Stylish saree for a charming look

Stylish saree for a charming look

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Every woman is eager to look beautiful and attractive, in such a way, you can wear such a blue and red color design saree to get the vending function or an engaging look in the party. 

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Women can also try such traditional function style saree to look attractive. If you wear this kind of traditional saree, then wear matching designs and jewelery together. 

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For all you see in the function, you can wear this design and color saree too. By wearing this saree of Orange color, you will be seen in the function itself.

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The design of this saree is different from other sarees and stylish, which looks very beautiful to wear. In such a way, to make you look attractive and beautiful, keep these sarees in your collection.


Wife of this Mumbai Indians player is more pretty than Hollywood actress

Wife of this Mumbai Indians player is more pretty than Hollywood actress

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Kieron Pollard is one in all the mostly risky the whole rounder in IPL. He has won variedmatches for his bunch metropolis Indians.

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He got married to Jenna Ali at haven of Espanain 2012. His consort is extraordinarily ill-famedon collective media as she’s exceptionally lovely. Fans of Pollard ofttimes congratulate him for having a surprising beauty like Jenna as his living partner.

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Few cluster on web drawn feeling that Jenna possesses a tremendously pleasant seem and her appearance ar pretty much as good like any cowl entertainer of Hollywood.

Hair accessories you can wear at any age

Hair accessories you can wear at any age

We are referring to a stack of fun, vibrant, quirky and totally embellished hairbands. Great to hold your hair in place, hairbands also make for a great pick-me-up to your ensemble. Take a look at our favourite hair candy and we will tell you exactly where to pick one up from.

Jade Garden Headband
The stunning Jade Garden headband features embellished green jade floral crystals with ivory pearls. This is literally as gorgeous as it gets. 

Black Cluster
The Black Cluster features a black crystal chain and fish stones in clustered pattern. The black on black allows the piece to not be overpowering or overwhelming and yet it will beautifully complement your evening wear. 

Ruby Frosted Trellis
Embellished with smoky ruby fish stones, this hairband is your perfect pick for a romantic dinner date.

Freanka is an exclusive boutique of meticulously crafted hair accessories and costume jewellery. Freanka Dhanak, the genius behind the brand works to combine contemporary style with vintage elements that translates into effortlessly chic statement pieces.

Bansri Mehta’s brand called Bansri, brings together an international collection of couture costume jewellery. Her assortment of accessories range from hot off the runway designs to classic must-haves.

Car insurance ALERT – Failing to update these details could leave you without cover

Car insurance ALERT - Failing to update these details could leave you without cover

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If you fail to keep your personal information updated you could invalidate your car insurance.

Car insurance premiums are calculated using a complex algorithm based on numerous different factors.

It is incredibly important that these things are kept updated and your insurer is informed as changes could mean your policy needs recalculating.

Certain jobs are perceived as being higher risk than others so a change in employment could mean your policy needs readjusting.

This also goes for your address as certain areas are deemed safer than others.

Similarly, at one property you may have a garage to stop your car and your new accommodation may have on the road parking which could make the car more at risk of damage and theft.

Matt Oliver, from GoCompare Car Insurance, explains how important it is to keep your insurer informed of any changes and the consequences for failing to do so.

He said to “Being lumped with a £1,000 fine by the DVLA for failing to change address or job title is something few drivers would welcome, but the costs could stretch even higher when it comes to your car insurance.

“Failing to notify your insurer of changes to circumstances, including your job or address, could result in you being refused when claiming on your insurance.

“A change of postcode will see your premium fluctuate due to factors like crime rate, risk of accident and how built up the area is, so it’s essential you are keeping your insurer up to date, as they need to assess the risk of your vehicle and adjust your premium accordingly.

“A change of job could see your title change, and certain job titles will carry higher or lower risk factors than others – so you would see your premium fluctuating to reflect this.

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“Another thing to bear in mind is a change in address could result in a change of parking for your car.

“If you’re used to parking on a street, say, but will now be parking on a drive, there’s a good chance your premium will go down.

“Whereas, if you’re losing driveway or garage parking because of a move, expect your premium to suffer as a result.”

Ruma Sharma was looking more attractive than Sunny Leone in swimsuit, see photos

Friends today I have brought an another article for you, where I will tell you about some bikini pictures of an Indian actress. So without wasting your precious time let’s start todays article.

Ruma Sharma was looking more attractive than Sunny Leone in swimsuit, see photos

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Friends, Indian film or Television industry there are many actresses, who looks very beautiful and gorgeous in traditional dress, but there are actresses, who looks very hot and attractive in Western cloth. I am going to tell you about an actress, who looks very sexy in bikini. Friends I am talking with you about Ruma Sharma.

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Some pictures of Ruma was found on social media, where she was wearing a red color solid swimsuit with red color lipstick on her lips. On the picture Ruma flaunted her hot and sexy navel and she was looking very attractive. If someone once notice these pictures it will very difficult to take their eyes off from this sexy avatar of Ruma. There is no doubt that she is more attractive than Sunny Leone.

