Blogs from Hawaii, United States, North America - page 5


North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui » Upcountry February 6th 2019

While we no longer dine on the expensive side here, Hawaii does boast some of the best chefs in the world. And we have been to a few, over the years. If you have not tried at least one of these chef's delights, I would go at least once. What exactly is Hawaiian Regional cuisine? It blends Hawaii's unique flavors with the cuisine of the world. These twelve founding chefs decided to feature the freshest island ingredients, such as cattle raised on the Big Island, fruit and vegetables from their rich,volcanic soil, and the fresh fish from the Pacific. You will have to read the rest of my blogs form this trip to learn the secrets to island dining. My personal favorite is Roy Yamaguchi, who heads up the world wide chain of Roy's. His outpost ... read more
The great Bev Gannon
Roy can be found world wide!!!

North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu » Honolulu February 6th 2019

I must tell you that I am very picky when it comes to Hawaiian music. I was never a fan of Don Ho and his Tiny Bubbles. I also remember being entertained by Hilo Hattie on the Harry Owens and the Royal Hawaiians on TV back in the 50s. Through adulthood, I have just lost interest in Hawaiian music, save for the occasional hula at a wedding or party. In the 90s, I learned of the great IZ*, Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, who died an early death but made a huge impact with his falsetto Hawaiian singing. I do like the ukulele virtuoso, Jake Shimabukuro, though it is hardly traditional. But what do I really know about its roots and meaning? From the experts: Music and rhythm have played central roles within the Native Hawaiian culture. From the ... read more
Iz is the legend!
Jake, ukulele virtuoso
Harry Owens

North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i » Lihu'e February 6th 2019

Waikiki’s SPAM Jam festival returns to Honolulu, Hawaii every April. The annual street festival offers three stages hosting free musical concerts along with crafts, souvenirs, and food booths serving up (you guessed it) a wide and surprising variety of dishes incorporating the canned ham product first introduced in 1937. Spam remains especially popular with locals, and if you're in town for the festival, be sure to order at least one loco moco breakfast with rice, ... read more
Takes one to know one?
All kinds of flavor!

North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu » Honolulu February 6th 2019

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North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu » Honolulu February 5th 2019

Our trip to the Hawaiian islands is roughly a copy of my trip to SE Asia last October. We plan to visit friends on three islands. We start is Honolulu with Ben, Leicey, and their young family. Then, off to Kauai to see Rey and Corinne. Finally, to our Marriott timeshare on Maui (Denise), with my brother, Bob, and his wife, Laura. It will be a busy two weeks. Much of our sightseeing days are over. These trips are for relaxing, visiting, and eating good island fare. Some of our favorite places: Honolulu: Aloha Stadium Flea Market, Libby's Manapua, Dee-lite Bakery, Shirokiya, and Leonard's Malasadas. We also found an old time favorite, the KC Drive In waffle dog. Kauai: Kauai Cookie Company, Kauai Coffee, Kintaro, Hamura Saimin, and Kountry Kitchen. And a few new places on ... read more
Bubbly time in the islands
Are you an Island foodie??
Pearl Harbor is a sobering experience.

North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu » Honolulu January 12th 2019

I was rather fortunate on my last trip to SE Asia in October. My long flights to get to SE Asian and back were fine, even early. But I ended up taking six short "puddle jumpers" while there, mostly without delay. I considered myself lucky. This is not always the case here in the U.S. A recent survey reveals the best of airlines for delays. MONEY weighed these factors as well as cancellations and diversions to come up with how the ten largest domestic airlines rank when it comes to sticking to a schedule: Hawaiian Airlines... read more
I need to get home!
Tired, hungry, and waiting!

North America » United States » Hawaii » Big Island » Kailua-Kona January 11th 2019

Lekeleke burial grounds At the end of our road there is a huge lava field that is a sacred Hawaiian historical sight. It marks the location of a huge battle in 1819. In the 1819 Battle of Kuamo‘o, Hawaiian forces clashed over the traditional kapu religious system. The dispute pitted the forces of Kekuaokalani, nephew of Kamehameha I, who sought to preserve the traditional system, against his cousin, Liholiho (Kamehameha II), who had abandoned the kapu system. Liholiho was victorious, but many warriors from both sides perished in battle and were buried on the property, including Kekuaokalani and his wife, Chiefess Manono. With her dying breath, Chiefess Manono is said to have uttered “Mālama kō aloha”‐ “keep your love”‐ a plea to both sides that no matter what obstacles come to Hawai‘i, keep your love ... read more
Malasada stop at Tex Drive In

North America » United States » Hawaii » Big Island » Kailua-Kona January 4th 2019

Has anyone ever been to a Vanilla Bean Farm? I certainly had never thought to go before but today we were looking for something different to do on a hot day and The Vanillerie south of Kona beckoned so off we went. I have to say I was not particularly looking forward to the experience but I went along for the ride.....actually I had to go as I was driving! The tour took about 2 hours and was most fascinating. I learned a lot and was really glad I had gone. The farm itself occupies 6.5 acres and is owned by a chap from South Africa. He initially came to the island as a forester but it wasn’t making him a sustainable living. During that time he met a fellow from the Philippines who had grown ... read more
Clump of green vanilla beans
beans starting to yellow
Beans going into humidor

North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu » Waikiki January 4th 2019

You’d think I’d be used to queuing up through Immigration by now. But there’s queues, and then there’s QUEUES and Hawaii wins the medal for having the longest. I guess being on a plane that was several hours late arriving and coinciding with the arrival of three other planes stuffed to the gills with passengers seeking entry to a small island archipelago didn’t help. Add to that arriving in the middle of a government shut-down with many security staff effectively working unpaid and you had a perfect recipe for chaos. Which is what we got ... The Immigration Hall could barely contain the volume of passengers. The barriers snaked up and down and left to right, filtering us through to a central area with automated fingerprint scanners and cameras. Slowly, slowly we crept along and, just ... read more
Welcome to Hawaii
Hawaii flag
Aloha from Waikiki

North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu » Waikiki January 4th 2019

We used the HOHO trolleys to get us out and about in Hawaii. So many Japanese visitors came to the island that they were provided with dedicated trolleys in their own language so we had to ensure we got the right one! The Japanese may not have won the island during the war but they seem to have occupied it by stealth now, as there were very many of them on the island. Again, our online voucher had to be exchanged for proper tickets but it was a very pleasant and relatively short walk to T-Galleria, an upmarket shopping mall, where we were able to do this. One counter assistant was trying very hard to help a gentleman with limited English and a rather loud Hawaiian shirt who was clearly entering into the holiday spirit. Several ... read more
Diamond Head park entrance
At Pearl Harbour
Punchbowl Cemetery/National memorial of the Pacific

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