Hawaii

Tips and Articles in Hawaii

On certain warm nights, the last place we want to be is inside. Give us a good breeze and a view of the stars. Of course, we'll take the comfort of a resort, too—and on St. Lucia, at Ladera (800/738-4752 or 758/459-7323; www.ladera-stlucia.com; do...
I never fantasized about visiting Hawaii with my sister. The land of molten lava, fiery sunsets, and evening luaus has always, in my mind, been reserved for honeymooners. Yet here we are, Debra and I, moments after arriving in Honolulu, padding ou...
Call it the Cinema Paradiso of the Pacific. On Saturdays and Sundays, the city of Honolulu erects a 30-foot movie screen for an evening of alfresco films on Kuhio Beach, a popular stretch of sand near the Kapahulu Pier on Oahu's southern shore. Cr...
Tobacco heiress Doris Duke's estate, Shangri La, was built on five seaside acres in Honolulu's exclusive Black Point between 1936 and 1939. Though its name might suggest otherwise, the house is an Arabian Nights fantasy, and it's now open to the p...
By the time I show up, at 4:30 a.m., about 30,000 very wide-awake runners have gathered on the green at Honolulu's Ala Moana Beach Park, where a pre-dawn Pacific breeze rustles through banyan trees and coconut palms and lightens the moist, tropica...
Five young surfers eating from takeout containers on a bench outside Honolulu's Ward Farmers Market tipped us off. We were in the warehouse district between Waikiki Beach and Chinatown, hungry and jet-lagged, when we spotted them digging into pla...
Halekulani, Honolulu's top beach hotel, means "house befitting heaven" in Hawaiian, and its just-opened Polynesian spa evokes a tropical Elysium. Kapa-cloth murals, water-hyacinth pillows, and ti-leaf leis set the island vibe in seven muted suites...
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've never tasted before. —Shane Mitchell THE CHEF Wayne Hirabayashi THE PLACE Cabanas Seaside ...
Hawaii has had a love-hate relationship with big ships ever since Captain James Cook stumbled upon the Sandwich Islands in 1778. Whalers and sailors, missionaries and fruit barons followed with goods, diseases, and hidden agendas. Lately, however...
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 up in Honolulu, where the curving beachside roads were lined with beat-up surfer cars. A polishe...
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. BAD, BAD THING: The first time I came here was years ago, to shoot the "Wicked Game" video. Peo...
I'm considering a summer trip to Peru, including some trekking. How crowded is it on the Inca Trail?—D.B., Windsor, Ont. Solitude is unlikely during the May-to-September dry season. The number of hikers on the trail, an ancient 20-mile highway th...
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 premier Asian antiques gallery on Oahu. It's my first day in Hawaii, and unlike those travelers...
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, the most culturally abuzz and action-packed of the Hawaiian islands. In a nod to their mother’s...
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, about a third of the way down from San Francisco, is a good spot to overnight, with its redwood ...