Hawaii's Best Spots for Beginner Surfers - Kristina D Travel

Hawaii’s Best Spots for Beginner Surfers

Surfing is synonymous with Hawaii. It was known only in Hawaii until Duke Kahanamoku brought it to the international stage in the early 1900s. And so what better place to learn to surf, than in its ancient home? You might have aspirations of riding the Bonsai pipeline, but if you’re new to the sport, check out one of […]

5 Tasty Bakeries in Honolulu - Kristina D Travel

5 Tasty Bakeries in Honolulu

Honolulu is full of restaurants, but what if you want a little treat? A donut or a cupcake… Luckily, the city has a number of amazing bakeries as well. You should definitely check out one, or all five, of these spots next time you find yourself in town. Leonard’s Bakery https://www.leonardshawaii.com | 933 Kapahulu Avenue, Honolulu, […]

The History of the Hawaiian Aloha Shirt - Kristina D Travel

The History of the Hawaiian Aloha Shirt

Today’s post is a guest post from my mentor, Lisa Chambers. In addition to being an amazing teacher and mentor, Lisa is an expert in Hawaiian travel and culture. For over half a century, the Aloha shirt has been Hawaii’s most enduring and visible greeter and ambassador. Like a flower lei, the Aloha shirt is […]

What is Kamehameha Day all about? - Kristina D Travel

Kamehameha Day in Hawaii

  Aloha mai! Greetings to all! Hawaii has been in the news a bit more than usual lately, with Pele showing us her feisty side. The island chain needs a little positivity and next Monday, June 11, will be a big up-lifter. It’s the 146th celebration of Kamehameha Day! The History of Kamehameha and his Day […]

Celebrating Dia de Muertos in the USA

6 Places to Celebrate Día de Muertos in the USA

Many American cities host Day of the Dead celebrations from places you expect, like Tucson and Los Angeles, to those you might not, like Missoula and Boston. Chicago, IL Chicago is home to one of the oldest Day of the Dead celebrations, sponsored by the National Museum of Mexican Art. The museum transforms into a […]

Celebrating Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead)

A bit about Mexico’s Día de Muertos

  By now, you’ve probably seen Disney’s newest animated hit, Coco. It was a visually beautiful film. I mean, I’m kind of excited for when I can cross that marigold bridge myself! Well, maybe not, maybe I can just visit like Miguel did… Or, I can just experience some of the fun here, top-side. Whether […]

Is traveling in Mexico safe? YES!

Safe travels in Mexico

  Is it safe to travel to Mexico? Short answer: YES! Long answer: In any country, there are areas that are less safe than others and Mexico is no different. Currently, the US State Department lists Mexico as “Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution” – the same as Spain, Germany, The Bahamas, the United Kingdom, and many […]

A Bit About Lanai

Lanai is unique among the Hawaiian islands for several reasons. First of all, there are no stoplights on the island and public transportation is run by the hotels. Ninety-nine percent of the population lives in Lana’i City. Since 2012, Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle Corporation, owns 98% of the island (the state owns the other […]

10 Beautiful European Christmas Markets

Winter in Europe is absolutely stunning. Imagine snow-capped roofs along quaint cobblestone streets. Grand, tree-lined boulevards, lit up with twinkling lights. Cozy Christmas Markets where the gluhwein flows and the smell of gingerbread lofts through the air. Here are ten of Europe’s most beautiful Christmas Markets (in no particular order), plus a bonus one! Prague, Czech […]