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So my dear friends and followers, what are your thoughts on the above article? What do you think about this sexy actress? Don’t forget to comment me your valuable views on the below comment section.

AI set to give relief workers a boost

AI set to give relief workers a boost

Artificial Intelligence

There is no doubt that Artificial Intelligence (AI) and all its myriad associated technologies are changing the world we live in. While AI has generally been discussed from the point of job losses and the desperate need to skill new workers and provide them AI-capabilities, it isn’t often that we get to see the good that such path-breaking technology can do. This week’s Academia Accelerator competition, organised by Microsoft, presented such a display.

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All three winning college teams, besides hailing from IITs across India, showcased a set of AI-backed solution that could enable rescue workers save far more people during calamities. The winning team from IIT-Madras showcased their own solution based on AI-powered drones. According to the team, the system uses such drones to get accurate information on where victims of disasters are stranded through an end-to-end autonomous system.

The team has equipped such Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) with AI and computer vision, resulting in a system that can scan large areas and perform tasks such as detecting people (both visible and partially visible) regardless of whether they are able to move.

Meanwhile, the runner-up team from IIT Guwahati showcased a mixed reality app for efficient post disaster management. The application seeks to help rescuers who are generally inundated with information during disaster relief operations. The app, based on Microsoft’s Mixed Reality technology, makes basic tasks like communication, navigation and current status monitoring easy. The team’s vision is to create an Augmented Reality-based navigation system enhanced by a voice assistant which will make rescue drives hassle free.

The third place was bagged by a team from IIT Jodhpur, which showcased a distributed IoT-based solution, deployed in different sections or rooms of a building which acts as an early warning system and takes precautionary measures on detection of disasters.

The three winning teams are to be awarded Rs 5 lakh, Rs 3 lakh and Rs 1 lakh respectively, according to Microsoft. The winning teams will also receive technical and educational support from the company’s AI for Earth grantee community. Each of these teams are also to receive $5,000 in Azure credits from AI for Earth. AI for Earth is a $50 million 5-year effort from Microsoft to put AI at work “for the future of the planet”. Launched in July 2017, its focus areas are climate change, agriculture, biodiversity and water.



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The new world record for the longest shot was made on June 20, 2015. From a distance of 3,800 yards or more than 2.16 miles, Jim Spinella, and the HCR shooting team hit a 36” steel plate using a long-range 375 CheyTac rifle.

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These guys were using a Hill Country Rifle Extreme Long Range Carry Weight rifle chambered in .375 CheyTac when they successfully made this epic 3,800-yard shot at the FTW Ranch in Texas.

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Electric scooters add a buzz to city sightseeing

Electric scooters add a buzz to city sightseeing

Electric scooters add a buzz to city sightseeing

While cable cars remain San Francisco’s transportation icon, scooters have proven popular with residents and visitors.

Paris has embraced the electric scooter, giving visitors and residents a breezy alternative to the Metro.

Austin, Texas, has scooter fever with more than a half-dozen providers licensed to operate.

Austin even has designated scooter parking zones.

Charlotte, North Carolina’s largest city, has warily embraced the e-scooter, banning them from sidewalks in the Uptown area and limiting vehicle speeds to 15 mph.

Portland, Oregon, has taken a cautious approach to scooters, authorizing a four-month pilot last year. But they were so well-accepted, the city has plans to welcome the vehicles again this year.

Scooters have taken off in traffic-choked and tech-focused Tel Aviv, Israel, where the vehicles are often used for outings to the city’s Mediterranean beaches.

Denver offers plenty of scooter choices, providing another option for visitors to make their way to the booming city’s food halls, museums and parks.

Already home to a popular bike-share program, Washington, D.C., has gone all-in for scooters.

Beachfront Santa Monica, California, was one of the first cities to regulate scooters and dockless bikes.

A special slow zone caps scooter speeds on Santa Monica’s busy boardwalk, and the city also has painted-off corrals to park the vehicles and keep them from cluttering up the waterfront.

The latest way to sightsee requires an app, a sense of balance and a thumb to operate a throttle. Dockless electric scooters are a great way to explore a city, says Paul DeMaio, who manages the bike- and scooter-share programs in Arlington, Virginia. “It can be a lot of fun.” In some areas the programs, which offer short-term rentals for just a few dollars, have been controversial: Parked scooters can block sidewalks, and inexperienced, unhelmeted riders have been injured. But cities have adopted regulations, and the popularity is booming. “It’s surprising how quickly they have caught on and spread,” says DeMaio. He shares some scenic places to scoot with Larry Bleiberg for USA TODAY.

Santa Monica, California

This beachfront city was one of the first to regulate scooters and dockless bikes. A special slow zone caps scooter speeds on the busy boardwalk, and the city also has painted-off corrals to park the vehicles and keep them from cluttering up the waterfront. “It’s one of the very first scootershares in the country,” DeMaio says.


