Meet Jack at the Surf Jack Hotel Waikiki

Meet Jack at the Surf Jack Hotel Waikiki

By Eileen Ogintz Do you miss your pooch on vacation? Jack is happy to step in. He’s the hotel dog at the boutique SurfJack and Swim Club Hotel in Waikiki, named to Yelp’s list of 100 top 2022 USA hotels. He has his own Instagram account @jackthehoteldog. “It’s a fun...
Halloween’s coming. Get your costumes ready — now!

Halloween’s coming. Get your costumes ready — now!

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Got your Halloween costumes ready? Sure there’s more than a month to Halloween but you can start celebrating now whether you want to stay in haunted digs, get scared out of your wits at a theme park (there are plenty of...
Turtles and more on Hawaii’s North Shore

Turtles and more on Hawaii’s North Shore

By Eileen Ogintz They were oblivious to the paparazzi, alternately splashing in the water and sunning on the rocks as adults and kids alike gathered around snapping photos. Welcome to Turtle Beach on the north shore of Oahu. Laniakea Beach so nicknamed because of the...
Ollie the Collie Takes the Big Apple

Ollie the Collie Takes the Big Apple

To Protect Her Humans and Celebrate her Moms Birthday By Ollie the Collie, Senior Canine Correspondent, Taking the Kids “Get in guys, we’re going on an adventure!” Ok I wasn’t driving, but I wanted to try, and they say you miss all the shots you don’t take right? So,...
Family Travel Doesn’t Mean Always Taking the Kids

Family Travel Doesn’t Mean Always Taking the Kids

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency The friendly, English-speaking bus driver on the Greek island of Patmos points us toward a local beach taverna where we eat with our toes in the sand. The Wind Star as night falls over Monemvasia, Greece I checked another...
Truly welcoming to kids: Four Seasons Ko Olina on Oahu

Truly welcoming to kids: Four Seasons Ko Olina on Oahu

By Eileen Ogintz It’s easy to talk the talk. Not necessarily easy to walk the walk—when it comes to truly welcoming kids. Luckily for families who can afford The Four Seasons Oahu Ko Olina about a half hour north of Honolulu and the crowds in Waikiki, the resort more...
Beauty and fun at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort

Beauty and fun at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort

By Eileen Ogintz Lei making, hula lesson jumping in the big waves or racing down a water slide? “I love the big waves,” says Zeke Smith, 7. “And shave ice.” Shave ice, for the uninitiated, is the quintessential Hawaiian treat, with a mound of chopped ice covered with...
Checking out the food scene on Kauai

Checking out the food scene on Kauai

By Eileen Ogintz Taro Burger anyone? With a kombucha chaser? We’ve signed on for a Tasting Kauai food tour in the tiny North Shore town of Kilauea. Kilauea is about a half hour drive from where we are staying at the idyllic Hanalei Colony Resort, where our condo unit...
Taking the kids to a fall festival

Taking the kids to a fall festival

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Trailing sheep, mating elk, or maybe tarantulas? They are the subjects of popular fall festivals, along with apples, pumpkins, cranberries, brats and beer, pirates, starry skies and even covered bridges. Fall festivals are back...
At the literal end-of-the-road on Kauai HI

At the literal end-of-the-road on Kauai HI

By Eileen Ogintz We’re nearly at the end of the road—literally. The Hanalei Colony Resort on Kauai’s pristine North Shore is past the quirky town of Hanalei with its mix of surf shops, shave ice stands, galleries and restaurants like Bar Arcuda that require...