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Websites that offer a different approach to luxury hotel reservations

These websites may change the way you book your next luxury hotel. Far from the crowd-sourcing crowd, Mr & Mrs Smith and TLSelectHotels.com do their own vetting of hotels they list at good rates, and offer travelers some nice extras too.

TLSelectHotels.com launched Monday as a website out to "tempt savvy travelers" with four- and five-star hotel options. To make a reservation, you must use a travel...

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On Oahu, you can see how that rum for your mai tai is made

That mai tai you’re drinking on a Hawaiian beach? You can make it even more authentic and see where rum comes — at least, on Oahu — on a new factory tour.

Manulele Distillers, in Kunia Camp about 25 miles northwest of Waikiki, recently began offering 30-minute tours of the grounds and distillery from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays.

After the tour, visitors head to the tasting room to sample the three...

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A hotel room in NYC for $15 a night? Believe it

The Hudson New York near Central Park is having one of those anniversary flash sales with impossible-to-beat prices. The hotel in a vintage building turns 15 this year, so it's giving away 15 stays for $15 a night.

Because the hotel opened in 1995, it's also giving out 95 stays at its opening price of $95 a night. (As a comparison, I checked online and found midweek rates in August for a standard...

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Gear: A pretty pill case makes having to carry meds a little easier to swallow

If you take medications and rely on those ugly seven-day med holders (the ones with SMTWTFS stamped across the snap-open compartments), aesthetic help is at hand.

A company called Inspired by Dawn has found a lovely way to dress up those dowdy pill holders. The Style Rx 7-Day Designer Pill Box Case looks like a slim rectangular jewelry case, but it houses (and hides) an included plastic seven-day...

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Angling for a prize fish? Catch this Hawaii event

You can always fib about the one that got away ... except when you can’t. And that exception might be when all eyes are watching, as they will be during the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament on the Big Island of Hawaii, a competition that dates to 1959.

Each morning, teams entered in the tournament, which is Aug. 10-14, will set sail from Kailua-Kona, hoping to return later in the day with...

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Disney voice-over actors bring theme park rides to life

Voice-over actors are the hidden artists who provide the audio atmosphere and essential back stories that bring theme parks to life.

From the parking lot tram spiel to park-wide announcements to ride narrations, the best work of voice-over actors often goes unnoticed simply because it blends so seamlessly into the overall theme park experience.

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