Category Archives: Culture & History

Hawaii Vacation Deals & News Roundup For June 26, 2009

Let’s take a peek at another Aloha Friday edition of Hawaii vacation news. * Guess which U.S. city is the most romantic according to TripAdvisor members? I’ll give you a clue. It starts with “Hono” and ends in “lulu.”  Wow! You’re right, it is Honolulu. How’d you guess so quickly? 🙂  I agree that Honolulu is very romantic, in fact, ... Read More »

Video: Defining Hawaii Regional Cuisine

I realized that I’ve made mention of Hawaii Regional Cuisine recently, but I hadn’t really explained what distinguishes this style of cuisine. So, I found this quick video narrated by Hawaii’s award winning chef, Alan Wong. Chef Wong provides an excellent introduction to Hawaii Regional Cuisine with a behind the scenes look in his kitchen as he makes a Hawaii ... Read More »

Ways To Describe Tasty Food In Hawaii

Dining in Hawaii can be an exotic vacation for your taste buds. Some of the best meals that Andy and I have ever had, have been in Hawaii. With food that’s so good, Hawaii is bound to have some unique ways to describe delicious cuisine. Those descriptions may seem like a foreign language and to some extent they are. You ... Read More »

What to do in Honolulu/Oahu for Memorial Day

For 2015 events, go to Honolulu/Oahu Memorial Day Events & Activities 2015. — The following list is for 2009 for reference purposes only.  For 2015 events, go to Honolulu/Oahu Memorial Day Events & Activities 2015. With Oahu’s rich military history, your bound to find some very meaningful activities to do for the Memorial Day Weekend holiday. If you are staying ... Read More »

Hawaii Vacation Deals & News Roundup For May 13, 2009

Congratulations to Go Visit Hawaii reader, Sherri from New Jersey, whose Keahou (Big Island) sunset photo (below) was featured on her local news station (NBC 10). * Aqua Contiental in Waikiki Beach is now accepting reservations for pet dogs less than 20lbs. To bring Fido, you’ll have to pay a $25 per night fee plus a $100 (refundable) deposit. For ... Read More »

Try Zippy’s Restaurant for a Taste of Hawaii

From my experience, anytime I’ve mentioned the restaurant Zippy’s to any Hawaii resident, their eyes light up. At Zippy’s, you’ll find the authentic local fare as opposed to the normal tourist menu items at the resort restaurants. So, what will you find on their menus? You definitely find a huge variety — from their famous chili to ox tail soup ... Read More »

Do you know your mauka from makai?

I was just reading today’s Maui News article about a parcel of land on Maui that was donated to the Haleakala National Park. As I was reading it, this sentence prompted me to wonder if you are familiar with the terms mauka and makai: The parcel… is on the mauka side of Hana Highway and the Hana side of Oheo ... Read More »

Signs of Hawaii: Time for Shave Ice

It’s 2:45pm and time for Hawaii’s delightful shave ice! Well, anytime is a good time for shave ice, right? If you’ve never had a shave ice in Hawaii, you’re in for a treat. It’s ice that’s very finely shaven to make a soft fluffy ball of ice that’s then topped with flavorings. If you’re thinking, “Oh, that’s just like a ... Read More »

Driving with Aloha in Hawaii

The Aloha spirit is everywhere in Hawaii, even on the busy roads. When you drive your rental car on your Hawaii vacation, you should be prepared to drive with Aloha. There’s a phrase that goes, “To receive Aloha, you must give Aloha.” So, I want to share my driving tips to help you blend in with the locals and give ... Read More »

Nuuanu Pali Lookout on Oahu

You’ll find many gorgeous views on Oahu, but few can rival the beauty and mystery at the Nu’uanu Pali State Wayside Park. You’ll find this park off Highway, 61, also known as the Pali Highway. (By the way, the word pali means cliff in the Hawaiian language. It is pronounced like pah-le.) A little history about Nuuanu Pali When King ... Read More »

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