Category: Hawaii Accommodations & Dining

Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony in Hawaii

A tea ceremony with roots in sixteenth century Japan lives on in Hawaii. Visitors may experience the elegance of Chao, the Way of Tea, in public demonstrations. Small group sessions are held twice a week in a tea room and garden tucked in between towering Hawaii hotels in Waikiki. The foundations for Chado were laid […]

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Waikiki’s Historic Hotels Welcome You

In Waikiki there are a few hotels which are historic but unfortunately only the folks with the big bucks get to stay there. However, these properties have a lot of Aloha Spirit and even if you’re not staying there you can enjoy the ambiance and the beauty of these wonderfully restored historic Hawaii hotels. It’s […]

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Say “Aloha” to Saimin!

The latest in know your foods in Hawaii: saimin! Or, “How to eat soup with chopsticks.” Saimin is Hawaii history in a bowl. I had read of saimin in a guidebook on our Hawaii visit. It said saimin was a traditional food unique to Hawaii, so I was happy to order when it appeared on […]

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The Shrimp Truck Treck Tour

When Aloha Bruce asked me to join a group of bloggers, journalists and tech gurus on a journey to Oahu’s North Shore for tour of its famous shrimp trucks on a recent Friday, it was pointless to try to conceal my enthusiasm. I love being on the North Shore, I love shrimp, and I’ll jump […]

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Be Sure to Try Dim Sum on Your Hawaii Vacation

You may be familiar with dim sum, or you might think it’s a description of how a poor student does an arithmetic problem. It’s the name for small, translucent-skinned Chinese dumplings with a broad range of light dfillings that include meat, seafood, and vegetables, as well as desserts. Pervasive in China, plentiful in Hawaii and […]

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To Poi or Not to Poi?

You undoubtedly will have the opportunity to try poi during your Hawaii vacation. It’s served at all the luau, often appears as a breakfast staple (like home fries or toast), and is available at all the restaurants that offer Hawaiian fare. True locals consider poi as their “staff of life” the equivalent of bread in […]

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Molokai is truely “the Friendly Island”

Molokai, known as the “Friendly Island,” is home to the second-biggest cattle ranch in the islands and was a longtime haven for lepers before the disease was treatable. It preserves the ambiance of old-traditional Hawaii, perhaps a Hawaii of 50 years ago. With , a couple days here and you feel like part of the […]

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