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  • Pixel Postcard: Happy Fifth Anniversary Kani Ka Pila Grille

    Destination: Oahu

    kani ka pila grille menuThis Saturday, Kani Ka Pila Grille celebrates five years of nightly Hawaiian music--live from 6 to 9--at the outdoor eatery. That's 1,820 days of continuous performances and 5,460 hours of music. At a minimum, Cyril Pahinui had played 780 hours of the total. The Hawaiian music legend--and son of Gabby "Pops" Pahinui--is so committed to his Wednesday night gig that he only signs contracts for other performances if they guarantee he'll be back by 6:00 each Wednesday evening. I love this about Uncle Cyril. "I made a commitment," he once told me, referring to his schedule.

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  • The Detonation of Plumeria

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    For many of our Facebook followers, I’ve recently learned, the quintessential scent that represents Hawaii is plumeria. There. Did that single word send you tumbling into a memory of Hawaii?

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  • Waikiki Beach Walk-and-Talk: Cyril Pahinui

    Destination: Oahu

    cyril pahinui on waikiki beach with diamond head in backgroundWhen Cyril Pahinui arrives for his weekly Wednesday night gig at Kani Ka Pila Grille, the valet and bell team at Outrigger Reef on the Beach, spring into action. One opens Uncle Cyril’s car door. One grabs a luggage cart. Another starts unpacking Uncle Cyril’s gear, including the slack key guitar for which Cyril is known.

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  • Jake's List: Ten Things About Humpbacks You May Not Know

    Destination: Oahu

    whale watching off diamond headDid you know the tongue of an humpback whales weighs 2,000 pounds? That’s the weight of a VW Bug. And 363,000 pennies. And, of course, a ton of bricks. The one-ton tongue of a 45-ton humpback whale works like a giant tofu press to squeeze water out of its mouth in order to eat.

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  • Pixel Postcard: Backside of Diamond Head

    Destination: Oahu

    view of diamond head from backside

    This week in Hawaii, those of us on the windward sides of the islands are drying out after a series of wet weather patterns that sprouted waterfalls and mud puddles here and there around the island chain. There was actually blue sky covering my corner of paradise today, and for that, I am thankful. Last week, I found myself on a boat off Waikiki on another such sunny day. (One of the great things about Waikiki is its location on the leeward side of the island pretty much guarantees sun almost every day of the year. If it does rain in Waikiki, the sun often shines right through the raindrops.)

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