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The Kam family travels to Las Vegas this week to witness the marriage of our cousin Grant and his fiance Morgan. Since that doesn’t happen until Tuesday, we decided to fly in a few days early with other family members to hang out, relax, gamble, eat, drink, and be merry.

It’s our first mainland family vacation with Ensen and Avery and so far everything is off to a great start. Kids slept nearly the entire way on our Hawaiian Airlines redeye flight. And since arriving, it’s been go, go, go. Breakfast at Hash House A Go Go (ridiculous sized portions of good tasting food), In-N-Out Burger, visited Las Vegas Premium Outlets (took advantage of some great deals to buy some clothes), Mariana’s Supermarkets (holy incredible chicarrons here), and Trader Joe’s.

But there’s plenty more to do with the kids and Ensen is excited to explore. Thanks to my friend Nancy Syzdek to bloggs for TheSavvySource.com, we now have a ton of things to see/do on our list. We’re hoping to do at least a few of these things before we head home.

I’ll be blogging more about our family experiences in Sin City when I get back home. But for now, you’re welcome to follow along on our journey (if you care to do so) via the awesomeness of social networking.

  • Wondering which places were visiting? Check out my FourSquare and/or Gowalla accounts. I’m checking in as much as I can and leaving tips.
  • Curious where we’re eating? Foodspotting to the rescue. I’m documenting our eating adventures there.
  • And if we’re friends on Facebook, I’ll be posting photos daily in my “Lost Wages” album.

Hoping this is the trip we hit the big one. But regardless, we’ll have tons of family memories to bring back, and that’s really all that matters.

-NGK

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A popular spot for visitors on Oahu is Kualoa Ranch where the hit ABC show "LOST" is filmed.

A popular spot for visitors traveling to Hawaii is Kualoa Ranch on Oahu where the hit ABC show “LOST” is filmed.

Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you’re probably aware that traveling to your favorite vacation destination is now more affordable (and probably cheaper) than ever.  Airlines, hotels, activities, and attractions are bringing down rates and adding value in an effort to entice visitors to get off the sofa and travel in this  challenging economy. Those with the means (or attitude) to kick the “recession” in the behind and continue with their vacations to places like Florida, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York know what I’m talking about. And Hawaii is no exception!

Despite being a dream destination for many, Hawaii’s perception as an expensive vacation spot has likely kept some from coming. While I think terms like “expensive” and “cheap” are all relative, one thing is certain. Those who are planning a Hawaii vacation today are realizing they can have their cake and eat it too. You don’t have to sacrifice quality of the experience for price. Hawaii is offering both.

A good example of this was highlighted in an Associated Press story headlined “Hawaii hotels offer great (and bizarre) deals” examining some of the creative ways the tourism industry in the Hawaiian Islands is staying competitive and the significant deals being offered. Just search Google or Bing and up comes tons of Hawaii travel specials. And if you’re on Twitter, the hashtag #hideals (short for Hawaii Deals) brings up further examples of the great island savings available out there on a regular basis.

So with all the great Hawaii vacation deals available, is it enough to tip the scale and get people traveling? Will people pay for an incredible vacation experience or settle for a mediocre one to save $$? I decided to ask the question on Facebook and Twitter and got some interesting responses. Here’s the feedback from Facebook:

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Folks on Twitter had similar comments:

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Not surprisingly, folks are looking for an incredible vacation experience at a good value. Some will save their money until they can afford that trip. Others will use rewards programs to make the trip a reality now. Shorter trips are also an option. And some are going to travel regardless of what the economy is telling them.

Is it enough to tip the scales? Only time will tell. Bottom line is the tourism industry is rallying to keep travel affordable to places like Hawaii (Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and Hawaii Island) and other popular destinations. Get while the getting is good! Now is the time to go, so what are you waiting for?

-NGK

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Living in Hawaii, it’s easy to take for granted just how precious our drinking water really is. Afterall, most of us (including myself) drink it straight from the tap without giving it much thought about where it comes from, how much there is, and so on. So it was a bit sobering to get a message on Facebook from my friend Jason Suapaia who is involved in an extraordinary effort called Tap Project Hawaii, an initiative to provide clean drinking water to children around the world.

As a relatively new parent to the most awesome 21-month old son, I’m glad to support Jason and World Water Day on March 22 for the following reasons noted on the Tap Project Hawaii website:

  • Nearly 900 million people worldwide lack access to clean water.
  • More than 4,200 children die every day of water-related diseases.
  • Waterborne illness is the second largest killer of children under five.
  • For every dollar raised, a child will have clean drinking water for 40 days.

Like many initiatives that are making this world a better place to live, the Tap Project was simple concept born in New York City in 2007. As the website states notes “restaurants would ask their patrons to donate $1 or more for the tap water they usually enjoy for free, and all funds raised would support UNICEF’s efforts to bring clean and accessible water to millions of children around the world.”

