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March 23, 2018

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Two great CME events in Hawaii

You deserve seven legendary days in Hawaii May 5 -- May 12, 2018 It's February and you'd love to get away but your appointment schedule is jammed, there are far too many patients and meetings scheduled and you've got to catch up on your CME credits. What to do? Relax and dream about taking off to Hawaii for a week. Can't drop everything now, of course, but how about planning a May getaway right on the beach at a legendary resort in one of Honolulu’s finest districts? Sound like a plan?

Welcome to the Kahala Resort and Hotel. It opened in 1964 and has hosted the famous ever since. Ronald and Nancy Regan stayed here as have Michelle and Barrack Obama. It's a classic right on a white sand beach with a big luxurious pool beside the ocean. Surf's up! Ride out to the waves in an outrigger canoe and take a lesson. Or if you prefer, do a little snorkelling or kayaking right off the beach. Stand-up paddling, anyone?

Lunch at the relaxed Seaside Grill and then head up to your gorgeously appointed room for a snooze and let topical breezes lull you into a deep refreshing sleep. Later take a bike ride, visit the dolphin pool or simply return to the beach for a quiet read till supper time. What's your fancy? Great Italian at the Arancino? Fusion at the highly rated Hoku's? Or perhaps a few small plates on The Veranda followed by some smooth jazz and so to bed.

CME courses, spotted throughout the week, are offered by Dr. Sol Stern, Family Medicine and Pain Management; Dr Jeff Habert and Dr Eileen Rakovitch. Can you think of a better way to catch up on CME credits? The links

Hawaii on land and sea -- Perfect! November 21 - December 1, 2018

Need a bit more time for planning? This hotel/cruise combo in November is truly the ultimate Hawaiian experience whether you've never been to the islands or you're a veteran The just-opened Alohilani Resort in Waikiki with its fresh, open architecture combines Japanese sensibility and luxurious comfort. The stunning lobby features a 280,000 gallon Oceanarium replete with the islands most colourful sealife. Hang out at the 5th floor pool deck with it's saltwater infinity pool. Enjoy a lunch of yakitori or ramen at the poolside Momosa. Or, just 60 steps across the street, enjoy wonderful swimming and snorkeling at Waikiki's Kuhio Beach. For dinner try the Morimoto for asian and western fusion. Before heading off to sea, spend a peaceful night in your large 330 sq ft room or take in the latest TV series on the 50+ inch screen.

Cruises are popular for a variety of reasons, the food, the "ship is your hotel" so your luggage stays put, the onboard activities from pools to card game, night life to casinos, onshore activities to quiet times at sea. A Pride of America Cruise in the Hawaiian Islands is a little different. You get all the usual on-board amenities but the big draw is the chance to visit all four Hawaiian islands. The ship, which holds about 2000 passengers, was extensively refurbished in 2016 and gets enthusiastic reviews. This is a Norwegian ship and the crew -- especially cabin staff -- are top rate, ready to help guests at every turn. That said, the cabins are small, if you crave room, consider a suite, There are many places to eat on board, of course, from Italian at La Cucina to French cuisine served at Jefferson's Bistro. As the name suggests the cruise is popular with Americans, which means you, can get a decent steak at Cagney's Steakhouse. The top places to hang out on board are the South Beach and Oasis pools. There's lots of opportunity to play bridge and board games, work out in the fitness centre and take a massage at the spa but remember -- the islands are the thing. Plan your on-shore schedule in advance.. Tours take you from shipside on short drives to the attractions. You can take land trips offered through the ship or make your own arrangements. To see four islands in seven days means you're on the go more than on most cruises from a live volcano to tropical jungle outings. You might want to book a day our two in a resort at the end for R&R.

CME events by Drs. Greg Thomson and Peter Lin are scheduled not to conflict with shore excursions and are held either at 8:00am in the morning or 4:00 pm and last 3 hours. The links

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