Holoholo Weekly: Ellen DeGeneres, Sacred Falls, Haiku Stairs, and Mochi Ice Cream

Holoholo Weekly is a compilation of stories and tidbits that we’ve collected from around the web. It’s like a weekly mystery grab bag of Hawaii related goodness, featuring different articles of interest, fun images, videos, products, deals, downloads, and more.

This week’s pick of the week is this clip from yesterday’s Ellen DeGeneres Show featuring 6-year-old Noah Ritter (he’s a regular show guest). She sent her favorite kid to Hawaii so that he could have a wonderful vacation with his Grandpa Jack, “but mostly so he could come and hula.”

According to this Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index report, Hawaii is ranked #2 in terms of “Highest Well-Being.” Alaska earned the #1 spot.

Those of you traveling to Hawaii, consider this post from Jaunted on The 4 Travel Photos Everyone Should Avoid Instagramming.

Honouliuli is expected to be named a national monument, along with the Pullman neighborhood in Chicago and Browns Canyon National Monument in Colorado.


Kelly Slater, John John Florence, and Jack Johnson Tear Apart Huge Haleiwa. Cool.

Hawaii Magazine asked their Facebook fans: “What’s your favorite Hawaii kayaking spot?” These are their readers’ Top 5 picks. I’ve done 3 of the 5, and have to say, good choices!

#1 Wailua River
#2 Kailua Bay & Lanikai
#3 Hanalei River & Hanalei Bay
#4 Napali Coast
#5 Kaneohe Bay

Neat post from Landess Kearns on the ruins of Maui’s abandoned King’s Highway.

Elite Traveler says that these are the best restaurants in Honolulu. I would have made a few changes, but for the most part, pretty good choices.

Conde Nast Traveler included the Hotel Wailea as one of the 16 Most Romantic Places to Stay in the World.

Hotel Wailea/Pool Area

Sacred Falls was in the news this week because Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources is stepping up its social media efforts to help combat trespassers.

KHON2 News (Fox Affiliate): DLNR takes campaign against Sacred Falls trespassers online. Keep an eye for Jai Cunningham, as he pops up his iPhone to the camera (around the 1 minute mark). You’ll notice a familiar website.

Hawaii News Now: DLNR releases video on consequences of entering off-limits Sacred Falls

KITV (ABC Affiliate): DLNR launches Sacred Falls campaign to warn of dangers. The KITV4 piece featured Exploration: Hawaii extensively.

Here’s an Associated Press piece in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that quotes me.

Haiku Stairs also made headlines this week, primarily because a portion of the stairs were destroyed from a landslide. The Board of Water Supply is offering to give away the Haiku Stairs.

KHON2: Haiku Stairs damaged by landslide, may never reopen

KHON2: Group willing to care for Haiku Stairs with government backing

Hawaii News Now: BWS warn hikers to stay away from Haiku Stairs

Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL

KITV4: BWS offers to give away Haiku Stairs property

This is the photo that started the discussion:

Haiku Stairs damage, 2015

Hungry Much?

​Ed Kenney (Town), Michelle Karr-Ueoka (MW Restaurant), and Andrew Le (The Pig & The Lady) are semifinalists for 2015 James Beard awards.

Ever wondered how to make mochi ice cream? Here you go. You’re welcome.


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