It Tasted Better Than Soap!


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Everyone loves gifts! I especially love them when I’m not expecting them! Nancy from the Outrigger Waikiki sent me a surprise gift basket to my room when I was staying there recently, courtesy of Bruce Fisher and his team. I was in Hawaii for the [re]Think Hawaii conference. Apparently, the hotel noticed that I was tweeting from my hotel room, and posting pictures of the scenery! In any case, they sent me a very cool gift basket, and I was pleased as heck with it!

The card was really nice… appreciative of my stay at their hotel. Inside, there was an actual basket, believe it or not! There were some Sweet Potato and Taro chips inside, right on the top. They’re very yummy, and made by the Hawaiian Chip Company.

I also uncovered some Island Assorted Candies, some chocolate-chip macadamia muffins (SO delicious!), chocolate and pineapple flavored macadamia nuts, and some shredded newspaper! Oh, wait… the newspaper was probably to keep the chips and such from getting broken!

I really appreciate Bruce, and everyone who made my trip to Hawaii a reality. I had an amazing time on the Islands, and at the conference itself. Also, thanks to the Outrigger Waikiki for sending me this great basket of goodies!

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Downtown Hawaii Skyline


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The skyline in Honolulu is absolutely beautiful during the late evening. Isn’t that view amazing?! The reason I recorded this, though, is to get all of you involved. I want to have everyone record a short video response for this post, and show us your skyline. You can live in a city, a small town, or even out in the country. Take a short video and show us what it looks like in your neck of the woods just before sunset!

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Bird is the Word


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On my recent trip to Hawaii, I visited Puka Dog in order to try one of their famous hot dogs. While there, I also met Rosie the Green-Winged Macaw. I’m not so sure I enjoy a bird sitting on me. It was kind of freaky! Nothing against Rosie… she was a very nice bird!!

The hot dog was delicious, by the way.

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Which Technology Do You Need When You Travel?


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After my trip to Hawaii, Traci was kind enough to interview another one of the local tech enthusiasts for me! Neenz is the chief evangelist for Alltop, spreading the news about them to the World. Alltop is an “online magazine rack” of popular topics. They update the stories every hour. Pick a topic, and they deliver it to you 24/7. Their tagline is: All the topics, all the time..

Traci noted during the early part of the interview that Neenz has such a sense of warmth surrounding her, which even comes across in her blog writing. Traci calls it the Aloha Spirit, and Neenz couldn’t agree more. To Neenz, the Aloha Spirit (also called love and/or friendship) is simply an action word. It’s something that you do, and that you show. You have to be sincere, even online. Be genuine, and transparent.

Neenz was instrumental in making my latest stay in Hawaii such an amazing one. She worked tirelessly helping to put together the Tweetups and other things I was able to do. I sincerely appreciate that! I had a great time, and am looking forward to going back again one day.

Just like with Burt, Neenz has definite opinions on what gadgets you need to pack when you travel. The first conference she went to, she massively over-packed. Her biggest piece of advice is to not do this! The main thing about a conference is to be comfortable.

She always makes sure she has her iPhone, including podcasts to watch on it while traveling. She also never forgets her Incase charger, to help boost the battery life. She also brings her laptop and her HP Mini Netbook. She likes to travel with the Mini because it’s so easy to grab while on the go in order to get things done. Lastly, Neenz brings along her Logitech Quickcam Orbit, so that she can stream (if allowed) what she’s watching through her website.

Now that Neenz has told all of you what tech she packs when she travels, how does her list match up with yours? What gadgets, gizmos and technology do you have to pack when you travel?

Once again, thanks to Neenz, Traci, Hawaiian Airlines and everyone else who made my trip so memorable. For more information about travel in Hawaii, be sure to follow @flyhawaiian on Twitter.

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What Does Hawaii Taste Like?


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Much to everyone’s dismay, I uploaded quite a few videos of my experience in Hawaii. I’m not going to apologize – we only typically talk tech! Even when I wasn’t talking about tech, I was using tech to talk about the things I was doing! Yes, this video is about Hawaii. I received a care package from Troy in Honolulu the other day, and wanted to do a video to honor the occasion.

He sent a nice letter along with the care package. He was sad that he wasn’t able to meet me while I was in Hawaii. He asked if, instead, I could open his box in a video! That’s easy enough to do.

First, I received a container from Zippy’s, along with some chopsticks. The food there was amazing, which is why I ended up recording a video to tease all of you! Zippy’s ended up posting the video to their Facebook fan page, which was really cool! Sadly, the container is empty.

Next I pulled out a couple of containers of Macadamia nuts. I love them, so I’m looking forward to munching on them. There were even chocolate-covered Macadamia nuts!!

Last, but certainly not least, I was leid yet again. There was a Lei in the box, made from Macadamia nuts!! How cool is that? You can’t Lei yourself though. It has to be done by someone else, and then you have to receive a kiss. So, I’m not going to put the Lei on yet. I’m going to have to find someone who can do this for me.

I had a great time in Hawaii this last time, and I am absolutely looking forward to visiting again one day.

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