to his favorite Hawaiian fish restaurants.

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  • Makana is on the Move

    Destination: Hawaiian Islands   Article Type: Profiles & Interviews   Article Source: Outrigger

    Makana plays slack key guitar at Waikiki Aquarium at sunsetPlaying gigs across Hawaii and on the Mainland.  Recording new material in Los Angeles.  Even meeting President Obama at the White House.  His incredible slack-key guitar skills are on display for those lucky to catch one of his live shows.

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  • Brew Hawaii: Local Ales and Lagers Win Awards

    Destination: Hawaiian Islands   Article Type: Feature Stories   Article Source: Islands of Outrigger

    mehana beer, hawaiiHawaii is different; so is its beer. Here, your brew may have hints of more than just the standard barley, malt and hops. Scents of pineapple, coconut, or even lilikoi are likely to enhance the flavor of your pint. “We love our local farmers,” says Garrett Marrero, CEO of Maui Brewing Company. If it’s in season, it will probably be in our beers.” Maui Brewing Company uses local strawberries, macadamia nuts, lavender, Maui onion, guava, mango, and even Kula pumpkin and poha berries as part of their brewing process. “They all bring a fruity, lively taste to the beer that others can’t match.”

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  • The Farmer Behind the Food

    Destination: Hawaiian Islands   Article Type: Video   Article Source: Outrigger

    The Hawaiian Islands began their own local, fresh and sustainable food movement nearly 30 years ago under the Hawaii Regional Cuisine movement. Today the "farm-to-table" concept thrives in Hawaii with many restaurant and at-home chefs building meals around what is grown or sourced on farms across Hawaii—from farmers they know on a first-name basis. But the locavore concept really isn't anything new to Hawaii. It existed here all along.

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  • Taste Hawaii's Finest Flavors

    Destination: Hawaiian Islands   Article Type: Reviews   Article Source: Outrigger

    Artful appetizers served up at Chai's Bistro in Honolulu, HawaiiMaine has its lobster.  Alaska has its crab.  In Hawaii, it’s all about the fish.  There are more than a dozen local fish you might find on a restaurant’s menu here.  It can get a bit confusing.

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  • Kauai Reefs: Teeming with Life

    Destination: Kauai   Article Type: Feature Stories   Article Source: Outrigger

    Trumpet fish and convict tangs by Wendy McIlroyThe boat rocked from port to starboard and back again, as regular as a metronome. A diminishing south swell that shut out all dive boat operations for the past week still churned the water—and my stomach. That may have explained my deadpan response to Captain George’s dive jokes, but that wasn’t all. It was early.

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  • Red: The Color of the Night

    Destination: Kauai   Article Type: Feature Stories   Article Source: Outrigger

    Closeup of dragon eel by Wendy McIlroyThe first time I was scheduled to dive the area known as “Tunnels” on Kauai, there was an extremely low tide producing strong currents as the incoming water rushed back out to sea through a narrow channel. Another night, there was Hurricane Daniel, which was eventually downgraded to a Tropical Depression when it bypassed the island.

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  • Kauai Evokes A Sense of Place

    Destination: Kauai   Article Type: Feature Stories   Article Source: Outrigger

    Napali Coast, Kauai, HawaiiThe sun rose at our backs and escorted us down Highway 50 on Kauai toward Port Allen, our embarkation point for a day’s adventure on the Pacific Ocean. Our journey would take us to Kalalau Valley along the iconic Napali Coast. Then, we’d traverse 17 miles of a sometimes rough ocean, crossing Kaulakahi Channel, to drop anchor on the north side of the privately-owned island of Niihau. When I asked my friend Laura, visiting from Loomis, California, whether she wanted to join me on a boating excursion to Napali and Niihau, she didn’t hesitate. “Yeah, baby,” she said.

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  • Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge: For the Birds

    Destination: Kauai   Article Type: Feature Stories   Article Source: Outrigger

    Long shot of Kilauea Lighthouse from Crater Hill on KauaiThe walk to the historic lighthouse at Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge takes me about three minutes from the parking lot. As I top a slight hill, a panoramic view of the blue Pacific Ocean and a coastline of serpentine cliffs opens before me, just as if someone drew back a pair of heavy theater curtains.

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  • A Few Ways of Looking at a Blackbird*

    Destination: Kauai   Article Type: Feature Stories   Article Source: Outrigger

    newell's shearwater by keith swindleNewell’s Shearwaters (NESH) are another story altogether. Known to Hawaiians as 'a'o, the seabird measures approximately one foot in length with a wingspan reaching nearly three times that. As seabirds go, kinda small. It has a sharply hooked black bill, good for snagging fish and squid several hundred miles off-shore, and claws that are equally sharp and hooked for burrowing out nest sites and climbing atop trees to launch into flight.

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  • The Art of Making Vanilla

    Destination: Hawaii (Big) Island   Article Type: Feature Stories   Article Source: Outrigger

    hawaiian vanilla pupuA three-mile drive on a curvy, country road along Hawaii Island’s Hamakua Coast will take the full weight of your foot to make the increase in elevation and deliver you to Paauilo, 2,000 feet above sea level. Here, you will relax your foot and step out into the crisp air and face the hefty wooden doors of bright, yellow building with a tin roof that was once a slaughterhouse, coffee mill and is now home to a vanilla farm.

