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Aunty’s favorite way to fly is first class. Second favorite way is to be as comfortable as possible. Here are tips on how to pack, book rental cars, and more!

Viva Aloha Las Vegas!

Aunty just returned from a 5 day trip to Vegas. Unpacking suitcases is both fun and a bother, though this time it was easy because ALL of the packed clothes were used, and thus needing to be washed, the only store visited was Trader Joes, and one suitcase was dedicated to supplies, tools, and projects from the fabulous Clay Carnival that Donna Kato puts on year after year. Aunty's packing post was helpful j ...

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Take you back

There is a song called the Molokai Slide with the lyrics, "Take me back, (take me back), back to da kine....." that the following film reminded me of.  Nostalgia for those days gone by when Hawaii was more for real than now. This was put together by a talented George Mihal (dunno who that is) and is actually color footage from 1959-1960, which is unusual for that time era since we didn't even have color tv ...

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Hawaiian good stuff to sign up for

An almost freebie News flash for those who like to get Hawaiian Miles:  Signing up for a new Hawaiian Miles credit card will get you 50,000 miles after you spend $1,000, but this is for a limited time.  Even my friend at Bank of Hawaii (who also issues this card) didn't know about it. An easy way to get this deal is to go to or click on the Hawaiian Airlines ad to the right of this colu ...

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Lithuania and beyond – with only a backpack?

One of Aunty's favorite daughters is off to Lithuania for an entrepreneur camp (all expenses paid except for getting there).  After the 4 day camp, she plans to join groups that feed and house for labor during the day, and then backpack across Europe with a friend for a few months.  A real adventure, almost like Bilbo Baggins without dragons and dwarfs. Some tips from friends include ALWAYS saying "Bon jour ...

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Peak into the North

Aunty finished watching "Doctor Stranger" on recently.  It was about Korean doctors' love drama trauma and we had background glimpses into North Korea since some of the characters originated from there.  A link from the Palm Beach Letter (one of many newsletters that Aunty subscribes to) took Aunty to a time-lapse video of North Korea's capitol done by British filmmakers, with approval from t ...

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Where to stay in Hawaii

Hawaii is an expensive place to visit.  We have wonderful hotels that can cost an arm and a leg, and some not so wonderful hotels that can cost and arm and a leg. Kamaainas (local people) are sometimes treated to hotel deals when the travel season is slow, but those deals are not available for our wonderful visitors. One site that Aunty would recommend for reasonable accommodations for kamaainas and visitor ...

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Hawaii, through a very local lens

Pal Fay has a pal Jalna who is a photographer of everything.  When I just want to enjoy something for the sheer pleasure of enjoying and taking a break, I take a look at and it transports me to the true localness of Hawaii, beautifully. Her photographs are so well done, they are delicious and habit forming.  They are also bad for my compulsive collection behavior, as Jalna and her sisters ...

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Lei time

May 1st was May Day.  May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii...(there is a song to that)..  Graduations are happening all around the State of Hawaii.  What that means is a whole lot of lei making and giving. Friend Tutu asked where I buy my flowers/leis.  I have 2 places that I frequent. Le Flowers on 2567 King Street between Kuni Island Fabrics and Siam Imports has inexpensive leis such as the braided flat ginger le ...

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First Class – Or almost

Whenever I am on a plane, I get antsy and wish I had this or wish there was a way to get more comfortable.  I want planes to have seats that convert into beds and cloudlike cushioning with fine cotton down blankets and pillows.  I'd love to have popcorn and an unobstructed view of the movie screen as well as a guilt free indulgence of reclining my seat and not worrying that I am scrunching the knees of the ...

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Travel Saving tips

Aunty's favorite airline to fly to Vegas or California is Hawaiian Air.  I save a lot of money using their Hawaiian Miles program.  Their website is a breeze to use, and once you become a Hawaiian Miles member (free!), you will have more options to use a combination of miles one way, and dollars for the other way.  You can use your miles to upgrade to first class - the best way to fly - adjustable foot rest ...

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