April 12, 2013 |
Spam , beloved among Hawaiians, will be celebrated April 27 during Waikiki Spam Jam , one of Honolulu's biggest annual street festivals. Spam merchandise (such as T-shirts) will be sold, but the biggest draw is Spam itself. A dozen Honolulu restaurants that cook with the canned pork and ham product will dish up a variety of Spam-centric creations, including a Spam-on-a-stick frozen treat. A new offering for 2013 is Spam cheesecake. The festival stretches for several blocks along Waikiki's Kalakaua Avenue from Lewers Street to the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach hotel.
April 2, 2013 |
Once it was a hostel for stewardesses and pilots , but now Honolulu's newest hotel is positioning itself as an alternative to Oahu 's beachfront, family-filled resorts. The Shoreline Hotel Waikiki is the newest property of boutique hotelier Joie de Vivre , the San Francisco-based company that operates more than 30 fiercely individual hotels, many in California. The Shoreline is its second property off the U.S. mainland, along with the Coconut Waikiki Hotel , about three blocks away.
February 15, 2013 |
Visitors to Waikiki can immerse themselves in the islands' ancient dance traditions May 17-19 during the International Waikiki Hula Conference . The gathering, at the Hawaii Convention Center , aims to fully engage participants through dance and cultural workshops. Now in its sixth year, the conference attracts hundreds of hula fans and will pay tribute to the 50 th anniversary of the Merrie Monarch Festiva l, a Hilo event that celebrates Hawaiian traditions and cultures reintroduced and embraced by King David Kalakaua in the late 19 th century.
September 5, 2012 |
The Park Shore Waikiki is across from Waikiki Beach and within walking distance of Diamond Head. The Oahu hotel has a water sports package that starts at $199 a night for an ocean view room while it undergoes a $10.7-million renovation. The package comes with perks for one guest: a surf or stand-up paddle lesson as well as a bike-hike tour of Diamond Head. The deal: The Hans Hedemann Surf & Turf Package (named for the surf school) requires a minimum stay of three nights to qualify for the water sports extras.
January 29, 2012 |
New Mexico This year, New Mexicans mark 100 years of statehood. But much of the state's appeal stems from its human history that goes back much further. (In 2010, Santa Fe celebrated 400 years of cityhood.) Explore here: the adobe architecture and art galleries of Santa Fe; the vintage signage along old Route 66; the lingering hippie vibe of Truth or Consequences. Don't forget the Lightning Field, an art installation outside Quemado where (for $150 to $250 a person) you spend a summer night in a wood cabin and wait to see if lightning will strike one of the 400 tall steel poles outside your door.
March 25, 2011
Visiting the International Market Place in Waikiki, on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu, Times reader "corich.mv" came across two blue-and-yellow macaws nonchalantly grooming themselves as curious tourists walked by. If you decide to look for these guys, head for Kalakaua Avenue, a little north of the Honolulu Zoo. The open-air market, with over 130 shops and vendors, has been around for more than 50 years. For more information on the islands,...