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Photo of the day: Kauai sky

Photo of the day: Kauai sky Jan 27th, 2012 at 7:30PM: This Kauai sky is awfully pretty. It doesn't even need the surrounding habitat, which is likely amazingly beautiful, to compel viewers. Vast elongated cotton-candy clouds are location-independent, after all. Captured by Flickr user matt coats earlier this month, this is a dreamy image, a reminder that the sky, like the ocean, inspires journeys through its very enormity. Upload your...

Video: Oahu Island: Miracle Coast

Jan 22nd, 2012 at 2:00PM: Oahu Island: Miracle Coast on Nowness.com. Would you like to spend a moment reviving your spirit with a beautiful video depicting Hawaii's Oahu Island? Oahu Island: Miracle Coast, is a gorgeous little video released on nowness.com. It's a short by photographer and filmmaker Lyall Coburn. Through the video, he captures a summer spent idly on the island's North Shore. The video is certainly...

Vagabond Tales: Nobody plans to visit a hospital in Uruguay

Vagabond Tales: Nobody plans to visit a hospital in Uruguay Jan 17th, 2012 at 10:00AM: About the last thing that anyone wants to have happen on their vacation is to end up in the hospital. This much nearly all travelers can agree upon. What's even more fun is ending up in a hospital in a country that speaks a foreign language, realizing your vocabulary doesn't yet include the translations for words such as "syringe", "infection", and "spinal tap". Luckily for me I found...

Taste Hawaii: Savoring Alan Wong's fresh farm-to-table feast

Taste Hawaii: Savoring Alan Wong's fresh farm-to-table feast Nov 30th, 2011 at 12:00PM: On a recent trip to Oahu, my wife and I had the excellent fortune to dine at Alan Wong's eponymous restaurant in Honolulu. Consistently named one of the best restaurants in Hawaii, Alan Wong's has been at the forefront of the Hawaii Regional Cuisine movement since its founding in 1995. Our farm-to-table, fusion feast featured a number of dishes that embody the chef's culinary quest to showcase...

Seven Black Friday and Cyber Monday hotel deals for 2011

Seven Black Friday and Cyber Monday hotel deals for 2011 Nov 25th, 2011 at 10:00AM: As a holiday purist, I lament the day that "Black Friday" and its sister "Cyber Monday" supplanted Thanksgiving as November's most anticipated event. But as a shopper, in particular a seeker of travel deals, I always look forward to seeing what kinds of discounts I can gobble up. This year, quite a number of hotels are offering flash sales on Black Friday (November 25), Cyber Monday (November...

The local flavor of Oahu: Hawaiian shave ice

The local flavor of Oahu: Hawaiian shave ice Oct 17th, 2011 at 2:00PM: The recipe for Hawaii's signature dessert is simple: fill a cup with a mound of finely shaved ice and then top it off with a sugary syrup of your choice. If you want to get creative, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream or azuki bean paste at the bottom of the cup, or top it off with a "snow cap"-some sweetened, condensed milk drizzled over the top. Although the recipe seems like a piece of...

An ode to the Hawaiian Plate Lunch

An ode to the Hawaiian Plate Lunch Oct 12th, 2011 at 9:00AM: One of the finest meals I've ever eaten was on the island of Oahu at a fancy bistro called Chef Mavro. This place is expensive -- It's no problem to spend 100 dollars per person on dinner. But the beautifully sculpted little plates had melt in your mouth sashimi and delicately browned crab rolls in fine rice paper wrappers and, oh, truly, it was a memorable experience. I can't think of Chef...

Gawker's Worst 50 States

Gawker's Worst 50 States Aug 25th, 2011 at 11:30AM: I've been following Gawker's newest series, The Worst 50 States. I've been enjoying following this series. In an effort to pin down not only the best states in the US of A, but, more importantly, the worst states, Gawker compiled a Gawker-invented rating system in order to rank our fair fifty. Granted, this rating system consists solely of the viewpoints of those on staff for Gawker, so the...

The 5 ugliest states in the country

The 5 ugliest states in the country Aug 17th, 2011 at 2:00PM: They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. San Francisco Examiner writer and occasional Gadling contributor Bob Ecker doesn't behold much, at least for a few unlucky states. Ecker previously named the prettiest US states including coastal California, exotic Hawaii, diverse New York, historic Virginia, and verdant Washington. He's now determined the unfortunate ugliest states, measured by...

Taking Denny's Tour of America

Taking Denny's Tour of America Aug 5th, 2011 at 11:00AM: Denny's - America's Diner - recently introduced their Tour of America menu. The chain attempted to capture the essence of America's diverse cuisines in seven dishes and three beverages. However, it's not really a tour if you only order one meal. That simple thought led Gadling to send me to New Jersey with Erik Trinidad, food writer for the Huffington Post and creator of Fancy Fast Food, to...

