Long Live Queen Kapiolani Hotel

In the late 1800s, Hawaiians developed a fondness and admiration for their Queen Kapiolani. They appreciated her deep commitment to health, education, and well-being for the Hawaiian people. Her motto “Strive for the Highest” helped establish the Kapiolani Home for Girls and the Kapiolani Maternity Home, with her lasting legacy The Kapiolani Medical Center for…

Delphine’s updated menu delights the pre-theatre crowd

Before seeing the musical Waitress at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre, my husband and I enjoyed a pre-theatre dinner at Delphine Eatery and Bar. There is a new Executive Chef Charles Lacad, and we were intrigued to experience some of his new menu items. Arriving early, the dining room was filling up with W Hotel guests,…

Princess Cruises Debuts a new Cocktail & Beverage Experience

When I learned Princess Cruises collaborated with actor, television personality and master mixologist Rob Floyd, to elevate the ships cocktail and beverage menus, I was so happy for this union. I’ve cruised on four Princess Cruises ships and have always enjoyed unpacking once while visiting multiple ports in Mexico, Alaska and the Caribbean. It’s one of the…

10 Fun Facts about the upcoming Guadalupe Valley Wine, Food & Music Festival

Just outside Ensenada Mexico is the wine region Guadalupe Valley. This area is about a two hour drive from San Diego in Baja California. On Saturday, September 15 the village is transformed into the third annual Guadalupe Valley Wine, Food & Music Festival. I attended a preview night at Executive Chef Louis Tikaram’s E.P. & L.P. in West Hollywood, and…

YAPPY Hour at the Westin Mission Hills

As the sun sets at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa, guests bring their dogs out of their dog-friendly guest rooms and walk along the paved and grassy golf course paths, to socialize with other guests during “Yappy Hour.” The Westin Mission Hills is an upscale dog-friendly resort that caters to canine guests…

Luxurious Laniwai Spa at the Aulani Resort, A Disney Resort & Spa

Recently I met Lucia Rodriguez Amasio, the Laniwai Spa Director at the Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa for a tour of her 23,000-square-foot luxurious spa. As she greeted me in the lobby, I learned Laniwai in Hawaiian means freshwater heaven. The backsplash at the reception counter is wavy and white with a hue of…

Hawaiian Wedding at the Four Seasons Oahu in Ko Olina

Finishing up lunch with Yvonne Hunter, the Director of Public Relations at the Four Seasons Oahu Ko Olina Resort, she took me on a tour of the newer resort. Almost three years ago the JW Marriott Ihilani (built in 1998), became the Four Seasons Oahu. Set among green lawns and a dramatic coastline with the…

Hershey Felder Unveils Beethoven at The Wallis

My review was featured in OnStage Blog – http://www.onstageblog.com/reviews/2018/7/30/review-hershey-felder-unveils-beethoven. At the age of nine while attempting to play one of Beethoven’s most recognized and beloved piece’s Fur Elise, Hershey Felder developed an interest in one of the world’s greatest composers.  Not only is Felder a brilliant actor, concert pianist, storyteller, he also is a historian. Right…

BOLD Summer in Beverly Hills

Summer brings more daylight to spend outside and enjoy the city of Beverly Hills. BOLD, which stands for Beverly Hills Open Later Days, begins Aug. 2 with a kickoff on Rodeo Drive from 5 to 9 p.m. BOLD continues every Thursday, Friday and Saturday through Aug. 25. Shop the summer nights featuring live entertainment, special…