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  • NASA Astronauts. Scientists. And Hawaiian Gods & Goddesses.

    Destination: Hawaii (Big) Island   Article Type: Feature Stories   Article Source: Outrigger

    mauna kea observatories on big islandMauna Kea rises to 13,796 feet above the sea, centrally located in the middle of Hawaii’s largest island—Hawaii, also known as Big Island. It is the tallest mountain in the Hawaiian archipelago and, measured from its base at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, is the tallest mountain in the world, besting Mt. Everest by a whopping 4,441 feet.

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  • Ten Fascinating Facts about Seahorses that I Learned from Ocean Rider

    Destination: Hawaii (Big) Island   Article Type: Feature Stories   Article Source: Outrigger

    seahorse at ocean rider on big islandOn three oceanfront acres just south of Kailua-Kona airport on Hawaii (Big) Island, an unusual fish farm quietly operates. For 13 years, Ocean Rider has bred and raised seahorses. That’s right, seahorses. They really do exist.

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  • The Cupping Kind: The Remarkable Story of Kona Coffee

    Destination: Hawaii (Big) Island    

    Ripe Kona coffee cherries in a basket“When we were tall enough to walk, mother would give us a sausage can,” recalls 85-year-old Norman Sakata. “We would come home from school and fill the can with beans before dinner. After dinner, we’d go out with a kerosene lamp and pick more coffee. Every bean was money.”

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  • Hamakua Harvest

    Destination: Hawaii (Big) Island   Article Type: Feature Stories   Article Source: Islands of Outrigger

    Hamakua Heritage Farms’ Janice Stanga has just shared with me a little-known fact: it’s pointless to eat mushrooms raw. Unlike vegetables, foodies’ favorite fungi release nutrition only when they are cooked. This is stupendous news for anyone who has tasted a medley of exotics flash-sauteed with garlic and extra-virgin olive oil, then simmered in their own juices and a splash of white wine. Stupendous news.

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  • Slurp. Swoosh. Spit. Its the Kona Coffee Cupping Event.

    Destination: Hawaii (Big) Island   Article Type: Feature Stories   Article Source: Outrigger

    Kona coffee cupping competition judge takes a good sniffFor the past 25 years as an importer of green specialty coffees from around the world, John King has started his day—and sometimes spent entire days on end—cupping coffee. If you’re going to cup coffee, it doesn’t get much better than the annual Kona Coffee Cupping Competition, held every November.

     

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  • Poi to the World

    Destination: Kauai   Article Type: Feature Stories   Article Source: Islands of Outrigger

    Taro patch in Keanae, MauiPlaces where the cuisine differs from home invite a sense of culinary adventure, a step outside your comfort zone. In Hawaii, there are several foods that all visitors should try. One is poi, the pale purple paste that is the result of the pounding the root of the kalo, or taro plant. A root vegetable, taro is often seen in large paddies, with sturdy stems standing two to three feet and supporting large, heart-shaped leaves.

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  • Up on Maui's Strawberry Mountain

    Destination: Maui   Article Type: Feature Stories   Article Source: Islands of Outrigger

    Strawberries are like kids and should be allowed time and space to grow, according to Joel Gil of Coca Farms in Kula on Maui. He manages the growth of his camarosas, a variety of strawberry favored locally and on the mainland, by watering them infrequently. "If you water them too much, they grow too quickly," he explains, which is why some strawberries have hollow cores, a watery texture, and less flavor.

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  • The Honey Makers

    Destination: Maui   Article Type: Feature Stories   Article Source: Islands of Outrigger

    Ono Organic Farms tropical preserves and honey jarsLocal chefs, bakers and other purveyors of edibles are unanimous: Hawaiian honey is unbeatable. The two most abundant types on Maui are Macadamia Nut Blossom—“a briary bouquet and, not surprisingly, more nutty taste,” says David Maggenheim of Makawao’s Market Fresh Bistro, and Christmas Berry, which is “lighter in color and flavor, with more floral flavor profile and nose.”

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  • Shaken, Stirred and Moved by Manta Rays

    Destination: Hawaii (Big) Island   Article Type: Feature Stories   Article Source: Outrigger

    Underwater photograph of manta ray by Bo PardauI have long wanted to dive with the manta rays off the coast of Big Island. In Hawaii, dive operators claim the experience is the number one night dive in the world, and I have heard many stories about it.

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  • Zipping Across Maui's Treetops

    Destination: Maui     Article Source: Outrigger

    woman ziplining at Kapalua, Maui, HawaiiI’d signed up for the Upper Mountain Loop Adventure at Kapalua Adventures in West Maui.  It included crossing the highest and longest suspension and five parallel ziplines. The longest zipline was 2,300 feet in length; the shortest 800. All ziplines “sky-surfed” across valleys a couple hundred feet above the ground.

