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16 Books To Read And Love Forever

<i>Here they are: the books we passed on to our closest friends, fought over at book club, lugged with us on every move and think about still. In no particular order, let’s start with...</i><p><b>The Lovely Bones</b><p><i>By Alice Sebold 400 pages; Little, Brown and Company</i><p><b>Because Susie made us trust -- and cry for -- a</b> …

Books

Bright new breakfast ideas to start the day with a bounce

Eggs and greens, roast tomatoes with labneh, pear and berry compôte and even a smoothie - try these fresh ideas to supercharge your mornings<p>It is 7am and people are starting to tweet pictures of their breakfasts. As I find it hard to focus at that hour I wouldn't dream of photographing my brekkie, …

National Geographic Travel

Traveling Alone in Hawaii: 10 Must Do Solo Adventures for the Single Woman

Getting away from the regular routine of life for a couple weeks or even just an extended weekend can help you to regain perspective and connect with yourself.<p>Whether you are going through a divorce, break up or just need time to heal on your own, Hawaii is a perfect destination for woman craving a …

Trails

National Geographic Travel

The 36 Best Things About Hawaii (Yes, Really)

Two years ago, HuffPost Hawaii was launched to put the spotlight on the Islands, not just as a postcard, but as a community, as Arianna Huffington said at the time. And from the very first story listing vital Hawaiian words to live by to the many insightful blog contributions along the way, we have …

The Best Design and Vintage Boutiques in Hawaii

Go past the tourist traps, and you’ll find that there’s an exciting independent boutique scene on Oahu.<p>Oahu is famous for its white sandy beaches and ocean views, but it has also become a shopper's paradise with all the major stores lining Kalakaua Avenue. However, if you go past the tourist traps …

6 Things I Learned in My First Year of Living in Hawaii

One year ago this week, my one way ticket from New York City to Honolulu left me happily stranded in Hawaii. While it's been a very strange and exciting transitional year, I'm pleased that I've been able to adapt to the ways and mores of my new hometown.<p>The change hasn't been as easy as I thought …

New York City

Going to Hawaii? 10 Must-Eat Local Specialties

The Mike Myers line about Scottish food is all too easily applied to Hawaiian cuisine: on first look, much of it seems to be based on a dare. Canned meat, a purplish-gray mush that is most often compared to wallpaper paste, and lunches that are customarily served with mayonnaise-laden noodles …

Ten of the world's most spectacular beaches

United States: Lanikai Beach, Hawaii<p><b>Best for: swimming and snorkeling</b><p>Lanikai means "heavenly sea" in Hawaiian language and this serene half-mile long …

7 Jaw-Dropping Hawaii Spots Where Time Stands Still

Ever wonder what's behind that famous "aloha spirit?" Why are people in Hawaii so darn healthy and happy all the time?<p>The local culture is a big part of it, of course, as is the natural beauty of the islands. But science has something to say about it, too. According to three different 2012 …

5 Under-The-Radar Hawaii Sites That Are As Historic As They Are Beautiful

Sure, you know about Pearl Harbor, but you probably don't realize that Hawaii's involvement in World War II extends far beyond the date that lives in infamy.<p>Nestled among the white-sand beaches, ubiquitous rainbows and hallowed surf breaks, Hawaii's WWII landmarks are as scenic as they are historic …

Swimming Pools

5 Hawaii Adventures For An Unforgettable Valentine's Day

What do you have planned for Valentine's Day? Since Valentine's Day falls on a Saturday, you've got the perfect excuse to forego that fancy restaurant and prix fixed menu for some outdoor adventure. Here are five ideas, for five different Hawaiian islands, designed with the adventurous romantic in …

Outdoors

How to Have an Almost-Free Vacation in Hawaii

Hawaii is paradise, but paradise can be expensive: A flight can be pricey, and the high cost of shipping things to the islands can lead to higher …

5 Things NOT to Do When Moving to Hawaii

Lately, I have been reading and responding to comments in a Facebook group about moving to the islands. Using the Facebook group page, the participants are encouraging each other along the path of the dream to live in Hawaii. As a five-year resident of Kona, and authoring the book, <i>How to Move to</i> …

