#T2Safari at SFO

I spent today walking through the new T2 terminal at the San Francisco International Airport. There’s definitely a lot of great amenities that the new terminal offers. Check out the photo gallery of SFO’s new T2 terminal below. Have you checked out T2 yet? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Travel to Hawaii via Twitter

After seeing Nathan Kam’s recent post of Visitor Bureaus on Twitter, I thought I’d follow up with a listing of Hawaii’s travel-related Twitter accounts.  If you’re planning a trip to Hawaii or just want to be in the “know,” these folks can provide great links to deals for hotels, airfares, and restaurants as well as upcoming events and festivals to schedule in your list of things to do while in the islands.  It’ll be an ongoing list as we all know that more and more folks are joining Twitter each day.  Feel free to leave a comment with additional links that I should include.  Mahalo!

Updated April 9, 2009/4:20 p.m. HST (58 links to date)

Links for planning your Hawaii vacation (16 links)

  • All About Hawaii ~ Hawaii-focused travel agency based in Oregon
  • A Maui Blog ~ local blogger “talking story” about all things Maui
  • Apple Vacations ~ deals and offers for those looking for Hawaii travel packages
  • B on Hawaii ~ newsletter by Brian Berusch, one of the “go-to” guys for all things travel-trend related
  • Beat of Hawaii ~ travel blog with Hawaii deals, tips, events, and culture
  • Bruce and Yaling Fisher ~ owners of Hawaii Aloha Travel Agency
  • Erika Engle ~ The Buzz columnist for Honolulu Advertiser…always has juicy details to share
  • GoVisitHawaii ~ follow Sheila Beal’s blog for info and tips about visiting Hawaii
  • Hawaii Magazine ~ love Hawaii but don’t live here? here’s a magazine worth subscribing to
  • Honolulu Magazine ~ oldest magazine in the state…love their “Best of Honolulu” issue
  • Honolulu Weekly ~ Honolulu’s alternative newsweekly covering the local scene
  • Lahaina.com ~ one of many sites that offer travel information about Lahaina and the island of Maui
  • MetroMix 808 ~ a site dedicated to Hawaii’s nightlife and party scene
  • Pleasant Holidays ~ deals and offers for those looking for Hawaii travel packages
  • So Necessary ~ need advice for nightlife? follow this Star-Bulletin columnist for tips

Where to stay (9 links)

Where to go and what to see and do (13 links)

Where to eat and drink (13 links)

  • Big City Diner (Oahu) ~ five locations on Oahu with great selection for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner
  • Chef Mavro (Oahu) ~ James Beard award-winning chef George Mavrothalassitis; restaurant is rated AAA five diamond
  • J.J. Dolans (Downtown Honolulu, Oahu) ~ pau hana at this Irish pub that serves an interesting mix of pizzas
  • Kincaid’s (Ward Warehouse, Oahu) ~ reasonable place to bring the family for seafood and steaks
  • My Open Bar Honolulu (Oahu) ~ listing of places to go for free/cheap
  • Ola at Turtle Bay Resort (north Oahu) ~ home to chef Fred DeAngelo and my favorite risotto
  • Papa John’s Hawaii (Oahu) ~ need pizza delivery?
  • Pearl Ultralounge (Ala Moana Center, Oahu) ~ grab some drinks and dance the night away at this nightclub
  • Ryan’s Grill (Ward Center, Oahu) ~ local restaurant with great pau hana hour…li hing mui margarhitas
  • Thirtyninehotel (downtown Honolulu, Oahu) ~ serves double duty as a gallery and night spot for food and drinks
  • Tiki’s Grill & Bar (Waikiki, Oahu) ~ good food, great music, and nice place to catch the sunset in Waikiki
  • Top of Waikiki (Oahu) ~ Hawaii’s only revolving restaurant
  • Zippy’s Restaurants (Oahu and Maui) ~ great place for a plate lunch/local food; one of President Obama’s fave eateries

