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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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Hawaii Weather is Beautiful (Even Without the Sun!)

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I took this short clip while riding in a car during my recent trip to Hawaii. The day was a little overcast and even kind of foggy. However, it was still just absolutely beautiful there – both the scenery and the weather itself. Living in Seattle, I’m used to clouds and rain… and even prefer them to the sunshine!

What’s your favorite type of weather? Where have you traveled to that had your perfect type? Leave me a follow-up comment here on the blog and let us know! Or, you can leave a video response of your own on the YouTube channel!

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Wine in Hawaii

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What type of wine is your favorite? I prefer reds, absolutely. Give me a good glass of Pinot or Cabernet and I’m a happy camper. While in Hawaii last week, I tasted three different reds while at Sergio’s in Honolulu… the Pinot, the Cabernet and a nice Chianti. They were all definitely – red!

A Pinot wine comes from grapes that are grown around the world, mostly in the cooler regions, but the grape is chiefly associated with the Burgundy region of France. It is widely considered to produce some of the finest wines in the world, but is a difficult variety to cultivate and transform into wine.

Cabernet Sauvignon makes the most dependable candidate for aging, more often improving into a truly great wine than any other single varietal. With age, its distinctive black currant aroma can develop bouquet nuances of cedar or violets.

Chianti is a red Italian wine produced in Tuscany. Chianti is sometimes called the “Bordeaux of Italy”. The flexibility in the blending recipe for Chianti accounts for some of the variability in styles among Chiantis. Lighter bodied styles will generally have a higher proportion of white grape varieties blended in, while Chiantis that have only red grape varieties will be fuller and richer.

How many of you knew any of those things about the different types of wine I tasted? It goes to show that you learn something new every day! There is a lot of work that goes into making an excellent bottle of wine… and there are many methods of smelling, tasting and simply experiencing wine, as well.

For me – it’s all about how smoothly it goes down. What do you look for in a good wine? What qualities are important to you? Is it the smell… the texture… or simply the taste? What’s your favorite type and/or brand?

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Top 5 Reasons I Could Live in Hawaii

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Don’t panic! I’m not planning to move to Hawaii. However, my last visit here wasn’t the greatest, and I recorded a video depicting the reasons I’d never live there. This vacation has been so amazing in a short amount of time that I thought I’d record a video talking about how great it is, and how IF I were to ever move, I might consider living here.

  • The People and the Atmosphere – I had a very warm welcome when Traci had coordinated a Tweetup at Tiki’s Bar and Grill. The people who came were very open to sharing experiences, asking questions and even buying me drinks! A lot of people showed up, and everyone had a great time. Hawaii is populated with a very social-minded culture.
  • The Weather – Even though I don’t much like heat, I do like the consistency of the weather here in Hawaii. I love the rain and clouds and cool temps in Seattle. But it’s never easy to predict what the weather will do.
  • Really Good Food and Drinks – The food (and especially Sushi) on all of my trips has always been amazing, as well as the drinks. I think I’ve probably gained about five pounds, just in the first time. I really have to thank (again!) Bruce and the gang from Hawaii-Aloha for hooking me up with the people at the Sheraton hotel… because the first-ever Peet’s Coffee in Hawaii is right here in my hotel lobby!
  • Stargazing – I’m not an astronomer, but I do like looking up into the sky. The night sky here is as clear as a bell. There are so many things that exist in this world that we take advantage of… the things that Mother Nature provides us. I’ve been gifted with the ability to see. That sense sometimes is forgotten when my eyes aren’t open to the things that are around me. When the skies are clear in Seattle, they’re pretty. However, you just canno see as many stars as you do here in Hawaii.
  • Girls! – Every single woman in Hawaii is beautiful. I’m not kidding. They’re just gorgeous, and beautiful and strong. They don’t allow ugly people into the state, really! Ok ok… they let me in. But the women are A-OK!

I’m not saying whether I ever would or won’t live here. I’m just saying that it’s a wonderful place. Why would or wouldn’t you ever move to Hawaii?

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Wine Flight: Pinot, Chiante, & Cabernet

Wine Flight: Pinot, Chiante, & Cabernet

If you’ve never been to Sergio’s Honolulu, you’re definitely missing out. Located at the beautiful Hilton Hawaiian Village, Sergio’s has authentic Italian food. They have an amazing selection of wine, as well! I ate until I felt I would explode. Hey – I’m Italian, remember? The food was amazing. The atmosphere was relaxed and quiet, and the various wines were quite tasty.

Stud-Wannabe at Sergio's Honolulu

Involtine Di Melanzane from Sergio's Honolulu

Caesar Salad from Sergio's Honolulu

Pizza from Sergio's Honolulu

Desserts from Sergio's Honolulu

Wine from Sergio's Honolulu

Meet Miss Hawaii ’95

Meet Miss Hawaii '95

Traci is one of my hosts here in Hawaii. She is an aspiring singer / actress, and has just started to produce video content on YouTube regularly. Oh, and she happens to be Miss Hawaii ’95.

I met Traci on Twitter a while ago after she retweeted something I said in the now-infamous social media video. Didn’t take long for me to see that she took the time to respond to everybody who leaves a comment for her – including on her YouTube channel. I even convinced her to set up a Geeks profile!