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JULIE L. KESSLER / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
                                The village of Viviers by night from atop the town walls with St. Vincent’s bell tower in the background.

Cruising the Rhone River

JULIE L. KESSLER / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
                                The village of Viviers by night from atop the town walls with St. Vincent’s bell tower in the background.
France has had a tragic run of late. It started with the murderous rampage at the Charlie Hebdo magazine in January 2015 and continued most recently with the Nice massacre along the busy Promenade des Anglais just six months ago, on Bastille Day. Read More
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                                Las Vegas set a record for annual visitation despite no major casino openings in 2016. The New York-New York Hotel & Casino, left, is seen from the Monte Carlo parking garage west of the Strip.

Las Vegas enjoyed 1.4% more visitors during 2016

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                                Las Vegas set a record for annual visitation despite no major casino openings in 2016. The New York-New York Hotel & Casino, left, is seen from the Monte Carlo parking garage west of the Strip.
The counting isn’t complete, but Las Vegas set another record for annual visitation in 2016. Roughly 42.9 million visitors came to town last year, up 1.4% from 2015’s 42.3 million. Read More
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                                Joy Graham of Kapahulu found the Aloha Coiffure hair salon in Biarritz, France. The shop’s owner has never been to Hawaii, but told Graham’s traveling companion, Francis Wong of Kahala, he “dreams” of the islands. The tikis displayed in the window help provide the desired atmosphere.
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Making his dreams come true

FRANCIS WONG / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Joy Graham of Kapahulu found the Aloha Coiffure hair salon in Biarritz, France. The shop’s owner has never been to Hawaii, but told Graham’s traveling companion, Francis Wong of Kahala, he “dreams” of the islands. The tikis displayed in the window help provide the desired atmosphere.
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                                Email Signs of Hawaiian Life photos to mpoole@staradvertiser.com or mail to Signs of Hawaiian Life, 500 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 7-210, Honolulu, HI 96813. Include the full names of those in the photo, where they live in Hawaii, when and where the picture was taken and the name of the photographer. We apologize but mailed photos cannot be returned.
Joy Graham of Kapahulu found the Aloha Coiffure hair salon in Biarritz, France. Read More
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                                People look down on the city from Los Angeles’ famed Griffith Observatory.

Movie’s settings make for a fun L.A. trip

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                                People look down on the city from Los Angeles’ famed Griffith Observatory.
Whether you’re swooning over Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling or marveling over just how great Los Angeles looks on the silver screen, there’s little doubt that the movie “La La Land” has put L.A. in the romantic spotlight. Read More
VALERIE A. VICTORINE 
                                A torii gate on the west side of Lili‘uokalani Gardens frames a view of Mauna Kea in this photo, the image for December in the Friends of Lili‘uokalani Gardens’ 2017 photo-contest calendar, which will be available Saturday at Banyan Gallery during the Banyan Drive Art Stroll.

Hilo’s Lili‘uokalani Gardens celebrates century of beauty

VALERIE A. VICTORINE 
                                A torii gate on the west side of Lili‘uokalani Gardens frames a view of Mauna Kea in this photo, the image for December in the Friends of Lili‘uokalani Gardens’ 2017 photo-contest calendar, which will be available Saturday at Banyan Gallery during the Banyan Drive Art Stroll.

Updated on  January 8, 2017 at 9:35 am
That after due and careful consideration we find that the object of the bill is to provide a park in the suburbs of the City of Hilo where can be constructed gardens surrounding silvery lakes and about rock-bound inlets of the sea … on the order of Japanese landscape gardening that will add greatly to the beauty of this approach to the city.” Read More
HELEN TAKEUCHI / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Toyoko Takeuchi of Kapolei poses outside the entrance of Kau Kau Aloha Cafe near Shin Kamagaya station in Chiba prefecture, Japan.
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                                Email Signs of Hawaiian Life photos to mpoole@staradvertiser.com or mail to Signs of Hawaiian Life, 500 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 7-210, Honolulu, HI 96813. Include the full names of those in the photo, where they live in Hawaii, when and where the photo was taken and the name of the photographer. We apologize but mailed photos cannot be returned.

Hungry for home

HELEN TAKEUCHI / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Toyoko Takeuchi of Kapolei poses outside the entrance of Kau Kau Aloha Cafe near Shin Kamagaya station in Chiba prefecture, Japan.
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                                Email Signs of Hawaiian Life photos to mpoole@staradvertiser.com or mail to Signs of Hawaiian Life, 500 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 7-210, Honolulu, HI 96813. Include the full names of those in the photo, where they live in Hawaii, when and where the photo was taken and the name of the photographer. We apologize but mailed photos cannot be returned.
Toyoko Takeuchi of Kapolei poses outside the entrance of Kau Kau Aloha Cafe near Shin Kamagaya station in Chiba prefecture, Japan. Read More
 

What’s in your suitcase?

More travelers may be asking this question in the near future if this newest wrinkle in the sharing economy catches on. Read More
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Stadium and 2 resorts amid projects in the work

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With zero casinos scheduled to open in the new year, it might seem like there isn’t much happening in Las Vegas. But in reality, it might be the calm before a storm of high-powered development between now and 2020. Read More
 
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                                Worshippers toss flower petals at the statue of the Our Lady of Fatima as it is carried at the Our Lady of Fatima shrine, in Fatima, central Portugal, at top. The centennial of the miracle will be observed in 2017 with a visit by the pope in May, and it’s one reason that Portugal has turned up on several lists for where to go in the new year.

