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August 25, 2016

Top 10: Ways the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina Welcomes Families

The Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina is a must-visit for any family who wants to experience the best in service, dining, and activities.

Yes - I mentioned "family," because the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina really knows how to take care of all guests, even the littlest ones!

Here are my top 10 ways the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina welcomes families.

1. `Ohana Today Newsletter lets guests know exactly what is going on at the resort that families may be interested in.
2. Kids for All Seasons Room

3. Complete keiki meals for a great price (starter, entree, dessert) - kids 5 and under eat free; ages 6-12 $8; ages 13-18 $16 (bigger portions)

4. Complimentary pool and beach toys

5. Welcome amenity - DIY cookie decorating platter
6. Large suites with plenty of room for families

7. Family pool
8. Kids welcome gift - including kid-size robes and slippers to use!
9. Family Movie Night
10. Kid-friendly tableware

Find out the many more ways the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina welcomes families by clicking here.

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August 24, 2016

Manchester by the Sea - Official Trailer

In Manchester by the Sea (opens November 18, 2016), the latest film from award-winning writer and director Kenneth Lonergan, the life of a solitary Boston janitor is transformed when he returns to his hometown to take care of his teenage nephew. The story of the Chandlers, a working-class family living in a Massachusetts fishing village for generations, Manchester by the Sea is a deeply poignant, unexpectedly funny exploration of the power of familial love, community, sacrifice and hope.

After the death of his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler), Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is shocked to learn that Joe has made him sole guardian of his nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges). Taking leave of his job, Lee reluctantly returns to Manchester-by-the-Sea to care for Patrick, a spirited 15-year-old, and is forced to deal with a past that separated him from his wife Randi (Michelle Williams) and the community where he was born and raised. Bonded by the man who held their family together, Lee and Patrick struggle to adjust to a world without him.

In his first film since 2011’s acclaimed Margaret, Lonergan once again proves himself a powerful and visionary storyteller as he seamlessly weaves past and present together, crafting a tension-filled tale that deftly eschews sentimentality in favor of penetrating emotional insight and deeply affecting human relationships.
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World Class Restaurants, Upscale and Contemporary Retail Offered at International Market Place

The reimagined International Market Place is set to open tomorrow with world-class restaurants, the most coveted upscale and contemporary retailers, and the first Saks Fifth Avenue in Hawai'i.
"With its diverse dining and retail offerings, as well as its distinctive setting, International Market Place will offer an experience that can't be found anywhere on the island," said Michael Fenley, general manager, International Market Place. "We are thrilled to welcome this incredible collection of tenants to the center, with more great names to follow in the coming weeks and months."
The International Market Place retail and restaurant lineup includes the following. A single asterisk (*) before the name indicates brands that are unique to the island.

ABC Stores
Abercrombie & Fitch
Banana Republic
Brunello Cucinelli
*Capital Teas
Chapel Hats
*Christian Louboutin
Crazy Shirts
Flip Flop Shops
FootAction USA
*Free People
GNC Live Well
Godiva Belgium 1926
Greenroom Hawaii
*Hanna Andersson
*Herve Leger
Hilton Grand Vacations (kiosk)
Honolulu Cookie Co.
Island Art & Sole
*Jo Malone
*Kona Coffee Purveyors
Lani Beach by Mireille
L'Occitane en Provence
LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics
Maui Divers Jewelry
Michael Kors
*Mitsuwa Marketplace
*Oliver Peoples
*Robin's Jean
*Saks Fifth Avenue
Sand People
*Seafolly Australia
Shoe Palace
*Stuart Weitzman
Sunglass Hut
Tabora Gallery
*Trina Turk
Vera Bradley
*Eating House 1849 by Roy Yamaguchi
*Flour & Barley
Goma Tei Ramen
*Kona Grill
*The STREET, A Michael Mina Social House
In addition to the stellar shopping and dining, guests can enjoy a free show each evening called "O Nā Lani Sunset Stories" that kicks off with a ceremonial lighting of the Lamaku Torch Tower that sits proudly on Kalākaua Ave. Honoring the beloved Queen Emma, the nightly show highlights stories, traditions and culture of this special gathering place.
Located in the heart of Waikīkī, Oahu's newest shopping, dining and entertainment destination was developed by Taubman and CoastWood Capital Group in conjunction with Queen Emma Land Company.
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DeBartolo Development Announces New Restaurants and Specialty Food Tenants Coming to Ka Makana Ali`i

DeBartolo Development announced today the latest round of restaurants and specialty food tenants to join Ka Makana Ali`i, the 1.4 million-square-foot regional mall currently under construction in West Oahu and scheduled to make its debut this fall.

