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May 5, 2008

Almost Famous Some quick experiences are indisputably unsatisfying (just think about it), but most events that last just a few minutes are undeniably good—like short commutes or five-minute ab workouts. But bad or good, who turns down three seconds of fame, even the kind you can only brag about to friends?

Former windsurfing photographer Cynthia Thompson’s Studio Surf Shots helps you achieve that fame by transforming you into a big wave surfer.

Visit her Haleiwa studio so she can snap a professional photo of you in the correct position, then she’ll Photoshop your best shot into a picture of a big... Read more »

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May 5, 2008

Speaking in Tongues

You’re pretty clever. You toss out aloha, mahalo, and pau hana with ease. But just when you think you’re on it, someone asks: “Pehea oe?” And you have to respond, pehea what? Maybe it’s time you learned a little more Hawaiian than the average visitor. After all, it’s the state’s second official language, and uh…you live here.

Hawaiian language teacher Kaliko Beamer-Trapp, the adopted son of Auntie Nona Beamer, teamed up with the Instant Immersion language series to create an eight-disc Hawaiian audio course.... Read more »

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May 5, 2008

Shut-Eye on the Red-Eye

Los Angeles : 5 hours. Las Vegas : 6 hours. Sydney : 11 bone-crunching hours.

Getting on a plane might be the one time Lucky You Live Hawaii doesn’t hold.  

Cramped in coach, your chances of catching any z’s are limited. Even with an around-the-neck pillow or a three-drink nightcap and a sleeping pill, you arrive knowing exactly why they call it a red-eye. 

Here are three plane props to help next time you have to fly by night.

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May 5, 2008

Trash Talking

You’re trying to be more eco-aware. You’ve got a very cool reusable grocery bag, and you’re eating organic.

But those bottles and cans and newspapers? Admit it: you have better things to do on weekends than stand in line at the HI-5 redemption center.

And who knows when the city’s curbside... Read more »

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May 5, 2008

Check Magnet

When it comes to giving back, somehow you always say yes.

Help organize that fundraiser? Absolutely.
Pitch in on volunteer day?  Done.
Write a check for a worthy cause? No problem.

Here’s another easy yes for you: Ever feel like all the volunteering and donating seems more like a chore than the significant and meaningful contribution you intended it to be?


 You could pare down your commitments to a couple hours a month, and still help more than 10 different worthy charities each year.

Just join the new Honolulu chapter of... Read more »

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May 5, 2008

Answering Machine

As a kid, when you wanted the answer, you asked mom or dad. Now, you search Google. But Google has its shortcomings. You aren’t always at a computer. Your answer could be on page 8 of the results. The power or Internet could be down – like on Wednesday.

Sometimes it’s faster just to ask someone who knows – if you knew who that was.

Now you do. Text any question to and get a message back in just minutes with an answer from a real person. Based in San Francisco, Mosio is sort of like searching Google via texting. Your questions are answered by Mosio... Read more »

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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