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Lahaina Galleries Opens At The Shops At Mauna Lani, Big Island

Lahaina Galleries will celebrate the opening of their sixth location this weekend, with a newly constructed space at The Shops at Mauna Lani on the Big Island. Owners Jim and Nancy Killett, who opened the first Lahaina Gallery 30 years ago, now own and operate branches in Bend, Oregon; Newport Beach, California; San Francisco; The Shops at Wailea and Lahaina. With over a 100 employees, the Killett's represent 30 artists, selling limited edition prints, original paintings and sculptures. Prices range from $500 to a million dollars per item.

Norio's Sushi Bar & Restaurant Reels In More Than Fresh Island Fish

It's been almost a year now that we've been looking for an excuse to write about Norio's Sushi Bar & Restaurant at the Fairmont Orchid, on Hawaii's Big Island. And now--he's given it to us. A new custom-made bar was installed, giving more counter space for those to sit near the omnipotent god of all things sushi--and watch his masterful ways.

Chef Adam Hightower Steals The Spotlight

Talks About Rules, The Perks Of Big Hotel Cooking And Secret Ingredients

Chef Adam Hightower arrived in Honolulu less than a year ago as chef du tournant for the Hilton Hawaiian Village–one of the only culinary positions that could possibly offer him even less sleep than his previous gig at the Ritz-Carlton, Naples–the brand's flagship hotel.

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Fair Wind's Hula Kai Sailing Catamaran: The Big Island's Hot New Excursion Vessel

Last November we were one of the first media outlets allowed on board the Big Island's newest sailing catamaran, the Hula Kai, owned and operated by Fair Wind Ocean Guides. The Hula Kai offers something no other excursion vessel can; the 55-foot Teknicraft catamaran uses hydrofoil technology, allowing for faster, smoother rides. Hence, allowing passengers can visit coves, caves and coastline that other Kona-based sailing excursions simply cannot get to.

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Mesa Chairman Says Go! Launch This June Will Turn A Profit, $39 Fares Included

Approximately once a year a few venture capitalists, clad in freshly creased Aloha shirts, emerge on to the Hawaii scene with claims of launching new inter-island air service, thus undercutting the existing majors. From hence forward, that ever-so-familiar phrase, "I remember when it was, like, $50 round-trip to fly outer island..." would cease to be uttered.

And like a Kona wind in late August--they are gone.

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