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MAY DAY IS LEI DAY IN HAWAII

Aloha, ohana! May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii where we celebrate the aloha spirit and the giving of the flower lei of various beautiful flowers from the islands. It is unknown when the tradition of giving lei began; it was believed to be a custom with the original Hawaiians, who presented lei of nuts, seeds, shells, leaves, and flowers as offering to the gods  The celebration begins in the morning of May first every year and continues throughout the entire day and even continues onto the next. So, if you're in Hawaii in May, join the festivities on any of the islands. It is a statewide celebration...

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TOURIST TIPS IN PIDGIN BY ANDY BUMATAI

Here are a few tips for tourist before visiting Hawaii. The kicker is it's in local pidgin presented by comedian Andy Bumatai. Funny as ever, but he puts in a way any tourist will understand---I think. LOL! Perhaps I'm a bit bias because I can speak pidgin too. Anyway, click here and learn from Andy.  Live & Die Aloha!

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PAPA OLE'S KITCHEN ON OAHU

During our last trip back to Oahu, cousin Jeff told us about his favorite hole in the wall spot we must try. He kept reminding us, and so glad we finally listened to him our last day and visited Papa Ole's Kitchen. Located in Hauula, it truly is a hole in the wall found in a mini strip mall. Always busy with locals which is always a good sign.  The food is amazing. We each ordered mini plates and they were incredibly generous. I had the Shredded Pork with Gravy. Best pork I had and my mouth is literally watering...

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HELEMANO PLANTATION IS A HIDDEN GEM...

We discovered a gem in Wahiawa. Each time we drove down Kamehameha Hwy, just as we passed the Dole Plantation I would see a road that captured my attention. One day we decided to explore this road and we discovered a hidden oasis. Helemano Plantation is a place where "Aloha begins". There is a restaurant , a bakery, a farm and wonderful shops. The entire plantation offers training and jobs for the developmentally disabled. We enjoyed their shops and met wonderful people during our visit. We went away with many goodies, including our beautiful carved Honu. Prices are amazing, but...

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MIKE'S HULI CHICKEN IN KANEOHE

If you're on the island of Oahu and hungry for great local food, check out Mike's Huli Chicken in Kaneohe (East side of the island). Guy Fieri (Diners, Drive-ins and Dives) rated this place with top reviews. So, for sure you gotta stop for some good eats! Yeah, that's me Bad Tuna Bob in front of their promo truck. The real cooking, grilling and ordering are off to the right of me. We had the combo plates (huli chicken with kalua pork and huli chicken with garlic shrimp as shown) Both plates were "broke da mouth" kine food.  So, go now...

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