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RumFire Celebrates One Year!

Honolulu Hot Spot Still Fave for Fine Rum Cocktails and Tapas

-17 °C

RumFire.jpg The buzz about RumFire has not faded...the oceanfront hot spot opened December 29, 2007. What's planned for their one-year celebration? Dunno know, but suspect something really fabulous from baby-faced, but talented Chef Colin Hazama. Hope he still has those yummy seared scallops with hearts of palm salad tossed with lemon truffle vinaigrette or the kim chee garlic fried rice!

The hotel cajoled General Manager Jed Inductivo and Restaurant Manager Sarah Henderson to leave Nobu Waikiki and assist with the expansion of RumFire's seductive atmosphere - nosh on tasty tapas poolside soon when Helumoa Playground, the brand new resort pool is unveiled.

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Heavenly Treehouse Bliss

A little lomilomi goes a long way

sunny 26 °C

A weekend getaway to the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas last month was just divine. We opened the door to our one-bedroom villa and looked out to miles of ocean. Loved the jacuzzi bathtub in our room with shutters that opened up to the bedroom. Wish we had a couple of more nights to really feel at home (the hotel room was bigger than our Honolulu apartment) and start cooking in the full kitchen. My hubby got excited seeing the dishwasher, "Haven't seen one of those in a long time!" But forget cooking on holiday - the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas has a fabulous Nanea restaurant that overlooks a koi pond. I still dream of the asparagus Oscar - grilled asparagus topped with crabmeat, sweet Maui onions and bearnaise sauce. Chef Eddington's Maui Onion soup is also famous in local circles. After sharing the cheesy goodness on the top of the soup, my hubby and I agreed that the underlying broth was flavorful and rich. Other onion soups go unfinished after digging into the cheese, but my hubby and I lapped up the broth and licked the bowl clean.

This was our first time staying at the resort, but our second visit to the new Heavenly Spa by Westin located in the North side of the property. Our stay here was deliberate. We just had to return to the resort to readjust our mind, body and spirit with a little spa therapy. My husband and I had to get another look at the beautiful bamboo floors in the spa (planning to re-do our apartment with the same flooring). We requested the couples "treehouse" treatment suite again...an airy, private oasis to enjoy a couples lomilomi treatment. Our massage therapists were so serene and quiet - I basked in the silence. Their only communication were gentle clicking of tongues at certain points in the massage session. This was my first lomilomi massage - often described as long, rhythmic strokes. I wasn't expecting much - it sounded almost X-rated, but my therapist's forearm rolling down the long side of my neck to my shoulder felt just like heaven.

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