Known internationally for its delicious Korean fried chicken and Asian fusion fare, Bonchon will be opening its first Hawaii location at Ka Makana Ali`i. The popular Korean chain prides itself on perfecting the recipe for Korean fried chicken – one of the country’s favorite comfort foods – and sharing it with the world.

Sura Hawaii is previously known as 678 Hawaii with its main restaurant located across the Hawaii Convention Center. Voted one of the top Korean BBQ restaurants in America by Tabelog, Sura Hawaii will be serving its fresh grilled meats and vegetables, as well as delicious soups and bibimbap.

Also coming to Ka Makana Ali`i is Filipino fast-food chain Jollibee, which will offer its popular burgers, fried chicken, spaghetti, and other customer favorites.

Local favorite Diamond Head Cove Health Bar is expanding to West Oahu with a new store called Da Cove. Like the company’s original location on Monsarrat Avenue, Da Cove will feature acai bowls, smoothies, juices, wraps, salads, kava, and live music on select dates.

Magnolia Ice Cream is bringing the flavors of the South Pacific to Ka Makana Ali`i and will offer frozen desserts and its trademark tropical ice cream.

Also expanding to Kapolei are Infinitea, Papa John’s Pizza, and Yummy Korean BBQ.

“Our restaurants and specialty food tenants will bring a collection of diverse tastes to West Oahu, and ensure Ka Makana Ali`i’s Food Market will be a great place where shoppers can dine in or grab something on the go,” said Edward Kobel, President and Chief Operating Officer of DeBartolo Development.

Ka Makana Ali`i will be the first shopping center built on Oahu in more than three decades and the only regional mall being developed in West Oahu with department and specialty stores. Confirmed tenants include anchor Macy’s, H&M, Forever 21, Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, Old Navy, Skechers, Foot Locker, Kay Jewelers, 24 Hour Fitness, Hoala Salon and Spa, Applebee’s, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, California Pizza Kitchen, Luibueno’s, AT&T, Zales, Zumies, Rix Island Wear, Town & Country Surf Designs, Famous Footwear, PetSmart, Reyn Spooner, Plus Interiors, Nagoya Ramen, Kickin Kajun, Koa Pancake House, Wendy’s, L&L Hawaiian Barbeque, Panda Express, Subway, Auntie Anne’s, Cinnabon, a state-of-the-art Consolidated Theatres, and Hawaii’s first Hampton Inn & Suites
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Bozu Japanese Restaurant

Bozu Japanese Restaurant is a new izakaya located on the second floor of McCully Shopping Center.  I've heard many great reviews and so suggested it for dinner when my friend said she was up for sushi. 

We were able to get a dinner reservation at the sushi counter which is my favorite.  It's fun to watch the sushi chefs in action.  The extensive menu is a little overwhelming, but what's nice about an izakaya is that you can order a couple of dishes at a time.  We ended up having stellar bay oysters, yam and uni beef roll, negi toro, salmon nigiri, and the Bozu special roll. 

Everything was delicious and fresh.  The standouts were the yam and uni beef roll and the Bozu roll.  I'm not a fan of mountain yam, but I loved the uni and beef with the shiso leaf.  The Bozu roll, which pretty much had a little bit of everything, was my favorite. 

The restaurant is open nightly from 5pm to 12am and closed on Sundays.

Bozu Japanese Restauant
(808) 955-7779

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Cheesecake Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

These Cheesecake Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars were amazing. This recipe for Cheesecake Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars from Heat Oven to 350 recipe is slightly different from these Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars, as this recipe asks for cider vinegar (the original also asks for butter-flavored shortening, but I just used all butter instead).

It was super good, but next time I think I'll use my own chocolate chip cookie recipe since it uses a little less sugar.

But OMG - if you love chocolate chip cookies and cheesecake, try this dessert - it is DELICIOUS!!!

Happy baking!

Cheesecake Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars (recipe credit Heat Oven to 350)

  • 1 c butter
  • 1 c brown sugar 
  • 1/2 c granulated sugar 
  • 2 t vanilla extract 
  • 3/4 t salt 
  • 1 T cider vinegar
  • 1 large egg 
  • 1 t  baking soda 
  • 2 c all purpose flour 
  • 2 c chocolate chips 
  • 1 8oz pkg cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 c sugar 
  • 1 egg 
  • 1/2 t  vanilla extract 
  • Make the cookie dough by creaming together the butter, sugars, vanilla, vinegar, and salt.  
  • Mix in the egg, baking soda, flour, and chocolate chips. 
  • In a separate medium bowl mix together the cream cheese, sugar, egg, and vanilla.
  • In bottom of a 9x13 prepared pan, spread half of the cookie dough mixture.
  • Pour the cream cheese mixture on top of the cookie dough, and top with remaining cookie dough. 
  • Bake at 350 Fahrenheit for 35-45 minutes. 
  • Cool completely and store in the refrigerator. 

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WW: Duke Kahanamoku Statue

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