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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...

Liliha Bakery Kalihi storefront

Liliha Bakery Kalihi – an original classic

We wrote about the famous Liliha Bakery here at the HAT Blog a decade ago. We’ve been back many times since, and, frankly, nothing has changed...

Honolulu Museum of Art

Honolulu Museum of Art – home at HOMA

We’re happy to report that the HAT Blog visited the Honolulu Museum of Art (HOMA in brief) over the weekend. We’re also ashamed to confess that we haven’t been there...

Live music Hawaii

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...