One of the world’s top tourism cities has embraced the electric scooter, giving visitors and residents a breezy alternative to the Metro. But the vehicles are only allowed on streets and bike paths. The trottinettes, as they’re called in French, aren’t left out to litter the sidewalks, either. As in most places, the entire fleet is picked up every evening and redistributed around the city by the next morning.


Already home to a successful bike-share program, the nation’s capital has gone all-in for scooters. “D.C. was pretty welcoming early on,” DeMaio says. But visitors do need to know the regulations: The vehicles aren’t allowed on sidewalks in the central business district, which includes the National Mall and the White House area, and speeds are capped.


The Mile High City offers plenty of scooter choices, providing another option for visitors to make their way to the booming city’s food halls, museums and parks. New regulations ban the vehicles from most sidewalks and the city’s 16th Street pedestrian mall. The growing usage may be coming at the expense of the city’s bike-share program, which has seen a drop in riders.

San Francisco

While cable cars remain the city’s transportation icon, scooters have caught on with both residents and visitors. Still, the city has played hardball with the scooter industry, only allowing two companies to operate in the municipality, although that’s under appeal. “They were looking for the best actors out there in terms of those willing to work with the city,” DeMaio says.

Best U.S. cities for car-free travelers

TransitScreen assesses transportation options from any point in up to 100 U.S. cities. Just enter an address and it provides a ranked score based on how easy it is to get a bus, train, taxi, bikeshare, Uber and other transportation from that location. USA TODAY asked TransitScreen to crunch their data to come up with the best cities for travelers who have no interest in driving. No. 20: Houston. Average MobilityScore: 51.

No. 19: Austin. Average MobilityScore: 51.

No. 18: Miami. Average MobilityScore: 51.

No. 17: Portland, Ore. Average MobilityScore: 53.

No. 16; Minneapolis. Average MobilityScore: 55.

No. 15: Dallas. Average MobilityScore: 55.

No. 14: Atlanta. Average MobilityScore: 55.

No. 13: Milwaukee. Average MobilityScore: 56.

No. 12: Detroit. Average MobilityScore: 56.

No. 11: Charlotte, N.C. Average MobilityScore: 57.

No. 10: Baltimore. Average MobilityScore: 57.

No. 9: Denver. Average MobilityScore: 58.

No. 8: Seattle. Average MobilityScore: 64.

No. 7: Chicago. Average MobilityScore: 64.

No. 6: Los Angeles. Average MobilityScore: 65.

No. 5: Philadelphia. Average MobilityScore: 70.

No. 4: San Francisco. Average MobilityScore: 80.

No. 3: Washington, D.C. Average MobilityScore: 80.

No. 2: Boston. Average MobilityScore: 81.

No. 1: New York City. Average MobilityScore: 95.

Charlottesville, Virginia

This historic college town has quickly adapted to scooters, which first arrived in the fall. They provide an easy way to zip around commercial areas, and on streets through the scenic University of Virginia grounds. Regulations require the vehicles to stay off sidewalks, and limit usage in pedestrian-heavy areas like the Downtown Mall and the college’s Lawn area.

Tel Aviv, Israel

Scooters have taken off in Israel’s largest city, traffic-choked and tech-focused Tel Aviv. Riders are required to wear a helmet and restricted to bike trails, although they’re permitted on streets where no paths are available. Popular with weekday commuters, the vehicles are also often used for outings to the city’s Mediterranean beaches. Rentals climb on the Jewish Sabbath, when the city’s public transportation doesn’t operate.

Austin, Texas

The Lone Star State capital has scooter fever with thousands on the streets, and more than a half-dozen providers licensed to operate. The city even has designated scooter parking zones. “It’s one of the largest (programs) in the country,” DeMaio says. One company, Ojo, plans to offer Vespa-style sit-down scooters with Bluetooth-enabled speakers.

Charlotte, North Carolina

North Carolina’s largest city has embraced the e-scooter, but bans them from sidewalks in the Uptown area and limits vehicle speeds. Rental companies require riders to be over 18, and to have a driver’s license.

Portland, Oregon

When reports began pouring in from other cities about sidewalks being overrun with scooters, Portland took a cautious approach, authorizing a four-month pilot last year. But scooters were so well-accepted, the city has plans to welcome the vehicles again this year. “Cities are trying to protect the public and limit the negative impacts as much as possible,” DeMaio says.

The 10 cities with the best public transportation

Moscow: From mosaics and stained glass to bronze chandeliers and metal sculptures, Moscow’s Metro stations are full of art — and many are so beautiful that there are tours dedicated to exploring them. Fortunately, they’re also part of an affordable transit network that is currently undergoing a major expansion.

Hong Kong: Pretty much every list of cities with the best public transportation includes Hong Kong, and for good reason. Clean, comprehensive and efficient, Hong Kong’s public transit network includes buses, trams, subways and overland trains. Visitors can purchase a reloadable Octopus card that can be used not only on most forms of public transportation but also for shopping and dining around town.

