Say hello to the Hawaii Admirer

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  Ashlee Galea is a little bit famous amongst Australian Hawaii-philes. She followed her passion and now lives in Hawaii (*swoon*) and has launched The Hawaii Admirer, a vital resource for anyone planning a trip to the islands. Read on to find out more about this inspirational human and her spiritual (and now physical) home: […]

Who are the coolest people in the world?

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If you had to change nationality, what would you change to? I am very happy to be born Australian because I love Aussies’ laconic sense of humour, willingness to help people, love of sunshine, beaches and BBQs and of course, there’s AUSTRALIA. I mean, have you seen this place?! Having said that, there’s plenty we […]

Where to eat in Waikiki

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I can’t even pretend this is a comprehensive listing but we did stumble across some pretty fantastic places. We were staying in the ultra-luxe Starwood properties on Waikiki beach – The Royal Hawaiian, Sheraton Waikiki and Moana Surfrider – so it was only right that we checked out their bars (their restaurants were a little too […]

A Hawaiian Blessing

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You know how sometimes there’s this weird thing you want to do and you don’t quite know how to explain it? Well, I wanted a Hawaiian wedding blessing. I have previously identified as atheist but Hawaiian spiritual practice makes me feel things. It’s like someone is playing energetic piano scales down my spine; I get all goosebumpy and feel light […]

Hawaii fan club

The view from the breakfast room at Travaasa Hana

When I like something, I tend to really, really like it. Obsession is too strong a word but I am devoted to the things I love. Hawaii is one of them and, the weird thing is, it has that effect on a lot of people. I was chatting to my friend Phil and he said […]

Top five: Big Island, Hawaii

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Feeling out of touch with the spirit of life? Need to reconnect with yourself or your loved ones? One of the best places to shed the hard edges of city living and embrace the softness of nature is Hawaii’s big island. Get some sand between your toes, sun on your skin and head off on […]

Heavenly Hana

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Hawaiian language is full of references to heaven (lani), wind (makani) and stars (hoku). For me, heaven will forever be Hana, a tiny village of 2000 people on the easternmost tip of Maui. I’d always thought of Maui as being full of resorts populated with honeymooners and while yes, Hawaii is the land of the […]

Hawaii-dote

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Feeling worn out? Beaten up by life? Hawaii will knock the cynicism right out of you. They have this thing called aloha. It’s a greeting and well-known tourism slogan but it’s also so much more. Aloha, as explained to me by Lily, the cultural advisor at Sheraton Kona on the Big Island, is all about […]

Kaua’i Top Five

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Lou Southerden is one of my all-time favourite writers and I was lucky enough to travel with her to the islands of Oahu and Kaua’í in Hawai’i. She wrote a beautiful blog post about her experiences on Kaua’i (we split up for a few days so Lou could go ocean kayaking and surfing). If you are into checking out places […]

Hawaii Top Five-O

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1. Doris Duke’s ‘Shangri-la’, Honolulu I cannot tell you how much I love eccentric gajillionaires and Doris Duke’s story is a doozy. The daughter of a wealthy tobacco tycoon, Doris became the richest woman in America at the age of 12 when her father died. At 23, Doris visited Hawaii on her honeymoon with first husband […]