About Malia Y
Lives in honolulu, HI
Since Apr 2010
35-49 year old female
I've travelled through 38 countries on six continents, but Hawaii will always be home. I was born and raised on Maui, so you'll often find me shopping at the farmers market there or scoping out the latest Honolulu restaurant or bar opening. When I travel, I'm always up for a food mission - whether seeking out a snake dinner in Hanoi, a swanky closed door asado dinner in Buenos Aires, or the perfect roast chicken in Paris. I love to find out where the locals go for the best anticuchos in Cusco, the best cocktails in Portland, or the spiciest curry in Chiang Mai. Learning about people and cultures through sharing a meal is my favorite way to experience the world. I try to travel slowly to really get a feel for things to do and see beyond the tradition touristic sights. I recently spent five months in South America doing just that. Whether I'm at home in Hawaii or tasting my way through the world one salty-sweet adventure at a time, you can follow along at www.ShoyuSugar.com.
Government Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Flea & Street Markets, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Reefs, Beaches
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Historic Sites, Monuments & Statues, History Museums, Military Bases & Facilities
Hiking Trails, Historic Walking Areas
One of my favorite ways to celebrate the holiday season is by visiting Honolulu City Lights on the grounds of Honolulu Hale. Each year, festivities kick off with a parade and a beautiful tree lighting ceremony in early December. Plus, every evening until early January, you can enjoy the life-sized Christmas cards and lights strung up around the grounds, or take in the festivities from one of the famous trolleys that loop around the downtown area, playing carols as they go.
The Blaisdell Center is a great shopping spot during the holiday season, hosting two of the largest Christmas Craft fairs, where you can find a huge number of locally made gifts and souvenirs under one roof.
Each year on the Friday after Thanksgiving, the Waikiki Holiday Parade takes place on Kalakaua Avenue, complete with marching bands from all over the country, colorful floral floats, hula dancing, and live Hawaiian music.
Where else in the world can you watch Santa make his grand entrance by canoe? In Waikiki, you've got two chances to catch him in action each year. In mid-December, he pops up in front of Outrigger Waikiki, and on Christmas Eve, you can see him surfing into the beach at Halekulani Hotel. Plus, with iconic Diamond Head in the background, you can still enjoy a white — well, sand at least — Christmas.
Winter is big wave season on Oahu's north shore and Pipeline is one of the best spots to watch the legends in action. Popular events like the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing are held each year here, and some, like the Quicksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau are only held if waves reach a minimum face height of 40 ft!
Winter is the best time for a cruise in Hawaii because it coincides with the annual humpback whale migration! Star of Honolulu offers multiple daily departures for whale watching cruises (some with a guarantee of a repeat cruise if no whale is spotted!) and a variety of evening packages as well. Trained naturalists are aboard to help point out whale sightings and to inform passengers about whale behavior and history.
For a unique holiday photo opportunity, stop by the entrance and lobby of the Sheraton Waikiki, where professional sand sculptors create Christmas-themed displays for guests and visitors to enjoy each holiday season. Past sculptures have included Santa with his surfboard and aloha shirt or driving in a retro convertible full of presents!
December is a bittersweet time to visit Pearl Harbor as you will find many annual events around this time to commemorate the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. It's one of the most popular attractions in Oahu, but a visit is especially meaningful this time of year.
On New Year's Eve, the 'Party of the Year' is held at Kakaako Waterfront Park. It's a great outdoor venue with tons of excitement for all ages to enjoy, including a Ferris wheel and games, multiple concert stages, and an Eat the Street food truck rally. Fireworks shows are held every hour from 9pm until the grand finale at midnight too.
Winter is humpback whale season in Hawaii, and a great place to view them (if you are not keen on joining a whale-watching cruise) is from the Makapuu Lighthouse Trail. Only 1.4 miles long and paved, this hike is not too difficult and affords beautiful views over the eastern coast of the island. Informational signage is provided along the way to teach you a bit about the annual humpback migration too.