Paris: The venerable subway system in Paris — with its distinctive art deco-style Metropolitain signs marking many of the stations — has been carrying visitors and locals across the city since 1900. Its color-coded lines are easy to navigate, and the organization that operates the Metro, RATP, offers an app that works offline to help visitors find their way around.

San Francisco: The city’s transit system, Muni, operates subway and bus lines as well as San Francisco’s famous cable cars and street cars — which might not always be the fastest way to get around town, but are certainly the most fun. You can buy Muni tickets in various ways, including by using its mobile app. Muni connects to regional train services such as Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and Caltrain, which can take you to other key spots in the region like Oakland, San Jose, Palo Alto and San Francisco International Airport.

Tokyo: Tokyo’s subway map looks impossibly complex at first glance, especially because the trains are operated by multiple companies. Fortunately, the system is easier to use than it appears: When you buy a reloadable card (such as Suica or Pasmo), you can use it on any train or bus, regardless of which company operates it. English-language signs are plentiful throughout Tokyo’s major stations, and the system is so extensive that you can get just about anywhere in this sprawling metropolis. Tokyo’s trains and buses operate frequently and are scrupulously clean.

Sydney: Encompassing trains, buses, light rail and ferries, Sydney’s public transportation system offers a reliable and cost-effective way to get around the city. It’s gotten easier and cheaper to ride thanks to the Opal card, a reloadable smartcard that offers discounted fares and can be used on all modes of transit.

Zurich: As you’d expect in a country with a reputation for cleanliness and efficiency, Zurich’s public transportation network — which includes trains, buses and trams — is top-notch. Within the city, you’re rarely more than 300 meters from the nearest bus or tram stop. And the cost is quite affordable by Swiss standards. A Zurich Card entitles visitors to unlimited travel on all public transportation in the region, as well as free or reduced admission to dozens of area museums, for either 24 or 72 hours. Day passes solely for public transit are also available.

Singapore: Cheap, clean trains whisk travelers from one top attraction to another, including Chinatown, Gardens by the Bay and the upmarket shops of Orchard Road. Where Singapore’s trains don’t go, the buses do — and an EZ-Link card gets you access to both networks.

Montreal: Between its color-coded subway lines and wide-ranging bus network, Montreal’s public transportation will get you just about anywhere you need to go — without being over-complicated. Its website has a handy list of major landmarks for visitors, such as Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal), Saint-Joseph Oratory and Jean-Talon Market, along with the nearest subway station and bus stop to each one. Fare options are flexible: You can purchase tickets by the ride, buy a 10-trip package, or snag an unlimited pass for anywhere from one day to four months.

Sao Paulo: Sao Paulo’s traffic is notoriously terrible, and its attractions are scattered across the city, so many visitors opt to get around via the comfortable and convenient subway system (called the Metro). The system’s five color-coded Metro lines serve the city’s key tourist attractions, including the Museum of Art (Metro stop: Trianon-MASP), the Sao Paulo Cathedral (Metro stop: Se) and the Monastery of Sao Bento (Metro stop: Sao Bento). Most major stations have transportation offices with staff who can answer questions or help you buy a ticket.

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Review: Honolulu’s Side Street Inn, famous for fried rice and pork chops

Delicious Hawaiian dishes at Honolulu’s Side Street Inn

Review: Honolulu's Side Street Inn, famous for fried rice and pork chops

The second location of Honolulu’s Side Street Inn opened in 2010 and sits on the far edge of Waikiki.

The second location opened in 2010 and is larger and more decoratively finished than the original. It seats close to 200.

Food at the Side Street Inn is served family-style. This combo of spicy garlic fried chicken and fried rice is a classic.

Fried rice is the signature dish at the Side Street Inn, served in mountainous portions and laden with meat. This is the “The Works” version and it has four different kinds of pork, plus kimchee.

A closer look at the famous fried rice, with bacon, char siu Chinese roast pork, Portuguese sausage and Chinese sausage, plus spicy kimchee, peas, carrots and green onions.

The “Famous Pan-Fried Island Pork Chops” are the must-have entrée here, addictively tasty with salty, crunchy breading and perfectly cooked juicy interiors.

The spicy garlic chicken is boneless and lightly sauced with three kinds of Korean, Vietnamese and Thai peppers.

Side Street’s pocho clams. “Pocho” is slang for Portuguese, and the clams are surrounded by grilled slabs of Portuguese sausage.

The ahi tuna poke is a popular starter, and like everything else here, good for sharing, with big chunks of fresh fish, well sauced and spiced.

Most of the food has Hawaiian roots, but they specialize in other large grilled meat plates, such as this perfectly cooked prime rib.

Because food is served in big portions for sharing, the Side Street Inn is very popular with Honolulu locals for family gatherings.

A typical family-style spread at Honolulu’s famous Side Street Inn.

The two iconic dishes at the Side Street Inn are the “Famous Pan-Fried Island Pork Chops” and the “Signature Fried Rice.” They even have their own custom Rogue beer label.

