|Hawaii's tropical charm lures many tourists. (Photo by Danny de Gracia)|
Me: Clea, now that summer is here, a lot of tourists will be flying into the Islands. What's some of the best places to go and hottest things to do in Hawaii?
Clea: Talking about hot, visiting the volcano on the Big Island is a unique experience [as well as] Maui's Haleakala Crater, Kauai's Waimea Canyon and Hanauma Bay on Oahu. Visiting the Arizona Memorial is also a humbling historical experience. The best thing to do on each island is a circle island [tour] and stopping at the lookouts, going to the beach, kayaking, surfing, hiking, scuba diving, snorkeling, boat cruise, sailing, walking, watching a hula show and definitely going to a luau.
Me: I notice you take some pretty good photos with your cell phone of the beaches in Hawaii from time to time. Do you have a favorite beach you think people should check out?
|Clea Saldania-Rountree is a Hawaii |
model and actress. (Photo by Tzana Saldania)
Me: What are some of the best places to eat on Oahu that you like?
Clea: Bills Sydney in Waikiki, Miyako in the New Otani Hotel, Kona Brewing at Koko Marina, Hiroshi in Restaurant Row, Cha Cha Cha in Hawaii Kai Towne Center and Doraku in the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center. I like to go with friends to the Lobby Bar at the Modern Hotel, Rumfire at the Sheraton Waikiki and the 80s Pop Muzik event at Bar 35 in Chinatown.
Me: Are there any "must try" foods in Hawaii that mainlanders should try?
Clea: Definitely the Hawaiian food, shave ice, Spam musubi, malasadas, poke, sashimi, teriyaki plate lunch, mochi and an açaí bowl.
Me: What's the weirdest thing you've eaten in Hawaii?
Clea: As for the weirdest thing I've eaten, I can't seem to adjust to the taste of Chinese parsley.
Me: Is it just me or are the food networks and travel shows always featuring Hawaii restaurants?
Clea: Well, if they do, I feel Hawaii has some of the best restaurants and chefs. The cuisine is very exotic and different because we're a melting pot of many cultures. The best chefs that come from here and from other parts of the world would put Hawaii as their number one destination to work and live.
Me: Speaking of TV, is it really true that nearly everyone on Oahu these days has at least starred as an extra on Hawaii Five-O at least once now?
Clea: Not everyone, but it could look like that. You'd be surprised, not a lot of people are interested in doing that.
Me: Let's talk a little bit about summer fashion. I notice a lot of clothing is going the 80s and 90s appearance trend. Even swimwear is bringing back a lot of 20th century styles. What do you think looks best today?
Clea: I think staying current and classic is the best; basic and simple pieces. I really don't like going back to the 80s or 90s or any other decade, to me it's over and done.
|Any trip to Hawaii needs a tour of all the major Islands to soak in the full|
experience. (Photo by Danny de Gracia)
Clea: I've gotten excellent feedback. I had an autograph signing and the turnout was great. I have a great following and fan base from all over the world buying here and online. The people in charge of the calendars are so proud and excited and said I was extra special to have been the only one to have modeled in both calendars.
Me: Have you been watching any new movies lately? Summer is usually when the best action movies come out, is there anything you're looking forward to?
Clea: The only movies I've seen are the ones I did reviews on, like Noah and Pompeii. I might go and see Maleficent with Angelina Jolie. She is a neighbor across the street where I stay sometimes in New Orleans.
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