Fair Wind Ocean Guides on the Big Island of Hawai'i run a tip-top operation on the sleekest sailing vessels available across the island chain. Their guides are knowledgeable and personable, the gear is cutting edge and the fare delicious. You simply cannot beat the experience of snorkeling with whale sharks and dolphin at some of Hawaii's most historical locations with this outfit.
Tiki's Grill & Bar serves up one of the most quintessential Waikiki experiences, with no shortage of stress on quality. They're dedication to live Hawaiian music, fresh and local "grinds", tasty and affordable libations had us at "Aloha". And, if you must know; the concept for B on Hawaii may have been formulated at an outdoor table one sunny afternoon, the South Shore swells rolling in a few yards away...
We met the owners of Arianna Farms 'Ono Kona Coffee when they contacted us about how much B on Hawaii consistently "tells it like it is". Then we tasted their brew, and took the relationship to the next level. Unbelievable quality. Wouldn't you know it... a few months after they started advertising with B on Hawaii Arianna Farms took the Blue Ribbon at the Kona Coffee Cupping Contest in 2007. Well deserved!
Aqua Hotels and Resorts
Wes Zane's Formaggio Wine Bar and Formaggio Grill have often been called "exactly what O'ahu had been missing" for decades: Stylish locales with a verbose wine selection and eloquently crafted fare to match. Whether you're in Market City or Kailua, rest assured that there is somewhere you can go and get an excellent glass of wine in a charming ambiance.
Wildside Specialty Tours
The expert sailors and science-minded folks at Wildside Specialty Tours not only provide an unforgettable experience, but they do so in an incredibly uncrowded channel of water off West O`ahu's Waianae Coast. Crank up the Jimmy Buffet, and get ready to learn more than you thought possible about that dolphin you may in fact wind up swimming next to.
Maui Accommodations Guide approached B on Hawaii to help promote one another in parallel efforts: To draw attention to the lesser known, off-the-beaten-path places. The Guide is an insider's scoop on the best private homes, inns and townhomes for vacation rental on Maui, Lana'i and Moloka'i.
The first time you stay at Shipman House in the utterly charming Hawai'i Island town of Hilo you feel like you stumbled on to hidden treasure. The second (and third, fourth...) time you are part of the Ohana, or family. The owners of Shipman House B&B are not only fifth-generation Shipman's, but their vast knowledge of the island exceeds any guidebook on the market. A stay here is the passport to the "insider's" tour of Big Island.
When we first met Philippe Padovani, we were completely wowed by his culinary prowess. His knowledge of the food scene from island to island is superb: He truly keeps one finger on the pulse of all Hawaii haps. Yet when he paired with brother Pierre (a master chocolatier) to produce the finest chocolates hand-crafted on the islands, we were smitten. One bight of a lilikoi ganache truffle and we're pretty confident you will be too.
Although not a Hawaii-grown or based product, illy cafe is an institution in world of fine coffee. After we were privileged to experience an insider's tour of the illy factory in Trieste, Italy, we learned why. The 24-hour laboratory that employed round-the-clock expert coffee scientists was just the beginning. Seek this coffee in Hawaii—it's beyond eloquent.
World champion wind surfer. Insane kite boarder. Rippin' stand up paddleboarder. Car enthusiast. The reasons why we think Robby Naish are too many to fit in to this here paragraph. However, we will say this about one of Hawaii's most respected, homegrown watermen: He's a humble fellow that makes kick ass gear. Gear that is distributed in more than 50 countries around the world (yes, I'm talking to you, Cairo, Egypt kite boarders!). Of course, you can just ramble up to Naish's original store in Kailua, O`ahu, for all your gear needs. And don't forget to say hi to mama Naish while you're there!