Returning to Tokyo after 60 years revives old childhood memories

Returning to Tokyo after 60 years revives old childhood memories

(Originally posted in August 2015} By Andy Yemma TOYKO (August 2015) – August, the hot month. Seventy years ago this month the world’s worst war ended, 66 years ago I was born and 60 years ago my father, a U.S. Air Force officer, moved his growing family to Japan for...
Exploring local cuisine in a new way with the kids

Exploring local cuisine in a new way with the kids

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency The next time your family is bickering about where and what to eat on vacation, suggest a progressive dinner. And keep your walking shoes on. I know, you think progressive dinners mean forays in the neighborhood, one house for...
Traveling smart during hurricane season

Traveling smart during hurricane season

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency I feel your pain. I know what it’s like when weather derails your plans. Nearly 10 years ago, I was in Orlando when Tropical Storm Andrea messed up our theme and water park plans. But that was nothing like Category 4 Hurricane...
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...