Woo-Oahu! My stay at Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki

Most of the time I am a suburban mum covered in toddler snot but occasionally – almost magically – I get yanked out of my leggings and sent spinning into a world of luxury. That’s what happened recently when I wound up at the Ritz-Carlton Residences in Waikiki. When I was dropped off at the […]

Say hello to the Hawaii Admirer

  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?

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

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

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

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 […]

Best things ever

When you think back over your life, what are the absolute best things you’ve ever done? Here are mine: Snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef on the Year 10 excursion Getting my puppy Dash, the toy poodle Snorkelling with manta rays on Big Island, Hawaii Hippo-watching as the sun set in the Okavango Delta, Botswana Holding a baby […]

Top five: Big Island, Hawaii

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

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 […]


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 […]