Category: Travel

Peppinos, A Scanner Darkly, made in Hawaii Festival

Friday was statehood day. Not the happiest holiday for the former kingdom of Hawaii, but in the grand scheme of things, probably a day worth celebrating. It’s at least worth a day off and Mink and I enjoyed just puttering around the cottage and taking care of the household...

Hawaii’is Spam Problem – Black Market Spam

Spam alert. There’s a big black market product which is shaking Hawaiian daily life to its core. Spam. Canned meat. Here’s the lowdown – the people in the state of Hawaii eat more Spam than in all the other 49 states combined. It’s everywhere. There are more than six...

Paved Paradise and didn’t put in ENOUGH Parking Lots

Okay, I admit it, I muddled the lead because I wanted to riff on Joni Mitchel’s song. The real problem isn’t enough parking lots, it’s too many cars. Yesterday morning, far too early, I woke up and went to sell at the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet. It was a...

The Death of Affordability in Hawaii

Coming back to Hawaii – there are lots of obvious changes – there are now lots of really expensive trendy shops. Whole Foods is here and you can spend a fortune on groceries if you choose to, Bed Bath and Beyond, Gucci, Saks Fifth Avenue, etc – the list...

This Heartbreaking World

I want to start by saying that I don’t usually give homeless people or people that are begging anything except my compassion. We all know that story about the rich beggar with the garage full of undriven cars and the big house filled with unworn clothes – the beggar...

Moving is Hard Work….

Just in case I forgot to mention it – moving is really hard work.Mentally and physically it is extremely challenging and the past month, I’ve been working in a state of hyper-overdrive. The amount of stuff that has been accomplished seems insurmountable when I look back on it…this is...

Fire At Marco Polo High Rise in Honolulu

I was driving on Kapiolani Blvd yesterday about 3pm when I noticed a lot of police and fire – I looked up and there was smoke coming from high up the building in front of me. It’s a building I used to have a friend that lived in –...

Hawai’i Problems and My Not So Simple Solutions

There are some big issues in Hawai’i. They were issues when I left in 2008 and they have gotten worse. In some cases much worse. Don’t get me wrong – I am plenty happy to have the bathwater with the baby – but as a logical person, I can’t...

Back in Paradise – Some Thoughts

I am grateful and happy to be back on Oahu, back in Hawai’i, and back in paradise. I have a few observations that I’d like to share… First of all -n the value of a good credit rating. I could not have done this if I hadn’t of made...

Today – We Are Moving to Hawai’i

It’s been a long road….I don’t mean the nearly ten years going around the world since I left Hawai’i. I mean the last two weeks…yikes…flying back from Oahu, getting our entire household packed in suitcases, arranged for an estate sale, priced, and advertised (though not very effectively) and then...

Changes on Oahu – Is this still my home island?

It feels incredible to be back on Oahu. I love it, I love this island. It has changed though. I would be lying if I didn’t acknowledge that. In Kailua, I was virtually the only person who was stopping to let people cross the street…in Lanikai I stopped so...

Flea Markets in the South of France

The south of France is a beautiful area, full of culturally rich cities with countless holiday destinations, hotels, villas and cottages to choose from. But how can you choose one specific destination? Well that all depends on what you are visiting France for. France is famous for its flea...

Lottery Green Card

A lot of people would love to immigrate to the US because this is a great country! A land of opportunities as a lot of people say… The US Immigration offers the opportunity to any citizen in the world to apply for a green card (or permanent residency) through...

California resorts not what they used to be

Recession got you down? Need a vacation? Think you can’t afford one? Think again! I would go one step further though, if you sleep on the couch on someone’s porch and leave before they wake up you don’t have to pay anything! There are always ways to save money...

Super Cheap Hotel

Here’s a real bargain for you! ROME (Reuters) – Hundreds of holiday makers struck lucky when they chanced upon a very special offer — a mistake in a hotel booking system which offered a romantic four-star weekend in Italy’s lagoon city of Venice for 1 cent. The offer, a...

Top 5 reasons vaction rentals rule!

One of the better lessons I’ve learned in my travels is that staying in hotels is generally over rated. While some hotels are nice and I’ve certainly met a lot of nice people everywhere I’ve gone, if I am going to spend a few hundred dollars, I would much...

New York Airlink Car Service

I can tell that as a guy who used to pick people up and drop them off at the airport, I truly appreciate a good car service. In the past, I’ve spent time running to gates, yelling at cab drivers, waiting for rides, and sometimes even missing flights. I...

Cruising the Big Apple in a Tourist Bus

The next time I am doing some New York sightseeing, I will definitely look these guys up. I’ve got friends that were recently in New York and they’ve been telling me about the best way to see all of the major sights. While for me, a long walk through...