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Do you recommend going to a luau on your Hawaii vacation?

Readers often ask for my thoughts about luaus. Are they worth the time, money and effort? Are they touristy? Are luaus authentic? Those are all great questions, but there’s probably not a one-size-fits-all answer. What’s worth it to me might not be worth it to you. In my opinion, I think going to a luau is definitely worth planning into ... Read More »

Ukulele Buying Guide: Where to Buy a Ukulele on Oahu

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When you travel to Hawaii–Oahu in particular–you run the risk of being bitten by a rather contagious bug. No, not a bed bug. The bug I refer to is more of a “jumping flea.” You may know it better as a ukulele. Whether grabbing cocktails in Waikiki or catching a luau in Honolulu, your trip to Hawaii is practically guaranteed ... Read More »

Top Oahu Festivals to Plan into Your Hawaii Vacation

If you’re hankering to go to Oahu, but not sure when to go, perhaps you’d like to go during one of the many excellent festivals. To help you, I’ve created this handy dandy list of Oahu festivals – which mixes in input from the nice folks at the Oahu Visitor’s Bureau, plus my opinion. Honolulu Festival March 2-4 in 2012 ... Read More »

Have you tried Spam Musubi?

You know Hawaii loves Spam.  How much so? Well, Hawaii residents and visitors consume nearly 7 million cans of Spam each year. That’s a lot of Spam! With Hawaii’s love of Spam combined with an influence of Japanese cooking, the popular Hawaii snack, Spam Musubi, evolved. What is Spam Musubi? The ingredients are rice, rice seasoning including sesame seeds, nori ... Read More »

Elvis in Hawaii

Elvis Presley and Hawaii went together like chocolate and macadamia nuts. The two definitely had a beautiful love affair with each other.  I can’t say that I blame them. Can you? One of Elvis’ most famous concerts, Aloha from Hawaii, took place in Honolulu in 1973. Per Wikipedia, the concert was broadcast live via satellite and was the most watched ... Read More »

Lei Day in Hawaii

The first of May is a celebration of lei in Hawaiian culture. Last year, we were fortunate to join in the annual celebration at Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club on Kauai. We enjoyed seeing a lei making competition, a royal court procession, hula and cultural presentations. If you visit Hawaii during Lei Day, check local papers for island events. With Lei ... Read More »

Hawaii Vacation Words to Know: Mauka & Makai

I was reading HONOLULU Magazine over the weekend and noticed an ad for a shop in Hawaii’s largest mall, Ala Moana Center. The ad provides directions to the shop saying that it was on the “mauka side” of the shopping center. What that ad means is that the shop is located on the mountain side of the mall. Seeing the ... Read More »

Honoring Hawaii’s Prince Kuhio

Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaianaole was born in Kauai in 1871 and his birthday, March 26, is celebrated as a Hawaii state holiday.  If you visit Hawaii around his holiday, you may have an opportunity to join in celebrations of this beloved Hawaiian prince. Prince Kuhio was the last reigning prince in Hawaii who became a politician representing Hawaii in Washington, ... Read More »

March Madness Monday Music Giveaway – March 21

Oh, goody! It’s time for another Monday Hawaiian music giveaway! This week’s music giveaway CD is The 50 Greatest Hawaii Music Albums Ever. The record company, Mountain Apple, describes this CD as follows: In June 2004 HONOLULU Magazine put together a panel of experts and named The 50 Greatest Hawai’i Music Albums Ever. From those great albums we’ve selected the ... Read More »

March Madness Monday Music Giveaway – March 7

As Andy mentioned on the Jake Shimabokuru post, each week this March, we’ll be giving away an island music CD. We’ll host this contest each Monday during March. We’re kicking of this March Madness Monday Music Giveaway today! Today’s giveaway is IZ Kamakawiwo’ole’s Facing Future CD. For a chance to win this CD, you’ll need to comment either: - here ... Read More »

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