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Refreshing Watermelon ‘Otai

      photo courtesy of www.ilovecoconutcream.com     ‘Otai (pronounced OH – tie) is a refreshing summer drink that doubles as the perfect end to a summer barbecue or any summer gathering. It has its roots in Polynesia where Tongans, Samoans, Hawaiians and Fijians, to name a few, would enjoy this yummy concoction. A Samoan recipe recorded by early European visitors lists a mix of shredded vi (a Polynesian fruit), young coconut meat (which is soft and sweet), coconut water and coconut milk. This mixture was corked in empty coconuts and set to...
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PCC Guides “Dive the Extra Mile”

    “Everything was going according to plan, until the groom accidentally dropped his wedding ring into the lagoon. Not wanting to ruin the wedding, many of our employees jumped into the water to help look for the ring … but in the murky waters of this fresh mountain-spring-fed lagoon, even the mighty rays from the sun were no help. When evening came, the would-be rescuers were forced to withdraw, and the ring was written off as lost.”   “Then, out of the shadows came two brave warriors from Japan, Yusuke Hirata and Takuya Ogasawara. They could not bring...
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Top Attractions for the Time-Crunched Tr...

      Top Oahu Attractions for the Time-Crunched Traveler   By Whitney Butler   Great airfare deals to Hawaii are hard to pass up, so many West Coast travelers find themselves out on the islands for business or short weekend adventures.   When time is of the essence and you want to get the most out of your short Hawaii trip, picking attractions that feature culture, entertainment and outdoor fun are quintessential to your island experience.   Check out these exciting Oahu attractions when you’re crunched for time.   Explore the Island Nations of Polynesia   For...
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Old Hawaii Lives Again in Laie

      ‘Old Hawaii’ Lives Again in Laie   By Joe Kukura   The most up-and-coming town in Hawaii is not even a town. It’s a little sweet spot called Laie (pronounced “lah-ee-yay”), a culturally rich coastal community in the North Shore of Oahu.   Oahu is that Hawaiian island known for the big tourist spots of Honolulu and Waikiki Beach—and Laie couldn’t be any more different. Laie trades the hustle and bustle of constant commerce for a more laid-back, vintage Hawaiian paradise feel. When you see the sea turtles wandering the same beach where you’re...
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Tips for doing Hawaii on a Budget

      Tips for Doing Hawaii on a Budget   By Joe Kukura   Hawaii is rich with exotic culture and beauty, and you don’t need to be rich to enjoy it all. For all of the talk of Hawaii as an expensive place to visit, the reality is that any smart vacationer can find affordable options with some research and asking around. A little bit of comparison shopping can go a long way and keep your trip to paradise from getting pricey.   Time and money are your two most precious and limited resources on your Hawaiian vacation. You will want affordable options for your...