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Sunny's Local Grind

Sunny’s Local Grind – new and local in Waikiki

My wife and I headed into Waikiki a couple of Saturdays ago for the grand opening of the new locally owned and operated Sunny’s Local Grind. It’s a coffee shop...

Iam Tongi American Idol Winner

Iam Tongi – American Idol, Ambassador of Aloha

Iam Tongi is the new American Idol. With his angelic voice, inspiring backstory, and gift for songwriting, Tongi has captured the hearts of the show’s judges and millions of its...

Pauoa Flats Trail

Pauoa Flats Trail – a hike to remember and ponder

Prompted by a conversation with a bar-tending friend who also happens to be a marathoner and avid trail runner, the HAT Blog recently embarked on a hike along the Pauoa...

Royal Kunia 10th Hole

Royal Kunia Country Club for visitors

I recently found myself lost in the weeds, figuratively speaking, while writing a feature story for a local print magazine. I got bogged down in the granular details of the...

Iam Tongi

Kahuku’s Iam Tongi is already a star on “American Idol”

I’ve never been much of an American Idol fan. Not even a little. But the soaring success of Hawaii contestant Iam Tongi, or William Tongi, has...

Iao Valley Maui

‘Iao Valley State Monument and the legend of the ‘Iao Needle

We can now add Iao Valley State Monument on Maui to the short list of popular Hawaii natural attractions that require reservations for nonresidents. We’ll get...