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  • The Be-All, End-All Guide to Where to Do What on Waikiki Beach

    Destination: Oahu/Waikiki   Article Type: Reviews   Article Source: Outrigger

    waikiki beach and diamond head at sunset

    Waikiki Beach contains a world of beach adventures to keep you exploring for days and weeks on end. So here's what you need:  the be-all, end-all, grandaddy list of all lists for the best spot along Waikiki Beach to do just about whatever it is you could imagine doing.

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  • Beyond the Rim: Hiking Volcanoes National Park with a Guide

    Destination: Hawaii (Big) Island   Article Type: Feature Stories   Article Source: Outrigger

    Warren Costa, Volcanoes National Park guideKilauea is like that. It engenders deeper exploration. So you may hike Kilauea Iki Trail, you may walk through Thurston Lava Tube, and you may even make the 36-mile round-trip drive down Chain of Craters Road at sunset to—hopefully—witness distant streams of surface lava flowing to the sea. But then what?

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  • Volunteering + Vacation = A Dream Come True

    Destination: Kauai   Article Type: Profiles & Interviews   Article Source: Outrigger

    Visitor Julie Honnert monitors endangered Hawaiian monk seals on KauaiWhen Julie Honnert comes to Kauai on vacation, she doesn't sit on the beach and read a book.  “One of my messages is volunteerism. I always tell people I am on vacation. Most people have never thought of it—volunteering on vacation. Many turn to their spouse and say, ‘Oh, honey, we should do this.’"

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  • Humpback Whales: The Not So Gentle Giants of the Sea

    Destination: Maui    

    Hawaiian humpback whale breaching off MauiAt 7:30 one March morning, the sun glinted off the ocean like a field of diamonds. Three minutes outside the Lahaina Harbor off Maui, Captain Karl of Maui Adventure Cruises nosed the boat northwest.  He had already spotted our first humpback whales of the morning.  Thar she blows.

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  • Ono Farms Delivers on Organic

    Destination: Maui     Article Source: Outrigger

    Ono Organic Farms tropical preserves and honey jarsThirty-five years ago, Chuck and Lili Boerner left Honolulu for remote Kipahulu on East Maui to start a family-run, organic farm at a time when most farmers were selling their land and moving to town. “It’s actually staggering for us to even comprehend. I hardly remember doing it. You just do it because you love it,” said Lili.

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  • Voluntourism: A New Way to Travel

    Destination: Maui    

    white hibiscus, native hawaii plant, close upMy husband and I are on Maui celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary. We’ve planned the usual romantic activities for such an event, but we’ve also decided to try something different on this vacation.  Seems like we're not the only ones who have discovered it.  They call it "voluntourism," and it's a wonderful way to experience Hawaii.

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  • Come. Join Donna Kahakui.

    Destination: Oahu/Waikiki   Article Type: Profiles & Interviews   Article Source: Outrigger

    donna kahakui on outrigger canoe, kai makanaWhen you ask Donna Kahakui where she comes from, she answers, the ocean. “I come from a family of fishermen. To me, the ocean is my best friend,” she says. “I am more coordinated in the ocean than I am on land.”

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  • Chuck Blay: On Rocks

    Destination: Kauai   Article Type: Profiles & Interviews   Article Source: Outrigger

    Geologist Chuck Blay talks rocks on Kauai's Poipu BeachChuck Blay knows rocks. With a Ph.D. in geology from Indiana University, he can talk “rock” with any geoscientist around. On a cliff on Kauai’s north shore, Blay talked about “plate tectonics” and how the entire archipelago of Hawaiian Islands formed.

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  • Discover Genuine Experiences

    Destination: Maui   Article Type: Feature Stories   Article Source: Outrigger

    Chance and circumstance can either open or close doors.  But I’ve found that for those who are willing to slow down, keep their minds open and listen for opportunity, then good fortune provides the occasional amazing discovery...the open door.

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  • No Task Is Too Big When Done Together

    Destination: Kauai   Article Type: Feature Stories   Article Source: Outrigger

    Taro patch in Keanae, MauiIt was a cloudy Saturday morning. My weekend to-do list was as long as some of the lengthy street names around Hawaii, but weeks before, I had agreed to help weed a taro patch this morning. I looked outside at the cloud-shrouded mountain in my front yard and considered my options. Do I really want to pull weeds in the rain?

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  • Get Lost in Kauai

    Destination: Kauai   Article Type: Feature Stories   Article Source: Outrigger

    gary smith, kilauea, kauai, historianHow do you experience the real, unseen Hawaii? Start by heeding the words of Gary Smith, Kauai plantation expert and preservationist. Hint: it involves ignoring guidebooks.

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  • Beyond the Road to Hana

    Destination: Maui     Article Source: Outrigger

    Taro patch in Keanae, MauiAfter the fifty-two serpentine miles of cliff-side road that cross 54 one-lane bridges and maneuver 600 hairpin curves. After dozens of scenic vistas, bamboo jungles, fruit stands, waterfalls and sacred heiau, sites. Only then do you enter Hana.

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