Processed Food

Mainland Poke Invades West Third With Hawaii's Most Popular Snack

Poke is a meal on a mission. The marinated raw fish dish has been popular for years in certain circles, particularly in Hawaii, but has made it to the mainland in a big way lately. Just to name a couple of poke concepts that are new to town: Sweetfin Poke in Santa Monica, and Poke N’ Roll in …

Los Angeles

10 Foods You Absolutely Must Try In Hawaii

Picture Hawaii. It's all rainbows and waterfalls, right?<p>Of course, that stuff is great. Who doesn't love a good white sand beach with dolphins and palm trees and whatnot. But guys, we're gonna let you in on a little secret... the real joy of Hawaii is in the FOOD.<p>Below, ten things you need to feast …

Ice Cream

The 10 Best Hidden Beaches in Hawaii

Beaches

You Must Visit These 12 Hidden Gems of Hawaii

Source: Shutterstock<p>by Erin Cullum<p>paid for by OPI<p><i>We partnered with OPI on this post that shows you how to get away from the tourist traps and find the real gems of Hawaii.</i><p>Traveling to Hawaii is likely on the top of your must-do list, but the problem is, it's on everyone else's too! Since …

From Polar To Tropical, Hawaii's Big Island Has It All

Imagine if you could visit the lush rainforests of Costa Rica, the dry, hot deserts of Arizona, the green rolling hills of Ireland, and the ice caps of Mount Fuji, all in one day.<p>Hawaii Island, otherwise known as the Big Island, only takes up 4,000 square miles of the Pacific Ocean, but it is home …

Sea Level

Is Kailua Hawaii's Next Waikiki?

Uh oh, it looks like there's a fight brewing in Hawaii.<p>Kailua, a small, beachside town on the island's windward side, is increasingly becoming popular with tourists, much to the chagrin of many local residents.<p>Kailua is best known for its gorgeous white sand beaches and quaint charm. President …

Big Island (Hawaii)

Take A Dip In Hawaii's Crystal Clear Tide Pools

Mother Nature loves a good pool party. And Hawaii, with its plethora of natural tide pools, is happy to oblige.<p>The seascapes and lava rock-lined coasts of the Hawaiian islands provide the perfect conditions for the protected, rocky inlets. We've rounded up 5 of Hawaii's best spots for tide pools -- …

5 Airlines That Fly to Europe for Cheap (for Real)

No-frills carrier Ryanair made the news this year by announcing the launch of transatlantic flights starting at just $15. It's a deal that sounds much too good to be true, and indeed, that $15 price tag fails to factor in the passenger taxes ($200 or so) and other fees like luggage and seat …

European Travel

6 Obstacles Keeping You From Pursuing Your Passion (and How to Overcome Them)

You have something to say — a story to tell, emotions to stir, imaginations to captivate. But there are obstacles that stand in the way of your …

How Katie Changed Her Habits and Finally Lost the Weight

Meet POPSUGAR Select Fitness blogger Katie Dunlop of Love, Sweat, and Fitness, who started her weight-loss journey in 2012 after years of yo-yo dieting. "I would lose some pounds but gain them right back; nothing was sustainable for me," she tells us. "I was unhappy with how I looked, but more …

11 Reasons Why Travel Makes You a Happier Person

Travel is good for lots of things, but it can also increase mental well-being - and not just in the short-term. Whether you're traveling for business, on a one-week family holiday, or have sold everything to pursue a life on the road, traveling can make you a happier person by building …

Happiness

Four Habits of People Who Are Truly Happy

In this busy, self-involved world, a simple “thank you” has the ability to stop us dead in our tracks. Whether we’ve helped a co-worker with a project or simply held the door for a stranger, being thanked for a good deed makes us stand up with attention. Why? Because we perceive that simple acts of …

Happiness

12 Problems That Can Be Solved With Baby Powder

This medicine cabinet staple is handier than you think. This article originally appeared on GoodHousekeeping.com.<p>If you believe baby powder is only for keeping skin smooth and fresh, you're really underestimating its power. Try sprinkling it some on these household woes to unleash its full …

Does cardio burn fat? Are carbs bad? A closer look at fitness myths

When it comes to health advice, we’re drawn toward simple rules like “do this, not that” or “eat this, not that.” We have science and anecdotes to …

Nutrition