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Live music in Hawaii – a vacation essential

Every Hawaii vacation has its own soundtrack. You won’t hear it anywhere else. You can’t take the immediate intimacy of the sounds of the surf or the birdsong of the...

Makiki Loop Trail

Makiki Valley Loop Trail – a brief history

Oahu’s Makiki Valley Trail is one of the island’s most popular hiking trails. It’s part of the State DNLR’s Na Ala Hele trail system, well...

Monarch Poke – a new local favorite

A friend of the HAT Blog, Chef Adam Gilbert, opened Monarch Poke in Pearl City in November 2022. Located in a nondescript strip mall near...

Hana Koa Brewery diners

3 best Honolulu pub crawls

The wind and rain continue to howl and lash here in Honolulu, and throughout most of Hawaii, with no sign of letting up any time soon. It’s fine, though, except...

Kealia Trail ocean view

Kealia Trail – a forest foray

Wind and rain are battering my lanai, rattling the sliding glass doors and my normally steady state of relative calm. A “Kona low” has settled in over pretty much the...

Restaurant tipping, dining checkcheck

Tipping in Hawaii – here’s why

One of the most common concerns we hear from visitors regards tipping in Hawaii. Who should be tipped? When? How much? Food and beverage industry workers should be tipped,...