The bar area at the Kapahulu location is very popular for football, and during the NFL season they open at 7:30 a.m. on Sundays.

The scene: In much of the country, mid-February is the coldest time of the entire year, and we’ve just been through the polar vortex. But not in Hawaii, where it is solidly in the high 70s. It is completely understandable if you want to pack up and head for the islands right now. If you do, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better place to eat than the Side Street Inn.

I first discovered Side Street years ago on the advice of folks in Honolulu’s restaurant industry, as it has long been a popular after-work spot for chefs and industry types, always a good sign (a 1999 Honolulu Star Bulletin column describes legendary Hawaiian chefs Alan Wong and Roy Yamaguchi visiting for vodka-fueled karaoke and pork chops). But pretty much everyone who lives in Honolulu comes here (there are two locations), along with plenty of tourists, though it skews more local with all kinds of group and family gatherings. Side Street Inn lends itself to family-style dining because the portions are big – sometimes crazy big. It’s a tougher spot to eat at as a couple, but the food is so good it’s worth the restraint and tough choices you’ll have to limit yourself to.

The original Side Street Inn lives up to its name and is tucked on small, two-block-long Hopaka Street, which is hidden in the heart of downtown Waikiki between the parallel main drags of Ala Moana and Kapiolani boulevards. The newer Kapahulu location opened in 2010 and sits on the far edge of Waikiki, towards Diamond Head. Both are very well-located for the majority of Honolulu visitors.

Both are simple and cavernous spaces with lots of big tables, and both have old-school bars. The newer location is set within an office building, very nondescript from outside. It has a far more polished interior with a paneled wood ceiling, upholstered booths along the side walls, and a marble top on its long bar. It is long and deep and goes on and on, seating close to 200. The original is simpler, with a suspended ceiling, painted walls and very basic furniture, and holds about 130. The same great food is served at both, but if you are on vacation and want more of a traditional “nice” restaurant atmosphere, head to the newer one (but in either case, make reservations).

Google it, and you will see Side Street Inn described as a “local hangout for drinks & comfort grub,” and that’s true but only part of the picture. The late Anthony Bourdain and CNN popped in for an episode of “No Reservations,” and the restaurants have won numerous awards and accolades from magazines and newspapers worldwide. Both technically serve dinner only, though they open at 2 or 3 p.m. and as early as 1 p.m. on Sundays for sort of a dinner-as-brunch. Due to the time difference, the Kapahulu spot opens at 7:30 a.m. on Sundays during the NFL season.

Hawaii in 50 postcard-perfect images

The first thing that comes to mind when you think Hawaii — the 50th state to join the Union — is likely its beaches, like beautiful Waimea Beach on Oahu’s North Shore.

This beautiful U.S. state – far out in the Pacific Ocean – is also known for surfing, volcanoes, pineapple, hula dancing and perfect weather.

The Hawaiian archipelago was formed by volcanic activity, and many of the state’s volcanoes remain active. The Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island glows under a starry sky.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is one of seven national parks in the state and one of the most popular. It’s one of the few places in the world where you can witness volcanic action firsthand.

Hawaii’s volcanic geology means that many of the island’s beaches are covered in black sand. Punaluu Black Sand Beach on Hawaii’s Kua coast is one of the most famous.

Retrace the flow of Hawaii Island’s lava by taking a walk through the Thurston Lava Tube, a 500-year-old formation that once held a river of lava.

Hawaii’s volcanic past (and present) is evident all over the Big Island. Some of the island’s roads have even been rendered impassable by lava flows.

Haleakala National Park on the island of Maui is home to the island’s highest peak of the same name, jutting 10,023 feet above sea level. Many visitors wake up early to catch a sunset from the summit of the volcanic peak.

East of Waikiki Beach sits Diamond Head Crater, and perched on its cliffs is the Diamond Head Lighthouse, built in the late nineteenth century.

Kauai, the oldest of Hawaii’s main islands, is a land of lush valleys, soaring cliffs and cascading waterfalls. Manawaiopuna Falls, one of the most spectacular, is typically reached by helicopter.

Hawaii isn’t typically associated with snow, but when you head to the top of Mauna Kea — the world’s tallest mountain if measured from the ocean floor — you might find some. It’s home to the world’s biggest telescope and is a favorite locale among star gazers.

The island of Lanai remains one of Hawaii’s most pristine inhabited islands — home to some of the state’s best beaches and natural scenery, like the Kaholo Cliffs.

Hawaii’s largest metropolitan area is on Oahu. The capital city, Honolulu blends Hawaii’s natural beauty with all the modern luxuries of a city.

At the heart of Honolulu sits Waikiki Beach, former playground to Hawaiian royalty and home of a beautiful beach and some of the state’s best nightlife.

One of Hawaii’s most renowned cultural pastimes is that of hula dancing — a uniquely Hawaiian dance you can learn (or just watch) on many of the islands.

