Tour of Museum: Bishop Museum

One hundred eighty-two years ago today, Bernice Pauahi Bishop, one of this century’s memorable women, and great-granddaughter of Hawai’i‘s greatest King, Kamehameha I, was born in Honolulu. Bernice Bishop‘s “herstory” is heartwarming. As a philanthropist, she founded the Kamehameha Schools for educating Hawaiian children. She followed her heart by marrying the man she herself had … More Tour of Museum: Bishop Museum

“Le’ahi”: Doing Diamond Head

Visiting historic Pearl Harbor was the centerpiece of my 2009 trip to O’ahu; hiking up the 1.1 km to the summit of Diamond Head to see the tuff cone crater, a natural landmark, was it on my 2013 return trip. Le’ahi, the Hawaiian word for the “brow of the ahi fish”, also “wreath of fire” to refer to the “navigational fires” lit to serve as seafarers’ guides, is a geological … More “Le’ahi”: Doing Diamond Head

Road Trip O’ahu

Hawai’i is not just O’ahu; it is also Maui, the Big Island, Molokai, Kauai, etc. O’ahu is also not just Waikiki; it is a bunch of other excellent beaches like Waimea, Waimanalo, Kailua, Kualoa, Ka’a’awa (pronounced Ka-a-ava). If there’s a perfect place to get lost in, is in some beach with un-pronounce-able place names like Pupukea or Kaihalulu. The … More Road Trip O’ahu

Boracay Sunsets

As tourists and locals alike know, Boracay is the beach capital of the Philippines. A brief, 45-minute plane ride from Manila lands you in either Caticlan, the nearer of two airports that services this summer destination, or Kalibo, farther by a 2-hour land travel into Malay, Aklan (where Boracay beaches are). Due to its high-wattage popularity … More Boracay Sunsets