The folks working in Hawaii’s travel and tourism industry (8 links)

  • David Uchiyama ~ VP of Tourism Marketing, Hawaii Tourism Authority
  • Nathan Kam ~ VP, Travel & Tourism Division, McNeil Wilson Communications
  • Michael Ni ~ Account Executive, Travel & Tourism Division, McNeil Wilson Communications (**me**)
  • Nancy Daniels ~ Director of PR, Outrigger Enterprises Group
  • AT Marketing ~ Hawaii-based international marketing agency
  • Oahu Visitors Bureau
  • Rebecca Pang ~ Senior Account Executive, Travel Marketing and Promotions, Stryker Weiner & Yokota Public Relations, Inc.
  • Iron Dog PR ~ representing the Big Island Visitors Bureau

Other resources

The “shaka” arrives at the White House

It was one of the first things that President Barack Obama did during the inauguration parade today.

Local residents do it when they’re driving or hanging out with friends.  It’s the common gesture that’s known as the “shaka” sign.

Throughout the generations, various stories have been told to explain the origins of the shaka sign, with some dating back to the plantation days in Hawaii.  The meaning can differ from one local to another; however, it remains a gesture of thanks, understanding, and the aloha spirit of Hawaii.  I’m glad that the “shaka” traveled more than 3,000 miles and is now a presence at the White House.

How to “Shaka”

  • Extend the thumb and pinky finger.
  • Keep the three middle fingers (index, middle, and ring) curled.
  • Face the back of the hand towards the person that is being greeted.
  • Give a little shake with a smile.

Oahu’s recent blackout

I took these photos last week.  Here’s a comparison of what Honolulu looks like with power and without power 🙂  I didn’t take them at the same time but you can tell how much a difference power makes.

Honolulu without power

Honolulu without power

Honolulu with power

Honolulu with power

high school connections

Just found out that IolaniAlumni.com gave some props to other fellow alums that blog.  Glad I made it on the list with headshot and all.  Haha.  I’m sure there’s a lot more of us in cyberspace.  For my fellow alums, be sure to tell them to add your blog to the list.

Iolani Alumni Blogs:  More to read and enjoy…

whoo hoo…i’m a winner

So I’ve been an avid Google Reader user to follow all the blogs that I check out every day.  It is highly recommended to try this Google tool since you’ll be able to see all the blog updates and new posts all in one window.  It makes everything so much more efficient.

Back to the point of this post, I was on my Google Reader and was surprised to see a new post by TravelingMamas.com that announced that I was randomly selected to receive one of their prizes for July.  How awesome is that?  These four travel writers/bloggers had visited Hawaii recently and I had assisted with their itinerary on behalf of HVCB.  I’ve been following their blog ever since and commented now and then.  I didn’t remember them announcing their “Boycott the Staycation” giveaways.  Anyways, I get a Gloria Gaynor CD…not my favorite so it’ll be a present for one of my friends.

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If you’re interested in winning, check out TravelingMamas.com and leave a comment or check out one of the other ways to be selected.

airborne alert

I came across this posting on USA Today and somehow I actually feel bad for all those people suckered into buying “Airborne”.  The funny part is I was one of them.

Here’s a snippet for the story:

Company to pay $23M to people who bought cure-all for common cold

If you purchased a herbal supplement known as “Airborne,” you may be eligible for a share of the $23.3 million settlement that the manufacturers agreed to pay in response to a class-action lawsuit accusing  them of false advertising.

“You can say your product prevents or cures the common cold if you have data to support that,” Ronald Turner, a researcher at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, tells ABC News. “What happened with Airborne is that they made the claim, but had no data.”

Consumers who purchased Airborne products between May 1, 2001, and Nov. 29, 2007, are covered by the agreement. Claimants must apply for reimbursement by Sept. 15.

If you have time, you can submit the claim form for reimbursement and you don’t even have to have proof of purchase to receive the wholesale rate back to you.