A Walk Along the Ala Wai Canal

May 21, 2014
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I’ve mentioned before in this blog that I’m a big fan of walking along rivers and canals in cities. Aside from the fact that it provides more attractive scenery for a long walk than navigating city streets surrounded by nothing but steel and stone buildings, there’s something about walking along rivers and canals that makes [...]

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The Gratitude Project

May 14, 2014
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The human mind can be the magic carpet that flies us to exotic lands. It can be the MacGyver that helps us find creative ways to solve our problems. It can change our world. But it can also sabotage us quicker than you can say “boo.” If you still haven’t made your travel dreams come [...]

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Intro to Surf Culture: The Honolulu Surfing Museum

May 7, 2014
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If you are a cultural tourist like me, you probably scour the web for lists of museums in whatever city you’re next planning to visit. Pretty much every city has its “must sees”–places like the Louvre in Paris, the Prado in Madrid or the British Museum in London. And no matter how crowded they are, [...]

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Dining Around Honolulu, Part II

April 30, 2014
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I’m not much of a foodie, but I really love the dining options in Honolulu. On my recent January trip, I ate at some of my old favorites (like Tiki’s Grill and Bar) and tried a number of new places (like the Rainbow Drive-In, which I’ve already written about). I tried malasadas and deep-fried banana [...]

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How I Survived an 11-Hour Flight

April 23, 2014
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Before my January 2014 trip to Honolulu, I had never been on a long-haul flight before, unless you count the 8 hours it takes to get to some European countries. Eight hours is grueling enough, but the idea of being cooped up on a plane—in economy class—for 11 hours sent chills of dread up my [...]

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The Kuhio Beach Torch Lighting Ceremony

April 16, 2014
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One of the best free things to do in Honolulu is saunter down to Kuhio Beach Park for the Torch Lighting Ceremony and Hula Show. It takes place a few nights a week and the start time changes based on the time of year, so be sure to check out the schedule online. The show [...]

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How to Save Money on a Honolulu Vacation

April 9, 2014
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Do you dream of vacationing in Hawaii, but think you can’t afford it? You might be surprised. There’s no doubt that visiting Hawaii can be very expensive. Even if you can get a great deal on airfare, it certainly isn’t going to be the cheapest vacation you’ve ever taken. But it might not cost as [...]

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A Photo Tour of Toronto’s Roundhouse Park

April 2, 2014
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I grew up in a railroad town. The long, plaintive sound of the train’s whistle could be heard daily for miles around. All of us kids grew up learning to look both ways before crossing the train tracks. When I think of trains and my hometown, I think of summer. My friends and I would [...]

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A Day at the Bishop Museum

March 26, 2014
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Visiting a museum probably isn’t at the top of your list when planning a Waikiki Beach vacation. But for a crash course in Hawaiian culture and history, the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum should be. People will tell you it’s a great “rainy day activity,” but I wouldn’t wait for a rainy day to visit. Believe [...]

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