Tips and Articles for Hawaii

Joe Schmelzer

Halekulani, Honolulu's top beach hotel, means "house befitting heaven" in Hawaiian, and its just-opened Polynesian spa evokes a tropical Elysium. Kapa... Read More

Hawaii's next culinary generation knows there's more than just mahimahi in the sea, and this young brigade of Pac-Rim masters is serving specimens you... Read More

Hawaii has had a love-hate relationship with big ships ever since Captain James Cook stumbled upon the Sandwich Islands in 1778. ... Read More

In Hawaii, it used to be that you could tell a haole (foreigner) from a kamaaina (local) by the kind of car he drove—or so says my friend Ken. He grew... Read More

I was on the Big Island for a special concert. We played in a palm grove on the beach at night for the 100 people who won a contest through my TV show.... Read More

I'm considering a summer trip to Peru, including some trekking. How crowded is it on the Inca Trail?—D.B., Windsor, Ont. ... Read More

Behold—markandeya!—this is the realm of art. It is the atrium of heaven," reads the inscription on the window of the Robyn Buntin of Honolulu shop, the... Read More

It’s the tropical American dream. The Bostocks—Tim (Dad), Melanie (Mom), and kids Jasmine (Jazzy), 16, Kai, 14, Leilani, 10, and Grace, 4—live on Oahu,... Read More

Q. We want to drive Highway 1 from San Francisco to San Diego. Can you recommend accommodations around Big Sur? —L.M., Chattanooga, Tenn. A. Big Sur,... Read More

More than anything else, the sea defines the Hawaiian experience. But nature can be inconvenient. Sand sticks to skin, jagged reefs can shred feet,... Read More

This month, three exhibitions display fashion as cultural artifact. "High Style and Hoop Skirts: 1850's Fashion," at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts (465... Read More

When I was a teenager in the 1960's, my father had a business in Hawaii. The stuff he manufactured sold the idea of a place that did not exist to people... Read More

To toast the New Year—and with it, dreams of an improved you—we've come up with a few suggestions, at home and on the road. ... Read More

Whether you're aiming to hole up with siblings for a low-key retreat into childhood reminiscence or to invite every cousin thrice removed to a tightly... Read More

I was in the Kauai airport ladies' room when my adventure began. In the first 90 seconds of my overly anticipated (and partly dreaded) vacation alone in... Read More

If the Kohala Coast, on Hawaii's Big Island, is not the best collection of seaside public golf courses in the U.S., what is?The other Hawaiian islands... Read More

Dodge dim sum. Hold the raves on risotto. Here's the lowdown on Stars and Stripes for the taste buds. Sure, you might have to drive out of the comfort... Read More

See our list of 27 affordable beach resorts. ... Read More

Are you familiar with the emotional cocktail that is composed of equal parts fascination and terror?That's how I feel about volcanoes. My schizophrenia... Read More

But for the distant torches flickering on what I took to be coastline, I would have thought our plane was descending into a black hole, so intense was... Read More

In the early 20th century, Waialua Soda Works helped quench the thirst of laborers in the sugarcane fields of Oahu. Now, a local couple has relaunched... Read More

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