Author: Kris Bordessa

Seattle’s Pike Place Market: Totally Worth the Trip

At Pike Place Market, the oldest farmers market in America, it’s as if someone tipped the city and diverted all of the color here.


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Grill it Yourself at the Shore Bird in Waikiki

If you’re looking for a unique dining experience in Hawaii, make reservations for dinner at the Shore Bird Restaurant and Beach Bar. The open air, oceanfront restaurant located in the Outrigger Reef on the Beach Waikiki affords a gorgeous sunset view from Waikiki Beach, making this a great spot for a romantic interlude. But it’s…
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Wine Tasting in Hawaii

Hawaii. Sun, sand, and…wine tasting? The islands may not be your first thought when you think of wine tasting, but oenophiles visiting Hawaii will be happy to note that the beach isn’t the only place to check for great legs. The state of Hawaii boasts two wineries with unique vintages, as well as an assortment…
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Kahumoku Ohana Hawaiian Music and Lifestyle Workshop

Amateur musicians intent on learning to play the ‘ukulele or traditional Hawaiian ki ho‘alu, or slack-key guitar, have the opportunity to do so from the best of the best every year at the Kahumoku Ohana Hawaiian Music and Lifestyle Workshop on the Big Island of Hawai‘i. The workshop is organized by Keoki Kahumoku, a five-time Grammy Award winner in the Hawaiian music category. Keoki shares his music and knowledge of the Hawaiian culture from the heart, warmly welcoming students to the workshop.


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Thanksgiving Myths and Misconceptions

This November, schoolchildren all over America will don black construction paper pilgrim hats in honor of the first Thanksgiving. But are they hearing the real story?


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Catch Free Performances by The Royal Hawaiian Band

Visitors to the islands will find plenty of music to enjoy, but one continuing musical tradition dates back to 1836. Founded by King Kamehameha III, The Royal Hawaiian Band (formerly known as The King’s Band) still performs regularly throughout Hawaii and around the world. The heart of the Royal Hawaiian Band, the only full time…
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As a Hawaii-based author and nationally published writer I’ve savored traditional island fare like kalua pig, poke (po-kay), and lilikoi in every form imaginable. I’ve sampled (note: not savored) other island delicacies that are probably best left to the people who love them. Writing about topics as diverse as hiking Hawaii trails and traditional Hawaiian…
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AN Ukulele or A Ukulele?

Oh, you grammar mavens are cringing over the possibility of an ‘ukulele, I just know it. But while you’ve probably known this tiny four-stringed instrument as a you-ka-lay-lee, that’s an anglified version of a Hawaiian word. The Hawaiian pronunciation is oo-koo-ley-ley. Pronounce it Hawaiian style, and “an oo-koo-ley-ley” sounds just fine.

It’s a problem for someone like me, who writes frequently about Hawaii. If I write it so that it feels comfortable to me, my editor will likely think I’ve skipped Grammar 101. When I do write about ukuleles* I present the issue of pronunciation to my editor. Invariably, ‘an ‘ukulele’ is trashed for the more common ‘a ‘ukulele.’ Editorial license trumps my comfort zone.


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Must See Places of Worship on Oahu

No matter your religious affiliation, these places of worship offer a unique opportunity to visit the history and diverse culture of Hawaii. Enjoy the serenity of a Buddhist Temple, see the Christian church raised in Oahu by missionaries, and pay respects to the Hawaiian culture at a heiau. Byodo-In – This Buddhist Temple is non-denominational…
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Top Fun Stops for Kids on Oahu

Sure, the beaches in Hawaii are like a great big sandbox. But the sun and surf day after day can wear a kid out. When you need a break from the sun, these family friendly stops are surefire kid pleasers. Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center – Catering specifically to young children, the center captivates kids with…
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