Tag: Hawaii

I was disappointed that Hale Ohuna (from the owner of the wonderful Koko Head Cafe) closed days after I ate there. The restaurant was only a few months old and while entrees were not as strong as starters, the intimate, two-floored space was inviting and fun while this pig's face musubi was one of the best, more creative dishes I had this whole trip

Eating & Drinking in Honolulu 2015

Last month, I wrote a Zagat feature article on hot, newer restaurants in Hawaii, including a number of standouts during my fantastic 2 weeks in December on Oahu and Kauai to end 2015. In my Zagat feature, I cover a number of recommended restaurants — The Pig & the Lady (my top choice), Pint + Jigger, Mud Hen Water, Koko… Read more →

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The incomparable Napili Coast from a helicopter (it can only be seen via air or boat)

Eating & Drinking Around Kauai

Last month, I wrote a Zagat feature on hot, newer restaurants in Hawaii, including a number of standouts during my fantastic 2 weeks in December on Oahu and Kauai to end 2015. Here are some of my favorites this visit in Oahu, while now I dig deeper into coffee, food, restaurants and drink spots in Kauai. Magical Kauai is still… Read more →

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The Pig & the Lady's

The 10 Hottest Restaurants in Hawaii: Oahu, Kauai & Big Island

This article was first published at Zagat on January 25, 2016. Photos and article by Virginia Miller.  Whether grabbing excellent sandwiches at brand new Artizen in the Hawaii State Art Museum, third wave coffee at The Curb, dreamy black sesame ice cream at Via Gelato, bean-to-bar local chocolate at Madre Chocolates, or cocktails (with a stunning view) from former SF… Read more →

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Stunning rainbows were a daily occurrence, here viewed from our Napili Kai deck

Cradled in WEST MAUI

Nestled in the cove of Napili Bay, swimming with the sea turtles and gazing out at the islands of Molokai and Lanai, Napili Kai Beach Resort was my favorite stay in Maui. First driving up to the resort off a winding neighborhood road, the appearance is dated: like a weathered 1980’s resort well past its prime. But I needn’t have… Read more →

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North shores of Maui on a stunning late morning drive

MAUI’s Wailea and Upcountry

My favorite stay in Maui was on the West side (see my article on West Maui). Wailea, with its posh resorts and mega-malls reminded me of the OC or Beverly Hills of Hawaii – not what I wanted to head to Hawaii for. But I relished in the sugar cane fields, country towns and mountain glories of Haleakalā. Wailea Though… Read more →

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Sunset from my room at

Hawaii, The Big Island – 13 Edible Treasures

Volcanoes. Black rock expanses. Coffee berries growing on mountain foothills. Some of the best stargazing in the world. Rolling, green farmland. Waterfalls. Sandy beaches. Singing classic Hawaiian tunes to ukelele under the stars. These are but a few things I beheld and experienced on Hawaii, the Big Island. Flying around the entire island via helicopter (I’d recommend Paradise Helicopters’ circle… Read more →

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Beach coastline on Grand Hyatt property

Hotels, Coffee and Rum in KAUAI

Article and photos by Virginia Miller Kauai… dreamy island respite, painfully beautiful, truly relaxing (other than East side traffic!) Last issue, I covered restaurants and cheap eats on the island. This time it’s best places to stay and drink (read the 5/15 issue for best cocktails on Kauai). HOTELS GRAND HYATT KAUAI, Poipu Beach – Do yourself a favor and… Read more →

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Unforgettable and breathtaking: the Napali Coast from a helicopter

The Breathtaking Island of Kauai

After brilliant days exploring Honolulu and Oahu, I knew it was going to get better with Kauai, based on what everyone who had ever been told me. As a non-athletic type, I wasn’t going to Kauai for aggressive hikes and surfing. I prefer soaking in nature, reading poetry and taking walks on beaches, and, of course, searching for great local… Read more →

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Liliha Bakery

Eating in HONOLULU, Oahu

After a dreamy week in Hawaii, I have a slew of recommendations to share with you in a multi-part series. I’ve covered farmers market street food in Honolulu and on the North Shore of Oahu, and Honolulu’s cocktail scene. Now we dine in Honolulu, on the hunt for the best. Next time, Kauai. Though I arrived with romantic Blue Hawaii… Read more →

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Sunset at Mai Tai Bar

Exploring Honolulu’s Cocktail Scene

After a dreamy week in Hawaii, I have a slew of recommendations to share in a multi-part series. Last issue, I covered farmers market street food in Honolulu and on the North Shore of Oahu. This time, we sleep and drink in Honolulu, on the hunt for the best. Next issue, we’ll talk Honolulu restaurants. Though I arrived with romantic… Read more →

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