Pacific Travel

A treehouse accommodation at Tonga's Mandala Island Resort. 
<br>Ben Newton/Mandala Island Resort

The Kingdom of Tonga offers unspoiled beauty, a slow pace and expressive locals

As I stepped off the little boat after 48 hours of travel, I felt a little like Tom Sawyer. Mostly because my family would be staying in a treehouse. But also because the island looked like something out of a storybook.

Skip the taxis; enjoy Kyoto by rail, foot or bicycle

Many foreign visitors see getting around Kyoto as a problem rather than an opportunity. Instead of walking, biking and riding Kyoto’s working museum of train lines, they turn to taxis (expensive and slow) and buses (extensive but even slower).

Modern architecture makes for eye candy in Osaka, Japan

Visitors will be able to look inside some of Osaka’s premiere buildings at the fourth-annual Living Architecture Museum Festival Osaka, set to take place Oct. 28-29.

Temple in Sasayama, Japan, opens up to anime and video game subculture

Daikokuji temple in Sasayama is dubbed the “Shoso-in of the Tanba area” after the repository in Nara that dates back to the eighth century. Tanba is the area in Hyogo Prefecture where Sasayama is located. The temple is said to have been opened by a hermit sometime between 645 and 650, during the Asuka period, to pray for the nation’s peace and security.

Hawaii center lets kids learn while having fun

Let’s from the get-go concede one problem with Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center: It’s hard to get a kid to leave this prepubescent paradise.

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For Hawaii Regional Cuisine, try Alan Wong's in Honolulu

In Honolulu, the phrase “Alan Wong’s” is synonymous with top-class dining, white tablecloths and subdued, romantic lighting. But this Oahu culinary mainstay sits in one of the grittier portions of King Street.

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On base activities

A calendar of events on U.S. facilities in the Pacific.

Off base events

A calendar of nearby events of interest to people living on U.S. facilities in the Pacific.

Fireworks in the Pacific

A calendar of fireworks and festivals in Japan, Okinawa and South Korea.

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