Kaua’i Top Five

Paddling the Na Pali Coast, Kaua'i

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

Shangri-la

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 […]

Hawaii – a love story

Hawaii

I just got back from a work trip to Hawaii; eight days, two islands, four journalists and a lot of fancy hotel dinners. I am utterly knackered despite the fact that I’ve been in a South Pacific paradise. Believe it or not, hosting press famils (familiarisation trips) is actually pretty stressful because you’re The Responsible One. […]

Happy Lei Day!

Leis

May 1st is a public holiday in the Hawai’ian Islands and a huge celebration of local culture; hula, ukeleles, slack key guitars, Aloha shirts and sunshine. You will find me freezing my sweet ass off outside the QVB from 8am – 10am handing out leis and asking people to enter the Lei Day competition at www.winhawaii.com.au Come and say Hi. […]

All you need is love (and a scratch Mai Tai): The Royal Hawaiian, Waikiki Beach, O’ahu

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Our last night at Mai Tai bar at The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort was a cracker. It all started in our room with the complimentary bubbly and then moved down to the bar for ‘one drink before dinner’. I ordered a scratch Mai Tai, a delectable concoction of white and dark rum, pineapple […]