May you always have a shell in your pocket & sand in your shoes!

March 26, 2011

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Oahu suggestions - a lot of fun and a little different!

March 24, 2011

Recently some of my very favorite Clients/now friends traveled with their ukulele club to the island of Oahu for the annual Ukulele festival - yes there are ukulele clubs all over the world!

Upon her return home to S. California I asked her to give me a list of some of her favorite activities while on island.

The #1 best activity was visiting the Kamaka Ukulele factory. Below you will find information as well as video on this iconic family owned piece of Hawaiiana history. Mr. Kamaka (presently in his 90’s) still gives the tour and history of the ukulele.

1. Kamaka - the PBS video:

Kamaka website:

2. We were also treated to a surprise performance by local ukulele player, Bryan Tolentino.  Bryan Tolentino is a really friendly, nice person… and talented!

3. The Website for the festival, Ukulele Picnic, which I highly recommend. It was well organized and a pleasure to attend:

4. Cyril Pahinui plays frequently at the Kani Ka Pila Grill at the Outrigger Reef. He and his band are fantastic! After the set he stopped by each and every table to greet people. He is class act and a warm person.

5. Taimane Gardner plays at the Elegant Dive at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki on Friday nights. Fun!

6. The House Without a Key restaurant is located at the Halekulani Resort and is a lovely place, very special - also rated by Zagat!  “The House without a Key is Hawaii’s best French restaurant with impeccable professional service.” -

7. Another favorite was stopping by we also stopped by Bailey’s Antiques and Aloha Shirts - they have an amazing selection of aloha shirts - really a lot of fun to check out. Its located on 517 Kapahulu Avenue, Honolulu, HI.  Its also listed in Frommers guide!

8. We had drinks and dinner at the Moana Surfrider, a beautiful property with so much history! They have a great little display of their history up the stairs from the lobby.

9. Of course we also wandered around the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and gawked at all of its pink splendor!

10. Have you heard about the Hello Kitty themed buffet restaurant? We went to see it with our own eyes. Wacky! Didn’t eat there, but it was fun to see:

There is so much to see and do in Oahu, we will need to return next year!

See you in the islands,


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Thank you for assisting us with our Maui vacation!

March 24, 2011

Aloha Teresa,

I want to personally thank you for a wonderful family vacation to Maui!  The sportfishing trip went great (so I hear) - I was at the Grand Wailea spa!  They didn’t catch any big sports fish, but Connor was so pleased with the 5 lb Tuna and we enjoyed it for supper that night.

The day we went snokeling with Trilogy Excursions was a magical day. We saw a pod of dolphins, sea turtles, male humpbacks competing for escort rights, and a mother humpback with her calf who breached the water about six times for us!  We will have to send you a photo share when Orren gets the pictures all done.

The Old Lahaina luau was a wonderful experience and Lynda and I went to the Grand Wailea Spa the day the men went fishing. We had a relaxing hour of soaking in all their baths, a loofah scrub, and an hour massage each. Heaven!

Thank you so much! I am going to pass your information on to my Aunt and Uncle who are thinking of going to Maui later this month.


Tracy and family

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