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

Meet Raiatea Helm on Friday, March 27

HVCB finally ends its Bay Area promotion this week with a final concert series at the three Gordon Biersch locations in San Francisco, San Jose, and Palo Alto.

San Francisco
5-7 p.m.  Steven Espaniola
8-11 p.m.  Raiatea Helm

San Jose
5-7 p.m.  Aloha Brewed
8-11 p.m.  Beach 5

Palo Alto
5-7 p.m.  Kawika Alfiche
8-11 p.m.  Cyril Pahinui

I’m organizing a tweet-up from 12-2 p.m. at Gordon Biersch San Francisco on Friday, March 27 for those interested in meeting Raiatea Helm and learning more about Hawaiian music and her background. 

There’ll be free Gordon Biersch garlic fries for all attendees and you’re more than welcome to stay for lunch.  Please DM me on Twitter (@michaelni) if you’re interested in attending.

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.

Yum dom cha

Whenever my friends are craving dim sum, they usually bring me along for kicks.  Since I speak Cantonese (yes, I’m full Chinese), I just place our food order for them.  Beware though…because I might order those braised chicken feet.  Yum!

I found this rap by Jin a few years ago and always crack up when I listen to it.  I figured I put his music video on my blog to share with all my friends.  For those that speak Cantonese, you’ll know exactly what he’s saying.  If not, there’s a English translation on the YouTube link.  Yum dom cha…sic gor bao.  LOL.  I’m craving dim sum now.  Who wants to go?

Disclaimer: you won’t find any bikini-clad women at your local dim sum shop…Jin probably added them to be more hip hop. haha.

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

My anthem

Alright. My friend sent me this parody on YouTube.com and it’s frickin’ hilarious. I can actually associated with everything he says…uhh raps. Haha.  To all my fellow asians, what do you think???

Current Favorite YouTube Artists

I just thought I give props to a few YouTube artists that I’ve subscribed to…awesome voices and most of them are filipino.  Rock on pinoys and pinays!

Gabe Bondoc


JR Aquino


Erin and Roxanne aka HipHopRox

Wish I could have their talent.  It all works out because I’m always around filipinos.  Haha!