#VegasGirls: Turned around

By September 22, 2011 #CatTravels


After three hours in the air, we’re back in Honolulu.

Plane problems. No help with connecting flights. Vegas on hold for now.

It would be great if someone from Continental Airlines would say something, help or — better yet — give us food vouchers or something.

I’ll keep you updated.

Too bad HNL doesn’t have slot machines…

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#VegasGirls: Move, please!

By September 21, 2011 #CatTravels


We haven’t left Honolulu yet and I was already asked to change seats — twice.

First, a couple wanted to sit together. So the customer service representative for Continental Airlines looked for seemingly single travelers. Like me. I was asked to move to an aisle seat — away from one of the girlfriends I was traveling to Las Vegas with — and I said OK. Aisle to another aide seat — that sounded reasonable.

But as I sat in my newly assigned seat, an older man asked if I could move to a middle seat because his wife is afraid of flying. They obviously weren’t sitting together.

“She might get sick,” he said.

When was this my problem?

So I moved, reluctantly, without so much as a sincere thank you.

The Universe better repay me in Vegas.

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Cat Chat: Treat your dogs

By September 21, 2011 The Dog Dish, Videos

Confession: I don’t brush my dogs’ teeth.

I don’t. I know. And that’s bad.

Apparently, about 80 percent of dogs suffer from periodontal disease by the age of 3. And not brushing teeth doesn’t help.

Luckily, there are dental chews that help.

My favorite is GumBone, a uniquely shaped dental chew that developed entirely in Hawaii.

We chatted with GumBone’s Dave Pang to see how this product came to be — and how much Indy loves it:

Special thanks Sean Nakamura (@seanakamura) for shooting this video

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Day Tripping: Big Island

By September 20, 2011 #CatTravels

People always ask me, “What’s your favorite island to visit?”

It’s a tough call — and it always depends.

If I’m looking for a relaxing weekend of doing nothing, I’d opt for Kauai. If I want to eat — and I mean eat — I’d go with Maui.

But if I wanted a mix of things to do — from hiking to lounging to eating massive plate lunches — there’s no island better than the Big Island.

Since my mom and boyfriend are both from Kailua-Kona, I’ve visited that side of the island more often. But the sleepy town of Hilo on Hawaii’s east side is one of my favorite towns. It’s quiet and rainy with some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet.

I was there this weekend, touring the island — appropriately nicknamed “big” since it’s nearly twice the size of all the other Hawaiian Islands combined — from Hilo to Waimea to Kona.

Here’s what those 48 hours looked like, minus the food. That’s for tomorrow’s blog!

Old Hilo Town

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We arrived in Hilo, the county seat of Hawaii, to blue skies and balmy weather. This is usually the wettest side of the island, but we lucked out!

Check out videos of my travels at Hawaii’s Official Tourism Site, go to Arts & Culture and view blog videos.

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On The Road: Hilo Farmer’s Market

By September 18, 2011 #CatTravels

As soon as we got off the plane in Hilo, we headed straight to the Hilo Farmer’s Market, a must-stop destination on your next visit to the east side of the Big Island.

Though the market is open daily — on the corner of Mamo Street and Kamehameha Avenue in downtown Hilo — the days to go are Wednesdays and Saturdays, when more than 200 vendors on three corners show up, selling everything from Big Island coffee, locally grown produce, honey, crafts, jams, prepared foods and tropical flowers.

Here’s a peek inside:

Hilo Farmer's Market

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This open market started in 1988 and has grown to include more than 200 vendors.

Hilo Farmer’s Market, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Phone: (808) 933-1000

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