Not all of Hawaii’s activities involve the water. The Kalalau trail on Kauai often ranks among the world’s most beautiful hiking trails, but it’s also one of the most dangerous.

Those who brave the 11-mile Kalalau trail beginning at Kee Beach (pictured), with its crumbly trail bed and sheer drop-offs, are rewarded with the chance to experience one of the state’s most remote stretches of sand, Kalalua Beach.

Hawaii is one of the nation’s most multicultural states. The state’s Asian heritage can be seen at The Great Buddha statue at Lahaina on Maui — the largest Buddha statue of its kind outside of Japan.

Kohola is the Hawaiian word for humpback whale, and an estimated two thirds of the Northern Pacific humpback whale population come to the waters of Hawaii to breed and raise their young.

Even when it’s not whale season, the waters off Hawaii’s islands teem with life. Some of the state’s best diving and snorkeling can be found in Molokini crater, a crescent-shaped marine sanctuary off the coast of Maui.

The clear, blue waters of Hawaii make the perfect playground for divers and snorkelers of all levels.

In the biologically rich waters off the coast of Hawaii, it’s possible to spot Hawaiian green sea turtles, manta rays and dolphins.

The seven-mile-long stretch of sand known as Polihale sits within Polihale State Park on the island of Kauai. Journeying to the beach via a bumpy dirt road is worth it for the sunset views alone.

For leisurely hiking on the Big Island, head to Akaka Falls State Park, where it’s possible to see two waterfalls on the short half-mile hike.

Hawaii Island, also called the Big Island, is the state’s youngest, largest and still-growing island. On this island, you can laze on a beach and walk through the snow in a single day.

Hawaii is a veritable playground for water sports enthusiasts. Each year, the world’s best windsurfers come to Hookipa Beach Park on Maui to compete.

It’s hard to beat a Hawaiian sunset, and it’s equally hard deciding which island (or part of an island) enjoys the best ones.

The 17-mile stretch of emerald cliffs on Kauai’s coast has become one of Hawaii’s most famous sights. The Napali Coast can only be accessed on land by the Kalalau Trail.

Anyone who’s seen the hit TV series “Lost” will recognize Mokuleia Beach Park in North Shore, Oahu. The beaches here are remote enough that you could easily spend a day without seeing another human being.

Hike to Rainbow Falls in Wailuku River State Park on the Big Island on a sunny day, and you’ll quickly see how the falls got its name.

For a road trip, island-style, hop in the car, turn on some tunes and drive the road to Hana — a three hour drive from from Lahaina or Kihei with plenty to see and do along the way.

One of the many stops on the scenic Road to Hana is the Keanae Congregational Church, built from lava rocks and coral mortar in 1860.

Hawaii has long been a favorite destination for honeymooners, and for a romantic sunset, try aptly named Sweetheart Rock on Lanai.

Waimea Canyon on Kauai, nicknamed “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” stretches for 14 miles and is at points more than 3,600 feet deep.

Waipio Valley, or the Valley of Kings, sits on the northern coast of Hawaii Island and has one of the state’s most breathtaking scenic overlooks.

Life on Oahu’s North Shore, famed the world over for its excellent surfing, centers on the charming town of Haleiwa, the artistic and cultural hub of the area.

Surfing is believed to have originated in Polynesia and was once a sport of only Hawaiian royalty. Today, surfers from around the globe come to catch Hawaii’s world-class waves.

Along Hawaii’s Hamakua Coast, visitors will find lush jungles, waterfalls and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.

Hawaii’s cultural history dates back centuries, and you can learn about it at sites like Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site, a once sacred place of worship for native Hawaiians.

The Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park was the site of first significant contact between native Hawaiians and Westerners. Here, visitors can see kii, sacred carvings of deities or ancestral spirits.

Saint Peter’s By-the-Sea Catholic Church sits right on the water on the island of Hawaii’s Kona coast.

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Kapaa, on the east side of Kauai, is a great destination for shopping, biking and water sports of all kinds.

Drive through Central Oahu, and you’ll likely see vast expanses of pineapple fields. Visit the Dole Plantation to brave the 1.7-mile pineapple maze.

The Dole Plantation in Hawaii is one of the world’s largest pineapple producers. Visitors can sample juicy fruits at markets throughout the islands.

Hawaii’s biodiversity is astounding, and one of the more unusual species is the painted eucalyptus, which sheds its bark to reveal a rainbow of color underneath.

Kii pohaku — Hawaiian petroglyphs — can be found at more than 100 sites scattered throughout the islands.

Visiting Molokai is like stepping back in time. One of the island’s most charming experiences occurs each Friday night when the island’s elders gather for an evening of live music and hula at Hotel Molokai.

Built in 1923 by James Dole, Hotel Lanai was the first hotel on Lanai Island and remains one of the most intimate, with only 11 guest rooms.

Parts of Lanai Island, like Keahiakawelo, have an almost lunar landscape, in contrast to Hawaii’s typically lush terrain. Which picture most makes you want to travel to Hawaii?

