Off The Beaten Path Sandsational!

Sheraton Waikiki welcomes guests with stunning sand sculptures. I’m standing in the Sheraton Waikiki lobby looking out toward the beautiful blue ocean when my iPhone alerts on a text message. My sister Ruth Anne, who lives in Jackson Hole, Wyoming,… More >

The Hawaiian Way

Locally owned Outrigger Enterprises Group is rooted in the values of old Hawai‘i—its values-based process, Ke ‘Ano Wa‘a, shapes the way the company treats its employees and guests. Walk into any large hotel chain in Hawai‘i and elements of the… More >

Off the Beaten Path: Love Thy Neighbor

The Waikiki Community Center brings residents and tourists together to volunteer and provide services for the community. Since the height of Hawai‘i’s plantation days when workers from all over the world pooled their talents to bring sugar and pineapple from… More >

Off the Beaten Path: Full Circle

During the “Boat Days” when visitors and locals used to travel in and out of Hawai‘i by steamship, they would throw their flower lei into the sea as the ship passed Diamond Head. If the lei returned to the islands,… More >

Off the Beaten Path: Hula Aloha

The employees of the Hyatt Regency Waikiki share the aloha spirit with visitors through service, and even dance. The Hawaii State Legislature attempted to define “Aloha Spirit” with the passage of a law acknowledging it as the “working philosophy of… More >

Off the Beaten Path: Life Aquatic

It may be tempting for some to think of Waikiki Aquarium as a tourist attraction where pint-sized travelers, who need a break from the beach or a rainy-day activity, can meet the real-life versions of Dory and Nemo. However, as… More >

Off the Beaten Path: First Lady of Waikiki

The wings at each end of the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort and Spa, are sagging. No, I didn’t have too many mai tais. The alcoves began sloping following a 1918 renovation when they were used to store the heavy… More >

Off the Beaten Path: See the Light

Former Secretary of State and First Lady and U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton likely wasn’t the first celebrity in Waikiki to be bowled over by the region’s iconic torch lighting ceremony. A video of a half-clothed Hilton Hawaiian Village torchbearer… More >

Off the Beaten Path: Learning to Surf… For a Cause

Steven Pratt operates his non-profit water sports stand in Waikiki not far from the spot where he caught his first wave under the watchful eye of family friend and Natatorium lifeguard Steven Kauwili. “I was five or six,” Pratt says…. More >

Off the Beaten Path: A Royal Legacy

Some visitors may realize that Hawai’i is the only U.S. state with a palace; however, most probably don’t associate Waikiki with a royal history. The two-mile district was the landing site of the fierce warrior King Kamehameha I, who united… More >

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