Why Waikiki? It’s Wacky, Relaxing, Affordable.

Ala Wai Canal on Oahu was dredged a hundred years ago, draining a swamp and setting the stage for the canyons of high-rise hotels, designer shops, and eateries that draws millions of sun-seekers… Continue reading

Trailblazers are Hawaii’s Trip Advisor

Keep it simple and do it right: Rather than sort through thousands of posts written by hundreds of people on sites like Yelp and TripAdvisor, pick up a Trailblazer guide. You will find… Continue reading

Kauai’s Sleeping Giant is no yawner

The signature landmark on Kauai’s Coconut Coast (the east shore) is Nounou Mountain, known as the ‘Sleeping Giant,’ since its ridge looks like the face of a rather large warrior in repose. Hikers… Continue reading

Spend a glamorous day at the ‘Hollywood of Hawaii’

Kualoa Regional Park on Oahu’s windward coast is next-door to the darling of Hawaii attractions, the Polynesian Cultural Center, and for that reason gets overlooked by most tourists. But locals are hip to… Continue reading

Maui News

The 2018 Edition of Maui Trailblazer is available now on Amazon.com (ISBN: 978-1976810145).  New York Times: “Many of the attractions on Maui are easy to find. But for off the beaten path, I… Continue reading

Lahaina, Maui: The more things change, the more they stay the same

In 1802, his immense eminence King Kamehameha the Great, fresh from battles that made him ruler of all the southern islands, made Lahaina his capital city and kicked back here for years while… Continue reading

The high-and-lowdown on Oahu’s cuckoo Koko Crater

Kissing cousin to the more-famous Diamond Head volcano, Koko Crater sits right across the highway from the most popular snorkeling venue in Hawaii (Hanauma Bay). Beginning at a parking lot for Koko Crater… Continue reading

Oahu’s Maunawili Falls: A short trip to the ‘Heart of Darkness’

The 3-mile round-trip (375 feet of elevation) to Maunawili Falls┬ámay spec out as a cakewalk, but it walks more like a jungle trek a la Conrad’s novel, upon which the movie Apocalypse Now… Continue reading

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