• Doors Off Adventure with Magnum Helicopters

    I consider myself a thrillseeker—not quite armchair, yet not to the extreme. So this Door’s Off helicopter tour with Magnum Helicopters is just right.
    First off, I’ve got to say our pilot Jim is first rate. He got the tour going smoothly with a few instructions on what to do, and more importantly, what NOT to do while in the air. For example, don’t stick your arm out of the helicopter because it—and you—just might get sucked out due to the hurricane-strength winds circulating just outside. Nah, just kidding…well, kinda. However, cameras, smartphones, headphones have been sucked out into ...

  • Walk Through: SALT at Our Kaka‘ako

    If you haven't been to West Kaka‘ako, specifically SALT at Our Kaka‘ako, you'll see there's more to it than what's visible along Ala Moana Blvd. This community hub of retail, restaurants and services is an emerging space for arts, culture and creativity—perfect for lunch meetings, pau hana or getting together with friends. I had a chance to visit a few of the businesses earlier in the week and learn a bit about them:

    Bevy Market's Chef Susan Smolinski at left, Mixologist Christian Self at right
    Facing Auahi Street, Bevy Market is a small cafe serving up fresh gourmet salads, ...

  • See Humpback Whales!

    Hawaii’s favorite annual visitors are kohola, or humpback whales, and you can find them popping up in our island waters through April!
    Earlier this week, the crew and I got to see these majestic mammals courtesy of the Star of Honolulu Premier Whale Watch Cruise. Departing from Aloha Tower Marketplace out to Diamond Head and back afforded time to see a couple of pods of whales and enjoy the delicious Taste of Hawaii buffet lunch, as well as have fun with guests performing ‘ukulele and dancing the hula. 
    The cruise began with a welcome and introduction of the resident ...

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