Author: Olena Heu

8 fun facts about POW! WOW! Hawaii 2016

Now that POW! WOW! Hawaii is in its sixth year (I know, can you believe it?), I’ve compiled some interesting facts that might surprise you about Kakaako’s homegrown street art festival. How many of these did you know already? Fact…

Try making realistic resolutions for 2016

New Year’s resolutions should be realistic, carefully thought out, attainable goals you can commit to. Let’s face it. Who takes resolutions seriously any more? Resolutions today have become part of the chatter of holiday conversations, when you’re reminiscing about the…

Visual feast: Pow! Wow! Japan

Pow! Wow! Worldwide (formerly Pow! Wow! Hawaii) just wrapped a huge weeklong installation on the streets of Tokyo. On the first leg of Pow Wow’s Asia 2015 tour, 19 of the world’s best contemporary mural and street artists painted more…

Up close and personal at Maui Chef’s Table

A cool Maui breeze caresses my face. In an outdoor dining room lit by candles, I’m at a communal table with people from across the globe. These are the initial moments of Maui Chef’s Table, which recently reopened in a new location…

Last-minute Halloween costume ideas

Mirror, mirror on the wall What should we be for Halloween this fall? Has Halloween snuck up on you? Are you still costume-less and afraid you won’t have time to come up with a plan to dress to impress? Don’t…

Focus on fitness: Finding balance with SUP yoga

Wahine Forum 2015 – What to do when life throws you a curveball and how to best deal with stress panelist. I recently participated in the Wahine Forum as a panelist. The topic of the panel was stress and how…

Hidden gem Maui: Tiffany’s Bar & Grill

Venture to Lower Main Street in Wailuku, Maui and you’ll notice industrial businesses, rundown retail spaces for rent and a lot of bars. If I were by myself I’d probably avoid the area altogether. But luckily for me, a Maui…

Jake Shimabukuro releases new album ‘Travels’

Jake Shimabukuro’s latest album “Travels” drops in the U.S. on Oct. 9. Known for his vivacious playing style and ability to transcend the aloha spirit to other cultures, Jake Shimabukuro today released his latest album “Travels” in the United States.…

‘Dear Thalia’: Update on a film and a homeless family

Rex Moribe and the Martins (Photo credit: Kenna Reed) It’s a story that has already touched many hearts. After my blog post in March about Dear Thalia: What it’s really like to be homeless, local filmmaker Rex Moribe’s documentary about…

Jerry’s Pizza comes to town

Known for having the best pizza on the north shore, Jerry’s Pizza has expanded to Kalihi. I was headed home on King Street the other day when a sign for pizza and pasta caught my eye. I’ve lived in the…

In the kitchen with Lynette Lo Tom

After two years of compiling traditional Chinese dishes with an island twist, Tom has lots of family recipes. Lynette Lo Tom is a woman of many accomplishments: former news reporter and anchor, Hawaiian Tel spokeswoman, marketing diva, mother. Now, having…

Girls’ night out in the battle against breast cancer

One of my best friends, Christa Wittmier, was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in May 2015. Cancer. I have heard this six-letter word a lot lately. One of my dearest friends was recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of…

Hidden gem: Da Hub

Da Hub crew If you’re in the mood for some onolocious local-style grinds with outside-the-box flavors, generous servings and supah dupah fresh fish, look no further than Da Hub in Kalihi. This new eatery opened its doors a few months ago…

Our Top 5: Ultimate poke bowls

Think poke bowls are for wimps? Think again. There’s a whole big genre out there that goes way beyond fish and limu over rice. If you’re looking for over-the-top bowls, that’s what we’ve got: Our top 5 ultimate poke bowls. What…

Olena and Melissa: Three-day juice cleanse

Juice cleanses have become extremely popular, but with so many different types — cold pressed, fresh squeezed, smoothies, master cleanses — it’s hard to discern between them all. Two of our bloggers Melissa Chang and Olena Heu recently went on…

We’re watching: Up-and-coming musician Tim Rose

Have you ever felt unsure of the life path you were on? For singer and songwriter Tim Rose, uncertainty coalesced in a clear decision: Let Kickstarter decide. “I wanted to test the universe and I was feeling a lot of…

Flotation therapy: Does it work?

Floating in the ocean is my favorite! Photo credit: Melissa Chang Ever wonder what it feels like to be weightless? Like astronauts in outer space, what would it be like to glide and drift like a feather in the dark, with…

Our Top 5: Construction workers’ loco moco picks

Ah, the loco moco. Just saying those words takes me back to my childhood. A loco moco is good for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It’s savory, gooey, hearty, sometimes even creamy. It’s local comfort food at its finest. There are…

How not to DUI: 5 best bets

It’s summertime. With friends and family visiting and fun festivals like Joy of Sake, Hawaii Food and Wine and the annual Waikiki Ho’olaulea coming up, people are perhaps enjoying a drink (or two, or three). Summer also means you could…

How hard is indoor climbing, really?

Fitness for me is a way of life. I stay active by hiking, swimming, surfing and yoga. I’ve heard about more extreme sports like parkour, bouldering and indoor rock climbing, but I’ve never had the chance to give it a…

Something new: Kountry Style Kitchen

Kountry Style Kitchen in Ewa Beach is the sister restaurant to the Kauai icon Kountry Kitchen in Kapaa, which opened its doors in 1975. There’s a new brunch spot… not in town, but in Ewa Beach. What’s unique about this…

Water baby heaven at Spa Montage Maui

I’ve said it before: I am a water baby. I love the water — ocean, ponds, lakes, rivers, streams, waterfalls, water parks, pools, you name it! I also don’t do very much to pamper myself. I cut my own hair,…

Eat and do good: Waffles for Wishes

Photo credit: Melissa Chang Summer is officially here! As a child on Kauai, what I loved most about this season was spending all day in the sun at Kalihiwai beach, riding my bike around Kilauea town and hanging out with…