Friday, February 27, 2009

Hawaiian Tourism campaign: "A Thousand Smiles"

Do you like balmy, soft nights? The gentle tropical breeze stirring beach side palm trees, overlooking the aqua-blue Pacific? And wonderful times that make lifelong memories?

We have two filming tours under our belt so far of Kauai, Maui and Oahu and there's still so many great stories to feature there that we're heading back for sure! The thing to realize about Hawaii is that it is gorgeous, smells like flowers when you get off the plane and the people are some of the warmest you'll ever encounter.

Last night we attended the Hawaiian Tourism event kicking off their new campaign for "A Thousand Smiles" - this is just the beginning of a nationwide campaign to get folks to learn more about our American paradise location known as the Hawaiian islands.

Have to like the idea of any campaign where people are smiling of course, and with much reduced airfares these days and lots of resorts offering crazy deals, it's time to make plans to go to Hawaii (not to sound like a commercial, but it really is cheaper now to visit).

Recommend taking Hawaiian Airlines over as they're the last remaining domestic carrier to still serve a full (and actually delicious) meal in coach! We know this because we filmed Chef Beverly Gannon the Executive Chef of Hawaiian Airlines, and so we've been backstage seeing all the fresh and perfectly prepared meals boarding the planes.
Don't be surprised if the people you meet at the Hawaiian Airlines check-in counter are related to the folks on the plane and those on the ground where you land, it really is one big happy family there - and guess what, they sincerely appreciate your traveling to visit and go out of their way for you every chance they can.

We'll be returning soon to film on the Big Island of Hawaii and also to visit some of our friends on Kauai, Maui and Oahu.

But better yet, check out and tell us all about your favorite places to visit and take your family on Hawaii.

We know you will just love spending time on any Hawaiian vacation, or to do business there - so please feel free to contact us to ask us our favorite spots, best chefs, most perfect beaches and things to do!


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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

A true Hawaiian cultural experience!

We had the absolute honor of spending some time on the island of Kauai in Hawaii, filming organic farms, spending time with the locals and taking in the lush tranquility that the 'Garden Island' is known for (in between all of our running around and filming of course).

Fortunately we were able to meet up with Lopaka Bukoski, who runs cultural tours of Kauai, where Lopaka was able to introduce us to the magical salt ponds that connect generations back to the land. We then head over to the Hale Kula Ni'ihau O Kehaha School to meet Hokulani Cleeland and all the children there learning their native language and cultural practices! What a blessing it is to discover native languages and a real celebration of heritage being taught to kids in their own communities!

Our filming day actually started at 5am, when we met Reggie Manaku, Ikaika Manaku & Roberto Garcia by the beach to dig an authentic IMO or fire pit. Once we returned from our journey around the island of Kauai, we got together with Chef Edwin Mizuno to prepare some fantastic Hawaiian recipes and then enjoyed live music from Joyce Okinaka & Kahalau Leoiki with Hula dancers Moana Henriques, Kristyn Ishibashi & Kimberly Tada.

We have to thank Chef Todd Oldham, Sheraton-Kauai and of course Hawaiian Airlines for helping us bring these colorful Hawaiian stories of paradise found!

Kauai is everything you could possible imagine and more! You can smell the ocean air in the mountains and feel the mountain waterfalls all the way to the beaches. The people in Hawaii and Kauai are warm and friendly, and the rich tropical soil brings so much flavor to all the organic and bio-dynamic foods being cultivated and served there.

The thing about Kauai is that it always reminds you to stop, smile and breath in the perfect beauty that completely surrounds and engulfs you.

Peace, Love and Mahalo! (thanks)

Your Hippy Gourmet family

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