Posts tagged "hawaii"

That’s Weird, Emma Stone Isn’t Asian: Why “Aloha” Is A Hot Mess

Hawaii has always been the cinematic setting for the age-old spiritual quest, one in which a confused white man takes to the white sand beaches and the birds of paradise and strolls, endlessly, against a backdrop of crashing waves and Technicolor sunsets, until he either gets the girl or figures out he didn’t need her…

Megan Reynolds / May 29, 2015

Wanderlust: Sometimes, You Just Got To Go With The Flow

Last week, I wrote about knowing and accepting when it’s time to move on. I’ve been getting that itch lately, telling me that it is time to leave the Big Island of Hawaii. I know that I don’t really have any other choice but to scratch it and say “see ya later.” Though, as nature…

Tiffanie Drayton / March 24, 2015

Wanderlust: On Failing Plans & Learning To Move On

I arrived on The Big Island on the night before New Year’s Eve. It was the cheapest day to fly and even though I would’ve preferred to spend the holidays with family and friends, I really wanted to start my travel adventures on a fiscally responsible note. Which also made me decide to get o…

Tiffanie Drayton / March 17, 2015

Travel Porn: Oahu’s Famous Haʻikū Stairs Are Dying A Slow Death

The hiking trail known as the Stairway to Heaven on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, also called the Haʻikū Stairs, is just that: a stairway to heaven on earth. I resent the word “breathtaking” (it’s so sorely abused), but the vision of this trail really does warrant that label. It looks like some tropical fever dream, the most…

Claire Hannum / March 5, 2015

Wanderlust: Finding Community While Traveling Alone

I was casually strolling down a sunny Hawaiian street in the small town of Captain Cook alongside a new girlfriend I hadmade a few weeks earlier, when a man pulled his truck over just behind us and tried to get our attention. My immediate response was to ignore him and continue walking, immersed in our…

Tiffanie Drayton / February 23, 2015

Wanderlust: I’m Not Afraid To Travel Alone

I am traveling alone through the islands of Hawaii and I am a young woman. I am not worrying about getting raped every moment of my journey, unlike writer Tara Burton, who wrote about her fears in an article for Salon called “Dangers of Traveling While Female.” I don’t feel as if my life or…

Tiffanie Drayton / January 23, 2015

Gay Marriage Legalized In Hawaii

Hawaii’s governor signed a bill today legalizing same-sex marriage after December 2 — hooray! Fifteen states and the District of Columbia now marry gay couples. [AP]
This essay by a Black woman who was raped by her father and later asked him to walk her down the aisle absolutely slayed me. [Ebony]…

Jessica Wakeman / November 13, 2013

Cities That Surprise: Hilo, Hawaii

Here’s the thing about Hilo. If you’re looking for a Waikiki-postcard-style Hawaiian vacation, don’t go to Hilo. I know this firsthand because I moved to Hilo in 2006 to spend a semester at the University of Hawaii campus there, and I did no research beforehand. I was just like, “Woohooo Hawaii! Surfing and sunbathing o…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / October 25, 2013

Travel Diary: Discovering Maui (Again)

I’ve been meaning to write about my trip to Maui for over a month now, but every time I think about it I’m overwhelmed by memories of tropical relaxation and I have to immediately lie down on the floor and pretend I’m on the beach instead. But now I’m really going to do it, eve…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / March 5, 2013

We Want To Go To There: 5 Fabulous Girlfriend Getaways

Romantic trips with your lover are nice, soul-searching solo traveling is great, but honestly, it’s hard to beat a vacation with your BFFs. Whether you’re looking to relax and recharge or recreate the most ridiculous scenes from “The Hangover,” we’ve rounded up five amazing girlfriend getaways you’ll never forget. Click on the gallery to check…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / July 25, 2012

5 Ways To Live More Like A Sea Turtle

I spent the last week in Maui soaking up the sun with my best friend and it was fabulous. We ate macadamia nut pancakes, watched seven sunsets, and floated for hours. The best part? Our hotel was near a sea turtle habitat, so we got to go snorkeling at a place called Turtle Cove, and…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / July 6, 2012

White House Bans Shirtless Photos Of President Obama

Barack Obama will not be your Matthew McConaughey. (Dammit.) The White House has delivered “strict instructions” to the press pool not to use telescopic lenses to photograph the president on his vacation in Hawaii. Why must they protect his privacy so? According to The New York Times, the White House doesn’t want any “sneaky attempt…

Jessica Wakeman / December 29, 2010

Quickies!: Michelle Obama Has Beef With Beyonce?

According to MediaTakeout.com, the National Enquirer (we know, quality sources, right?) is poised to report that The First Lady apparently didn’t like the way Beyonce was making goo-goo eyes at her man, President Obama, and threatened to ban her from the inaugural festivities. [Media Takeout]
Hawaii is considering a plan to drop-kick all its homele…

Persia Ali / January 28, 2009