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What Can You See in Hawaii?

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I just returned from Hawaii, courtesy of @alohabruce and his team at Hawaii-Aloha. Despite visiting the state to speak at a Social Media conference, they coaxed me out onto the water for an afternoon of frivolity. I learned there are many interesting things to see there in Oahu.

Believe it or not, I managed to not have a problem with motion sickness. Being The Great Indoorsman, it was very tough for me to have to be outside… in a boat… racing at break-neck speed across the water… and having that giant yellow thing in the sky beating down on my face. I swear I’m not going out of my house again for at least a month. I’ll need that much time to recuperate.

Imei thought it would be great fun to make the boat rock back and forth. HELLO! I don’t think this thing was designed for that kind of nonsense. It seems to me as though it should ride smoothly through the water at a sedate pace – much like a luxury car going down a new stretch of highway. Imei apparently doesn’t agree.

Bruce pointed out something the locals call a “Sea Booger.” I thought it was rather interesting looking, but got yelled at when I wanted to touch it. Danger Will Robinson! I’m still not sure why the hell I couldn’t play with it.

A moment later, we were enjoying the gorgeous scenery and seeing some pretty amazing rocks. All of a sudden, one of them started moving! What the hell! This thing was gargantuan, with legs as long as an Anaconda. The pinchy things on the ends of its legs look like something straight out of the movie Predator – or was that Alien?

Once that thing was gone from view, I was amused momentarily by a nice fat Sea Turtle. He was cute, in a slow kind of way. He didn’t worry me overly much… at least, not as much as Hawaii’s very own Sarlacc pit. It didn’t have tentacles and it kept erupting with water. That seemed mostly harmless.

I’m happy to report that there was no sign of Boba Fett there in Hawaii.

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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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Hawaii Travel Tips

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People always say that Hawaii is best known and loved for the gorgeous scenery and weather. I have to disagree. My favorite thing about the Islands is the food. Bruce took me to a “hole-in-the-wall” (for lack of a better word) restaurant recently. It was hands-down the best food I’ve eaten in a very long time. I had to ask Bruce to share with us the best places to eat in Hawaii, and where to find the best food.

Bruce says that there are over 2500 restaurants just on Oahu alone! Many Hawaii natives eat out quite often… it’s just something they do. In fact, Bruce says that most people eat out more than they do at home. They enjoy the whole social aspect of dining out with friends and family, being able to relax and hang out with loved ones. That is very important to them, and something that I have witnessed on every trip I’ve made there. Bruce specifically mentions two Foodie Bloggers that you should check out: Melissa and Melanie.

Bruce and his team at Hawaii-Aloha are an amazing group of people. They work hard, and it shows. They actually truly care about the people they help, and go completely out of their way to make sure each and every customer is satisfied. They were the travel sponsors for my recent trip to Hawaii so that I could attend the [re]Think Hawaii conference, and I am definitely MORE than happy. My accommodations at the Outrigger Waikiki were fantastic. Every aspect of my trip was comfortable… and enjoyable.

I can’t thank Bruce and the gang enough for all of their help, and for their friendship. Aloha!

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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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Battle of Nu’uanu Pali

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Looking at the Ko’olaus from a vantage point of the Pali. That’s the Like Like highway below.

This spot (where I’m standing, not where I’m pointing the camera’s lens) is where Kamehameha forced the Oahu opposition off the edge (Kaleleka’anae).

Even when it’s overcast, Hawaii is beautiful. Then again, I love the rain! I’m here for [re]Think Hawaii, with travel provided by Hawaii Vacations.


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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Isn’t Hawaii Beautiful?

This is my third trip to Hawaii, but it feels like the first time.

I’m staying at the Sheraton Waikiki (thanks to @alohabruce and @starwoodhawaii). Before heading downstairs to get my morning coffee, I decided to record this quick video – with the full intention of recording a higher definition clip later. Unfortunately, the lens doesn’t do the scenery justice.

Not only are the islands beautiful, but the people are as well. Here’s a slideshow from last night’s tweetup at @tikisgrill (thanks to Michael for allowing it to happen, Ryan for taking and uploading the photos, and Traci for being such a wonderful hostess):