12 Reasons to Stay at The Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa

The Moana Surfrider view

The Moana Surfrider will always be a special hotel to me since I used to stay there back in the late 1990s when I first started to travel to Hawaii. Back then, it was a Sheraton but in 2007, Starwood re-branded it into a swanky Westin Resort & Spa. What’s even better is that it […]

9 Things to Love About the Royal Hawaiian

Royal Hawaiian Hotel on Waikiki Beach

Yesterday I featured the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa and today I’m here to tell you about its sister Starwood property, the Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort. These two have a lot in common, besides being managed by the same hotel company. The most important is that the Moana Surfrider is in the oldest […]

A Farmer’s Market in a Hotel

Exoctic fruit Hyatt Regency Waikiki Farmers Market

One of the coolest amenities I’ve ever seen at a hotel was at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa. They recently introduced a Farmer’s Market in their atrium every Thursday from 4 pm to 8 pm. The Pualeilani Atrium has over 60 shops and boutiques on the ground floor of the Hyatt Regency […]

How to Travel to Hawaii Cheaply with the New Hawaiian Airlines World Elite MasterCard

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Great news! Hawaiian Airlines, with MasterCard, Barclaycard US and Bank of Hawaii, recently announced the official launch of their new Hawaiian Airlines World Elite MasterCard, and I attended their press conference in Honolulu to learn all about this exciting card. In short, this credit card is a great option for those who have always dreamed […]

7 Great Restaurants Where Locals Eat in Honolulu

Highway Inn local dishes

I just returned from a fantastic week in Honolulu, Hawaii! I ate at a variety of places with all different price points and flavors during my stay, and while there were a lot of highlights, I’ve chosen the ones listed below as my absolute favorites. Here are seven great restaurants that locals eat at—and where […]

Wandering in Waikiki

Waikiki

The area around Waikiki’s famous two mile-long white sand crescent beach is a mecca for tourists. Waikiki means “spouting waters” and is located on Oahu, the third largest of the Hawaiian islands. Oahu means “gathering place” and many tourists gather here to enjoy the sand, shopping, and attractions of this incredible paradise. We stayed at […]