How to wear a lei

It’s perhaps one of the most iconic images of Hawai’i tourism – stepping off the plane at the airport and being greeted by a sea of lei worn by greeters before being immediately adorned with one yourself. Virtually every celebrity that visited Hawai’i in the post-war era has at least one photograph of themselves on the…

Crave of the moment: Poke Bloody Mary

I love poke, and I love Bloody Marys. But put the two together? That’s brunch. The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas once rocked my world with a plate of Bibimbap-style tots, and they now appear to have answered our prayers to the Brunch Deities with this ono-looking cocktail that makes one long for pau hana. I’m not normally a fan…

10 Hawaiian words you’re probably saying wrong

It’s fun to pick up words of ‘Ōlelo Hawai’i (Hawaiian Language) when visiting the islands or enjoying Hawaiian food on the Mainland. Some words are fun to roll off the tongue, like the name of the state fish humuhumunukunukuapua’a, while the pronunciation of others are the source of scholarly debate. However, it’s important to pronounce Hawaiian words correctly, to…

Four Seasons Lāna‘i celebrates grand reopening

The Four Seasons Resorts Lana’i welcomed owner Lawrence J. Ellison along with dignitaries from Maui County and Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts to untie a mana-filled lei to officially reopen the resort following a multimillion dollar renovation that kept the resorts closed for the second half of 2015. “We are delighted to share a unique destination experience with rich…

Sheraton Kona: Most authentic Aloha

The Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay is about as Hawaiian a location as you can find anywhere in the islands. Hawai’i is a land of mystery, with a language that is full of paradoxes and hidden meanings. There’s the Hawai’i that one sees on the surface—sun, sand, and palm trees—but there’s another, deeper meaning…