Cruise line to offer immersive Hawaiian experience

Cruise line to offer immersive Hawaiian experience Jul 21st, 2011 at 7:00AM: A Hawaiian cruise takes time no matter how it is done. Its either a long flight to Honolulu or a long sailing from the U.S. west coast with many days at sea. Princess Cruises, the line of the Love Boat, is taking advantage of that time at sea before arriving in Hawaii by offering new on-board programming aimed to prepare passengers for what lies ahead with an immersive Hawaiian experience. "Our...

Meet Hawaii's greenest farmers market

Meet Hawaii's greenest farmers market Jul 6th, 2011 at 10:00AM: Searching for local produce with a minimal eco-footprint? Look no further than the Hale'iwa Farmers' Market, which claims -- convincingly -- to be Hawaii's greenest. Hale'iwa Town is located on Oahu's legendary North Shore, in the heart of the big-wave surf scene. Its market is open every Sunday from 9pm to 1am, and aims to be Hawaii's first totally green, zero-waste market....

Photo of the Day- the old and the new

Photo of the Day- the old and the new Jul 2nd, 2011 at 5:00PM: Today's Photo of the Day comes from flicker user Kumukulanui who tells us "The 'Pride of America' cruise ship moored off Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawai'i. Just in front of it is a small craft made in the style of the traditional wa'a kaulua (twin-hulled canoe) that Hawaiians used to travel around the Pacific Ocean in centuries past." Do you have some photos from your travels that...

Barbecue and picnic tips for a safe, delicious (and seasonal) Fourth of July

Barbecue and picnic tips for a safe, delicious (and seasonal) Fourth of July Jun 28th, 2011 at 10:00AM: For Americans, there's no holiday more synonymous with eating outdoors than the Fourth of July. It's the ultimate summer dining event, one that largely emphasizes regional foods and seasonal ingredients. Tomatoes and corn are perhaps the two most iconic summer foods served on the Fourth (just because we live in an era where we can purchase certain ingredients yearound doesn't mean they...

Photo of the day - Kauai morning

Photo of the day - Kauai morning Jun 24th, 2011 at 5:00PM: Flickr user Eric Bloemers (EricBloemersPhotography) snapped this breathtaking image of a Kauai morning just last week. The star of the image may well be the raincloud on the horizon, but the dramatic red sand and apparently relaxed surf also cast a spell. Quick, answer this: is there anywhere you'd rather be than in Kauai, even with a storm advancing? Got an image you'd like to share with...

Disney gets the keys to new resort

Apr 26th, 2011 at 2:00PM: Construction is officially complete on Disney's Aulani Resort & Spa in Hawaii. The construction company working on the project handed over the keys recently and final preparation of the resort is underway. As with all things Disney, a celebration was in order and cast members paused for a little magical beach fun. Disney Cast members will work on honing the guest service,...

Potential new law renders travel writers liable for recommending "risky" locations

Potential new law renders travel writers liable for recommending Apr 22nd, 2011 at 2:30PM: Proposed state legislation in Hawaii could potentially render guidebook authors personally liable for damage claims if a reader is injured while performing an activity suggested in the guidebook. The Wall Street Journal writes that "a proposed state law that would hold Hawaii guidebook writers personally liable for deaths or accidents at spots they recommend." The proposed law has been "watered...

Tracking devices in hotel linens thwart thievery

Tracking devices in hotel linens thwart thievery Apr 14th, 2011 at 4:30PM: In case you wondered, Big Brother is watching. In your hotel room. A Miami-based company, Linen Tracker, has patented a radio-frequency identification chip that keeps real-time inventory of frequently misplaced or stolen items such as hotel linens. Like, you know, that plushy robe you planned to take as a souvenir, or that Egyptian cotton pillowcase that sent you into such blissful slumber. The...

California's proposed shark fin ban stirs up debate over global politics of culinary delicacies

California's proposed shark fin ban stirs up debate over global politics of culinary delicacies Apr 12th, 2011 at 3:30PM: As a former longtime resident of Berkeley, California, I'm no stranger to the concept of eating-as-political-act. Well, there's a new food ethics issue on the block, kids, and while it may smack of the current, all-too-pervasive epidemic of food elitism, it's really more about ecology, animal welfare, and the politics of eating--especially with regard to travelers, immigrants, and adventurous...

Hawaii travel still suffering

Hawaii travel still suffering Apr 5th, 2011 at 7:00AM: While it may indeed be safe traveling to Hawaii, not as many people are, at least from Japan. Last month's earthquake in Japan turned tsunami that damaged or destroyed shops and attractions in Hawaii has taken it's toll on tourism. Before the disaster hit, tourism numbers were up with February spending clocked at $1.013 billion, an increase of 18.7 percent over the previous year. Airline...

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