Since then, the Tap Project as grown from 300 New York City restaurants in 2007 to more than 2,300 across the country in 2008. Through the good hearts of people like Jason, the cause has now found a home in Hawaii.

Curious about how you can help save millions of children’s lives? There’s four ways: dine out, shop, drink, and donate. It’s easy as that.

So come on Hawaii and show your support! We saw what happened when we came together for Hawaii Twestival and raised more than $7,000 for charity:water. Let’s show our Aloha for Tap Project Hawaii and make a difference in the lives of children that need help!

Mahalo!

-NGK

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If you think I'm joking about seeing the No. 337 all the time, my new blog will share just how frequently it happens. This was a recent encounter at Costco!

It took me a while, but I finally did it. I now have an official THREE 3 SEVEN blog on Posterous to celebrate the number that just wont leave me (and my family and friends) alone! I’ve also added a button to the right side of my blog for easy access to the site as well.

I’m becoming somewhat superstitious about the number and the fact that it’s been following me (or haunting me) since my days in college. I’ve shared the story about 337 in a post on this blog about how it all started and have gotten some interesting feed back about what the number could possibly mean. Some say it’s good luck. Other say it refers to some thing about the gates of hell! Yowser!

Whatever it is, it’s become kind of fun documenting all of the sightings. So, instead of just sharing them all over the place via my Twitter, Twitpic, and Facebook accounts, there’s now a happy home on Posterous (quickly becoming my favorite blogging platform BTW) to celebrate the infamous number.

Here’s to more 337 sightings here in Hawaii and abroad. If you happen to have a 337 encounter yourself, feel free to email the photo to me and I’ll post it up on the site (with credit back to you and your blog of course!).

-NGK

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56545698It was a proud day for the people of Hawaii as Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America on January 20, 2009. I’m still pinching myself knowing the leader of the free world was born here, went to school here, and is going to be running the country with the Aloha Spirit in his heart. Wasn’t it great when he flashed a “shaka” sign (see photo to the left) during the inaugural parade to the Punahou School band as they marched by? My friend and fellow blogger John Fischer was moved to tears by the local gesture.

Awaking to the morning news and seeing more than 2 million people gathered in Washington, D.C. to be a part of history was incredible. I can only imagine what it was like to be there in person amongst all the energy and anticipation as Americans united and witnessed a promise to move the country forward. The President’s speech was powerful and honest, and I loved the line when he said “starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.”

This was actually the first inauguration that I’ve watched and it was an amazing day of festivities. But now that all of the celebrating is technically over, there’s one thing I’m curious about.

What slices of Hawaii life will President Obama bring to the White House?

I initially thought Hawaiian music, Kona Coffee, and Spam musubi perhaps. But then I posed the question to my friends on Twitter and Facebook who came back with a more great suggestions:

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I guess only time will tell if any of these make it to Washington, but in the spirit of fun and Aloha let’s keep the list going.

What other slices of Hawaii life or traditions would you like to see President Obama incorporate during his time in office?

-NGK

[Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images]

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If you’re a fan of KGMB 9 News like I am, you can now become Facebook “groupies” of two of my favorite anchors – Steve Uyehara and Grace Lee. Why? I’m not sure. But why not?

I almost fell out of my chair at the office when I watched this clip of Grace breaking the news during the show this morning about a Steve Uyehara Fan Page on Facebook. Too funny! But then I immediately thought, “what about a Grace Lee Fan Page.” I was compelled to Tweet what I had just seen and my thought to the world. What transpired next was pretty neat.

My Twitter friends Brian (@dote) and Rodney (@chiburu) saw my tweet and also liked the idea of a Grace Lee fan page. So childish fun ensued about the possibility. But the great thing about social networking is there’s always someone on the other end that’s willing to help out. And that someone this time was Marc (@marcorbito) who within 30 minutes of my initial tweet put thoughts into action and created the Grace Lee Fan Page on Facebook.

So who will you become a fan of? Grace or Steve? I have a feeling a little friendly competition is about to ensue which we might see on air from time to time. Maybe my buddy Jared (@KGMB9) who works at the station can instigate just a little bit. ;-)

-NGK

[Photos courtesy of KGMB9.com]


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I confess I’ve been spending a lot of time trying to figure out the whole  Web 2.0/social media thing lately and I suspect Ensen may have been watching me. Between blogging here and fussing around on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Flickr, and you name it (check out our Contact Us/Social Networking page for all the places you can find us online), I’m amazed at what the little guy is picking up. Ensen’s already obsessed with my laptop and banging on the keyboard. I guess it’s safe to say he’s daddy’s boy and what I’m calling the face of Web 8.0.

-NGK