I've been to 30 countries and all 50 US states, but Hawaii is a place that keeps calling me back and that I never get bored with. True, it has its well-trammeled, over-touristed places and if you spend all of your time inside a luxury resort, you may as well be in Mexico or the Caribbean. But if you...more
Open only since 2013, this Andaz resort hotel managed by Hyatt brings something new to the Hawaii beach resort game: eco-friendly LEED certification. Nestled in the upscale Wailea resort in South Maui, look for a Japanese-Hawaii fusion restaurant by Iron Chef Morimoto here....more
After a long day spent road tripping with all the crowds to Hana, it's peaceful to retreat just inland from Paia to this refurbished general store for a dinner of top-notch Hawaii Regional Cuisine by star chef Bev Gannon. Reserve ahead, and ask for a table on the lanai (if they're still...more
A beautiful calm bay on the far northern tip of West Maui, Kapalua is one of my favorite places for a sunset swim. Though it might look like a private beach resort, by law anyone can use the public beach access parking lots and walk down to the shoreline for a dip. If you want to save money on hotels, check...more
Stranded on a busy street between downtown Honolulu and Waikiki, you might not even this noodle shop if you didn't know to look for it. But step inside and slurp a bowl of handmade soba and udon noodles in a savory broth to die for. Totally worth a detour if you love authentic Japanese food....more
You'll have to search around inside the Hyatt Regency resort complex to find this clothing, jewelry and seaside gifts boutique, but it's worth the effort. Owned by a Vietnamese immigrant fashion designer, the maxi dresses and blowsy skirts and tops are unique and handmade....more
One of those only-if-you-know-about-it local spots, this shave ice shop is super-friendly and just off the highway between Waikiki / Diamond Head and Hawaii Kai / Hanauma Bay. Homemade fruit and candy syrups totally put it over the top.
Friendly shave ice shop with homemade syrups like guava, strawberry milk and Calpico (a Japanese soda pop). Get yours with mochi, adzuki beans or condensed milk! Interesting traditional ice-cream sundae combos too like peanut butter and fudge. Yum!
Owned by a Korean pop star, this coffee shop on Waikiki Beach's main drag has a stellar menu of 100% Hawaii-grown coffees from Maui, the Big Island, Molokai, Kauai and Oahu, each cup handmade by the pourover method. They've also got espresso drinks, including a banana-flavored iced...more
Hidden inside Aiea Bowl bowling alley, this place is surprisingly good. As in, it's awesome! Hawaii soul food plate lunches and rice bowls come piled high with kalbi short ribs or furikake-crusted ahi. Show up for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and you won't leave hungry. The 5-layer lemon...more