Reason to visit: Famous fried pork chops and signature fried rice

The food: Food here is big and comforting Asian-inspired Hawaiian, served on platters. The menu is large but the two things everyone comes for, and the two things you should try if you are a smaller group and can’t justify ordering more, are the “Famous Pan-Fried Island Pork Chops” and the “Signature Fried Rice.”

The former is big plate of succulent breaded and fried pork chops that are cut into big slabs, apparently with a cleaver, and they are perfect: crispy and salty on the outside with just the right amount of fat, and very juicy inside. They start with half-pound bone-in chops over an inch thick, and each is whacked into four or five almost bite-sized sections, making for something you can eat with a knife or fork but also perfect finger food. A printed recipe from the restaurant notes to serve the pieces over shredded cabbage and “include bones for gnawing.” The breading is a mix of flour and corn starch seasoned with garlic salt. The pork chops are highly addictive.

The fried rice comes a few different ways. The signature version adds both bacon and chopped Portuguese sausage, a beloved breakfast item in Hawaii, to the more common chopped Chinese-style char siu roast pork. The firmer sausage gives it a different texture and a lot more meatiness, with three takes on pork. This is enough if you are having the dish as a side with something sauced, like the popular spicy garlic chicken. But if it’s more of an entree, or just with the pork chops, I would go for the version called “The Works,” which adds both kimchee (spicy Korean cabbage) for heat and lup cheong (Chinese-style sausage) for a whopping fourth take on pork. It is like a spicy fried rice spin on a meat lovers pizza, and it is a mountain of awesomeness, maybe the best fried rice ever, though I could have used more kimchee.

If you can manage more than two huge platters, some of the other standout dishes include the spicy garlic chicken, which is served in similar fashion to the pork chops. Boneless leg and thigh pieces are dredged in a breading that combines Korean red pepper powder and a healthy dose of garlic salt. After deep-frying, the chicken is coated in a soy-based sauce with more red pepper powder, Thai chili flakes and Vietnamese garlic chili sauce. It is not really hot, but rather intensely flavorful, and delicious. The sauce is minimal, so the chicken isn’t swimming in liquid, but you taste it.

The ahi poke, served in big fresh chunks, is one of the most popular appetizers, and a solidly traditional Hawaiian choice. A more unusual option is the pocho clams (“pocho” being local slang for Portuguese). These are cooked and served in a big bowl of broth with lots of Portuguese sausage, onions and red and green bell peppers. There is a lot more tempting stuff to choose, from, including six different styles of chicken wings, Kalua pork sliders, several burger options, and a few other big platters from the grill, such as pork baby back ribs and Hawaiian-style beef short ribs.

Pilgrimage-worthy?: Yes – if you are in Honolulu, this is a classic spot to get delicious versions of the foods locals enjoy.

Rating: OMG! (Scale: Blah, OK, Mmmm, Yum!, OMG!)

Price: $$ ($ cheap, $$ moderate, $$$ expensive)

Details: Original location, 1225 Hopaka Street, Honolulu; 808-591-0523. Second location, 614 Kapahulu Avenue #100; 808-739-3939.

10 can’t-miss things to do in Hawaii

Land a helicopter at Jurassic Falls, Kauai: Imagine sitting in a helicopter that is swooping and darting through the green-velvet valleys of Kauai. Just below you, a flock of plump jewel-toned birds descends to the trees. The seemingly impenetrable jungle parts suddenly like stage curtains to reveal the falls from “Jurassic Park,” 400 feet high and spraying the windshield of the helicopter like rain. Now imagine the epic John Williams score playing in your headset. You land in the thick of the jungle, and your pilot guides you along a misty path to the remarkable and completely remote falls, the rushing water making the only sound in a humanless world.

Visit Pearl Harbor, Oahu: Each year, nearly 2 million people visit this memorial, officially part of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. This solemn, gently sloping structure, accessible only by boat, straddles the sunken USS Arizona and memorializes those who were killed in the Pearl Harbor attacks on Dec. 7, 1941. According to Alfred Preis, the memorial’s architect, “The structure sags in the center but stands strong and vigorous at the ends, express[ing] initial defeat and ultimate victory.” Each rising end is a testament to the optimism during times of peace. Eerily — but beautifully — the sunken ship’s oil can still be seen bubbling up from the wreckage and pooling in concentric rainbows on the water’s surface.

Sail the Napali Coast, Kauai: Native islanders say the Napali Coast nourishes the soul. This 17-mile stretch of rain-carved cliffs and emerald valleys is punctuated by thin, ribbonlike waterfalls, secret beaches, and sea caves teeming with aquatic life. With the spectacular Kalalau Trail currently closed to travelers due to flooding, the only way to access the cliffs is by sea. Imagine standing on the deck of a catamaran beneath 4,000-foot cliffs to soak in mana, or spiritual power, before sliding into the water for snorkeling among green sea turtles and schools of eel and angelfish. When the trade winds are smooth, expect your catamaran to cruise around or even through the sea caves, its sails flapping the mast and spinner dolphins leaping at its stern.

