Friday, April 29, 2011

Royal Wedding preparations.

Every Royal Wedding watcher should have an extra box of tissue on hand for the union of the century. Remember, it's uncouth to share.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

No, you wear them.

I'll never know what this art installation was about unless somebody tells me. I was afraid of catching ear wax.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Look what I found on my airplane pillow.

I must admit this is the worst find to date. I would never even sit on an airplane pillow, let alone rest my head on one. I've seen pillows tossed on the floor. Stepped on. Sneezed on. And I know they are not replaced in between flights.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Classy Cabin.

Why oh why do people feel the need to put their feet where arms belong? Just another reason to wipe down your armrest. Those shoes did make a few trips to the on board washroom where men do not always hit their mark.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter Matcha.

Contains up to 137 times more of the really good for you EGCG antioxidant than steeped green tea and comes with a bunny. Only at Easter. The bunny. Not the Matcha.

Friday, April 22, 2011

More Schrager.

The sarongs are an interesting amenity in the ocean front suite at the Waikiki Edition. They are for guest use while staying here. The same rule applies to sarongs as is does to hotel bathrobes -- if you try to make off with one you will be forced to eat a Hawaiian Spam sandwich. I made that up. The sarongs are laundered between guest use. I did not make that up.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Ian Schrager's Hawaii.

You are unlikely to find this photograph in the promotional material for Ian Schrager's newest venture in partnership with Marriott -- the Waikiki Edition. So allow me to rave. The tiles and grout in the shower of this ocean front suite are Hygiene Hunter approved. As is the rest of the hotel.Of course it helps that the hotel is just over six months old. I'm keeping my rubber-gloved fingers crossed that guests treat this master renovation project with the respect it deserves.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A Halekulani fundraiser For Japan.

This Thursday, the weather alone cannot take credit for the warm feeling you'll experience in Honolulu. For a donation of $95, the Halekulani will treat you to some of the best food on Oahu by three of the island's star chefs. (The evening's menu includes the Halekulani's deservedly famous coconut cake.) The For Japan fundraiser, organized by the hotel, is viewed as a sign of solidarity with a country near and dear to the people of Hawaii. One hundred percent of proceeds from this event will go to the statewide initiative "Aloha for Japan". The event runs from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Hygiene sells in Hawaii.

I wonder if they named this store in my honour? I have never come across a Hygienic Store before let alone one masquerading as a convenience store.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Seduced by the view.

With a view like this of the Pacific Ocean from my bed at the Halekulani I have no incentive to hunt. Perhaps one of the many birds dropping by my lanai can feed me worms in bed.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Local pH.

If you are going to drink bottled water please make it local. This water boasts of perfect alkalinity. Just another reason we should all move to Hawaii.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

On patrol at the Pali Lookout.

I think it's this dude's job to keep Oahu tidy. You can do your part over yonder*.

*This expression should only ever be used when there is a rooster in your presence.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Delicious plastic.

Two ingredients made my Kale Shake perfect at the Halekulani. 1: Hawaiian apple bananas. 2: Plastic wrap. Surprisingly, not every hotel consistently delivers room service items properly protected. The Kale Shake is an ideal breakfast at home and when traveling because it's filled with nutrients. Here's to your health. Two cups of organic kale. Two organic bananas. One cup purified water. Puree. A Vita-Mix is the ideal blender.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

One more time for the camera.

Not only does Halekulani employee Aga embody the true aloha spirit of the Hawaiian Islands, he also knows the importance of presenting a straw with the paper wrap in place.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Perfect conditions at Lanikai Beach.

No Lifeguard. No facilities. No fresh water. This combination makes the exceptionally beautiful Lanikai Beach on Oahu less attractive to people. Making this beach one of cleanest on the island. You know where to find me.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Clean all over at the Halekulani.

As the Halekulani Hotel is under Japanese ownership it is befitting that even one's privates receive extra special attention.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Poolside thoughts at the Halekulani.

I often get asked what it's like to be me. Well let's go on a 'Tour of my Mind' at the Halekulani's immaculate fresh water swimming pool to find out. I see a beautiful mosaic orchid in the water. I see a person swimming towards the beautiful mosaic orchid in the water. The end. Really. This is the hang loose island isn't it? If this, on the other hand, were a swim-up pool bar I would have significantly more thoughts starting with the colour changing ability of the water. It's so much fun being me:)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Bed before Mai Tai.

This is what my bed looked like a few minutes after I checked into my ocean view room at the Halekulani. Sadly for my husband not due to amour.

What I continue to value most in a hotel room is pristine bedding right down to the mattress. Not a spot, spec or even a loose thread was found. And my pillows were deliciously new. Thank you Halekulani housekeeping team for your attention to detail. In return, I do my part by being a respectful guest and not causing a mess.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A Halekulani Welcome.

Nothing says, "Welcome to our Honolulu hotel" like papaya wrapped in plastic, particularly when you're the Hygiene Hunter. Unless of course it's Steve McGarrett in gift wrap.

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Halekulani prepares.

It looks like a little bird has told the Halekulani Hotel in Honolulu that the Hygiene Hunter is coming for a visit. This looks like about a six day supply of tissue for the HH;) That's the Hunter; not the hotel.

Friday, April 1, 2011

You drop. They swoop.

And yet they still manage to keep their waistline. Oh, the French!