Events, trends and picks for trips

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                                Worshippers toss flower petals at the statue of the Our Lady of Fatima as it is carried at the Our Lady of Fatima shrine, in Fatima, central Portugal, at top. The centennial of the miracle will be observed in 2017 with a visit by the pope in May, and it’s one reason that Portugal has turned up on several lists for where to go in the new year.
Where should you travel in 2017? Maybe you want to witness the U.S. solar eclipse, take advantage of great exchange rates abroad or get in on the hoopla for big anniversaries in places like Alaska, Germany, Canada or Finland. Read More
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                                Lake Lucerne in Switzerland rarely freezes over, allowing cruises to run throughout the year. Two-hour lunch cruises are offered but locals also commute by ferry. The Unterwalden ferry on Lake Lucerne in June.

Tour Lucerne, Alps without lifting a ski

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                                Lake Lucerne in Switzerland rarely freezes over, allowing cruises to run throughout the year. Two-hour lunch cruises are offered but locals also commute by ferry. The Unterwalden ferry on Lake Lucerne in June.
Lake Lucerne winds through the Alps with a series of bends, S-curving around towering mountains like slalom skiers carving into snow thousands of feetabove. Read More
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                                Laos: Alex Lee traveled with daughter Ava Lee, 4, and wife Liz Erickson to Vientiane, Laos, in January where they saw a Pizza Aloha cart. Lee said it was “exciting to see signs of Hawaii that far away.”

Signs of Hawaiian life in 2016

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                                Laos: Alex Lee traveled with daughter Ava Lee, 4, and wife Liz Erickson to Vientiane, Laos, in January where they saw a Pizza Aloha cart. Lee said it was “exciting to see signs of Hawaii that far away.”

Updated on  January 1, 2017 at 1:48 am
Honolulu Star-Advertiser readers got around in 2016, and it seems wherever they went they saw reminders of home. Read More

Guidezoomer.com

Smart travel planners might begin trip research with the people in charge of a city’s tourism. Read More

Vegas plans $500,000 blowout for New Year’s

The stage is set for another New Year’s Eve extravaganza in Las Vegas. As usual, the festivities will be split between the “America’s Party” fireworks show on the Strip and live entertainment downtown at the Fremont Street Experience. Read More
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                                Hui Okinawa Kobudo Taiko performs regularly at Wailea village’s annual mochi-pounding celebration.

Whack of the mochi pounder rings in new year in Wailea

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                                Hui Okinawa Kobudo Taiko performs regularly at Wailea village’s annual mochi-pounding celebration.

Updated on  December 24, 2016 at 1:04 am
Akiko Masuda is of full Japanese ancestry, but it wasn’t until she moved to the tiny rural village of Wailea on Hawaii island in 1991 that she learned about the New Year’s tradition of mochitsuki (mochi pounding). Read More
Reid Mizue, center, and Dyan Kleckner, right, and their son Liam were bound for Legoland in Carlsbad, Calif., on Dec. 8 when they spotted a beach-ready Santa outside Ohana Creations, a store selling local- style goods. The Honolulu residents stopped to commemorate the island life encounter with a photo.
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                                Email Signs of Hawaiian Life photos to mpoole@staradvertiser.com or mail to Signs of Hawaiian Life, 500 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 7-210, Honolulu, HI 96813. Include the full names of those in the photo, where they live in Hawaii, when and where the photo was taken and the name of the photographer. We apologize but mailed photos cannot be returned.

Aloha, Santa!

Reid Mizue, center, and Dyan Kleckner, right, and their son Liam were bound for Legoland in Carlsbad, Calif., on Dec. 8 when they spotted a beach-ready Santa outside Ohana Creations, a store selling local- style goods. The Honolulu residents stopped to commemorate the island life encounter with a photo.
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                                SUBMIT YOUR PHOTO:
                                Email Signs of Hawaiian Life photos to mpoole@staradvertiser.com or mail to Signs of Hawaiian Life, 500 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 7-210, Honolulu, HI 96813. Include the full names of those in the photo, where they live in Hawaii, when and where the photo was taken and the name of the photographer. We apologize but mailed photos cannot be returned.
Reid Mizue, center, and Dyan Kleckner, right, and their son Liam were bound for Legoland in Carlsbad, Calif., on Dec. 8 when they spotted a beach-ready Santa outside Ohana Creations, a store selling local- style goods. Read More
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                                The Chabad-Lubavitch organization plans public menorah lightings in hundreds of cities around the world for Hanukkah. Members of India’s Jewish community pose for photographs after a menorah erected at the Gateway of India landmark was ignited as part of last year’s Hanukkah celebration.

Menorah lightings celebrate Hanukkah

ASSOCIATED PRESS / DEC. 13, 2015
                                The Chabad-Lubavitch organization plans public menorah lightings in hundreds of cities around the world for Hanukkah. Members of India’s Jewish community pose for photographs after a menorah erected at the Gateway of India landmark was ignited as part of last year’s Hanukkah celebration.
The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah began this year on Christmas Eve and lasts for eight days. Read More

Airport satisfaction up slightly

U.S. airports are bursting at the seams with travelers, and yet fliers are giving airports high satisfaction ratings. Read More

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