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To Lava and Back

To Lava and Back

Kilauea lava flow on a starry night. Hawaii is easily one of the top tourist destinations in the world, and it’s not very hard to see why. As someone who has grown up here, I still find beauty in the...

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Big Island's Best Eats

  Whenever Hawaiians go on vacation, the first thing they do is map out where they’re going to eat. So, if you’re thinking of coming to the Big Island of Hawaii and are wondering where to stop for a quick...

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5 Ways to Eat Spam

5 Ways to Eat Spam

“Hawaiian steak” aka Spam can be found in almost every cupboard in Hawaii. It’s estimated that Hawaii’s 1.5 million residents eat about 7 million cans of spam a year! Tourists must be eating at least a million of those cans...

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Manapua: A Local Icon

Manapua: A Local Icon

If you ever try to order a Manapua at a Chinese restaurant outside of Hawaii, you’ll get a funny look and a quizzical expression. Manapua are uniquely local and have a fascinating history. Char Siu Bao (or meaty buns when...

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10 Great Gift Ideas for Hawaii Graduates

10 Great Gift Ideas for Hawaii Graduates

1. Leis.  Lots and lots of leis. Flower, candy, or money, just make sure your graduate can barely see and breathe. Small kine shame if only get one or two. 2. Suitcases and packing cubes. Your graduate is about to...

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Hawaii Care Package Ideas

Hawaii Care Package Ideas

Hawaiian Salt and Liquid Smoke. That’s pretty much all you need to make Kalua Pork at home. One of the easiest and tastiest Hawaiian dishes you can make, Kalua with or without cabbage, will give your loved one a little...

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Best Coffee Spots in Kona

Best Coffee Spots in Kona

Starbucks, shmarbucks. Hawaii is the only state in which you can drink a cup of coffee that is locally farmed, roasted, and brewed. In the tiny town of Kona, located on the Big Island of Hawaii, java junkies can trace...

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You Might Be From Hawaii If You...

You Might Be From Hawaii If You...

1. Take your food to the next level. For example, shave alone just doesn’t cut it. You gotta add azuki beans, ice cream, mochi, li hing mui powder, and a snow cap before you’re satisfied. 2. Take off your shoes...

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