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Yes, we have burritos in Hawaii

Hawaii has a surprising amount of "pretty good" (by California standards) Mexican food restaurants. So if you're looking for a good burrito, let our local girl Aina take you there with solid recommendations based on personal (and might I add "repeated") experience.   Read: "Best burrito places on Oahu" now

Go shopping at the biggest mall in Hawaii: Ala Moana

Hawaii's Ala Moana Shopping center is one of the very few places on Planet Earth that has an absolute world class shopping experience with the finest names right across the street from one of the best tropical beaches you can find anywhere. Guys, drop off your girl and soak up the beach while she shops.

Take a hike to a fabulous ridge view in Kuliouou on Oahu

When most people think of Hawaii, they (correctly) imagine pristine beaches. Might I also say we have the most amazing hikes as well. They vary in difficulty from take-a-baby-stroller to you-are-freaking-insane but all of them feature drop-dead beauty. Back in the day I used to boast about hiking all around Hawaii in bare feet but

Korean family wants to live in Hawaii for 9-12 months

I love the interesting emails I get from website visitors. Here's a good one from a Korean woman that wants to live in Hawaii with her sons.  I indented her questions and put my responses in-between. Enjoy! I have never been to Hawaii. I just know from my friend, who is a professor at the

Do a beach picnic at a “secret” spot on Oahu

Cromwell's is one beach most people never heard of so keep this between us, ok? :) It's one of our local girl Aina's favorite spots and she spells out why and how to get there. Pack up a solid picnic basket and plan to spend the day there. I've found some of the best beach

Visit a life-size surf mural you can safely stand right next to

There's an amazing, dramatic surf mural on O'ahu of the "Banzai" Pipeline surf spot which gives you an idea of how giant the waves can get on O'ahu's North Shore because you can walk right up to it and it's life-size. It's easy to get to and makes for a great photo-opp. Our local girl