Attend an Old Lahaina Luau, Maui: A Hawaiian vacation is hardly complete without a luau, and the Old Lahaina Luau on Maui is oft considered the most authentic of the bunch. Since 1986, the Old Lahaina, with its backdrop of flickering torches, coconut palms and crashing waves, has presented its luau to an adoring public of visitors and kama’aina (Hawaiian residents) alike. An aloha greeting with a cocktail and a colorful lei kicks off the evening, followed by craft-making workshops and the unearthing of the kalua pig from its imu, or underground oven. At sunset, the evening’s entertainment begins: a lineup of traditional Hawaiian music and expressive hula dancing that outlines the islands’ history, from the earliest Polynesian settlers through the arrival of the missionaries.

Stargaze on Mauna Kea, Big Island: Amateur astronomers, rejoice. Fourteen thousand feet up the dormant volcano of Mauna Kea, beneath a bowl-shaped ceiling of sky, sits one of the best places on Earth for inspecting the heavens: the massive Mauna Kea Observatory. Here, high altitude, low humidity and dark skies create perfect stargazing conditions. Acclimatize at the informative Mauna Kea visitors’ center at 9,200 feet before taking a four-wheel-drive vehicle to the summit, where freezing temperatures and high winds cool sunburnt skin. Then scan the night sky: Guides will help you identify clusters of major constellations and other celestial bodies. While you likely won’t be able to peer inside the Observatory itself, tour providers can furnish you with equipment of your own.

Hike to Kaihalulu (Red Sand Beach), Maui: Kaihalulu means “roaring sea” in Hawaiian, but the wild, rolling waves are just one feature of this magical crescent-shaped beach. Almost Martian in appearance, the sand is rich in iron, while the sheer cliffs that abut the beach are uniquely striated with red and russet strokes (the result of an eroding cinder-cone volcano). The red sand leads to relatively choppy waters, so visitors are cautioned against swimming or diving. However, a thrilling hike and the otherworldly setting more than make up for the lack of aquatic activities, and the peace and quiet of a people-free spot can be stunning. (If you should stumble upon another soul, don’t be surprised to find your fellow suntanner in the buff; clothing is decidedly optional at this secret beach.)

Try new flavors, Oahu: Oahu is the very belly of the on-the-rise food-and-wine culture in Hawaii, a place where outsiders’ experiences of “local eats” were once limited to Spam and imported pineapple. These days, Honolulu plays host to the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival — where local chefs highlight the state’s bounty of produce, beef and seafood — as well as a slate of Zagat-approved eateries. Of course, visitors can’t step foot on this island without sinking their teeth into one of Oahu’s sweetest imports, a fluffy malasada. The yeasty Portuguese doughnuts rolled in sugar were traditionally served on Shrove Tuesday but are now available year-round (somewhat misleadingly masquerading as breakfast food).

Explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Big Island: The mutable Big Island is still molding itself: Its coastlines continually expand and erode, its mountains come alive, and its topography undergoes perpetual sculpture in a medium of fire and lava. Witness firsthand the birth of a new landscape at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where volcanoes Kilauea (one of the world’s most active) and Mauna Loa (one of the world’s most massive) alter the world in which we live. Eruptions and earthquakes closed the park for several months in 2018, but select hiking trails are now open again for visitors to learn about this fascinating ecosystem.

Have an adventure at Kualoa Ranch, Oahu: Away from the heavily trafficked resorts and shopping malls of Waikiki, the 4,000-some acres of Kualoa Ranch spread from mountain to valley to ocean, with Mokoli’i Island (Chinaman’s Hat) resting on a shelf of distant horizon. The working cattle ranch is a sort of all-inclusive Hawaiian experience, but with few touristy trappings. Knowledgeable guides lead a series of tours — by boat, on horseback, and in various vehicles — focusing on different aspects of this former sugar plantation’s history. Explore the lush Hakipu’u and Ka’a’awa valleys and the latter’s famous filming sites (“Jurassic Park,” “Lost,” and “Hawaii Five-O” all were shot here) and set sail on an ancient Hawaiian fishpond. Then trek to a secret beach with wide-angle views of sacred Mokoli’i to see how Hawaii’s landscape has evolved through innumerable eras, ancient and modern.

Drive the Road to Hana, Maui: There’s road tripping, and then there’s road tripping on this 50-mile highway that unfurls like ribbon through the taro patches and coastlines of Maui. A two-hour journey (or three or four, depending on how many times you pull over to admire the view) brings you to the peaceful, tiny town of Hana, which offers a taste of a historical Hawaiian settlement — complete with its original general store and courthouse — alongside the natural wonders for which Maui is famous. Step into the water at gray-sand, half-moon-shaped Hamoa Beach, and then stay the night in one of the 1940s cottages at luxe Travaasa Hana.