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.
When I told friend I was going to eat at Hy’s Steak House for dinner, I got the same reaction:
“Man, I haven’t eaten there in years!”
Yeah, me, neither.
The steakhouse off Kuhio Avenue in Waikiki isn’t the hopping joint it may have been before. But it’s still one of the best-known steakhouses in Hawaii.
Hy’s, which opened in Waikiki about 25 years ago, was part of a Canadian-owned chain. And, to be honest, the place hasn’t changed much over the years. It’s still dark, woodsy, very masculine. Not the kind of place you’d take you gal pals for a night of Cosmos and girl talk.
I’m not a big gambler — though I’ll play blackjack, roulette and, of course, the Wheel of Fortune progressive slots — but I enjoyed wandering about the City of Lost Wages, marveling at the larger-than-life hotels and other over-the-top extravagance the desert town is known for.
But after ATA Airlines shut down, I never went back.
Apparently, a lot, as we quickly discovered last night at our Vegas planning meeting — yes, we’re getting old — at Panya Bistro. Next weekend my girlfriends and I are heading to Sin City, most of us for the first time in years. A lot has changed — I haven’t seen Encore, for example — so we’re a little lost as to what to do. No sense buying omiyage from Bath & Body Works anymore, since the chain opened up a shop in Ala Moana Center. And by now we’ve all had a Western Bacon Cheeseburger from Carl’s Jr., shopped at Express and bought PJs from Victoria’s Secret.
Born and raised on O‘ahu, Catherine Toth Fox has been chronicling her adventures in her blog, The Cat Dish for nearly a decade. She worked as a newspaper reporter in Hawai‘i for 10 years and continues to freelance — in between teaching journalism, hitting the surf and eating everything in sight — for national and local print and online publications.