Interview: First day of summer with Hawaii model Tia Morales

Hawaii’s Tia Morales shares summer fitness, fashion and vacation pro tips. Photo: Tia Morales is one of Hawaii's most beautiful models and a rising star in the islands. (Photo by Koichi Masuda)

HONOLULU, June 21, 2013 – The first day of summer has arrived. Over the next two months an estimated 1.5 million tourists will visit the Hawaiian Islands. As a favorite destination for socialites, movie stars and especially politicians, Hawaii is where the world goes for sunny beaches and sizzling hot summer nights.

For professional tips on what to do, where to go and how to look great when visiting the islands, Hawaii’s devastatingly gorgeous swimsuit model Tia Morales shares a local perspective in this exclusive interview.

Danny de Gracia: Tia, tell us what there is to do in Hawaii these days and what you’ve been up to lately!

Tia Morales: I’ve actually been surfing a lot lately. Now that I’m on summer vacation, I’m on a mission! I’ve been going almost every day. It’s definitely a great workout, it works out your arms and core. Not to mention, it’s super fun and relaxing as well.

As far as other fun activities for visitors, hiking is pretty popula. You could go body boarding, snorkeling, or fishing. You could go on a submarine tour: Atlantis Submarine offers a great tour. You could also check out the Dole pineapple maze and if you go there, you need to try the pineapple whip. It’s a pineapple soft serve and it is to die for! Definitely my favorite ice cream on the island.

Actually, just finding great places to eat on the island is an adventure of its own. But one place you have to visit is the Home Bar and Grill, best food on the island.


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DDG: Everyone wants to look good for the beach. What’s your fitness or diet secret to being “swimsuit ready” all the time?

Morales: My [best] workouts come from doing activities like surfing or playing basketball, especially since I do them so often. But the real secret is eating smaller meals every two to four hours or just snacking in-between meals which helps your metabolism work more efficiently. Dr. Oz even did a special on that once.

DDG: So just how hard is surfing to learn for a first-time vacationer? How did you learn it?

Morales: Surfing isn’t too hard to learn! I see a lot of tourists learning for the first time and they usually learn in one session. I on the other hand took forever to learn. I’m super clumsy and have zero balance and you kind of need that to be able to surf. My good friend Dillon taught me how to surf. He’s a pro. He showed me all the cool spots to surf and taught me everything I know.


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DDG: Let’s talk a little bit about summer movies. This is the time of year again that Hollywood reserves for releasing the biggest and baddest films. Earlier we reviewed the spring release of “Olympus Has Fallen.” Have you seen any summer releases yet? What did you think about the Superman remake, “Man of Steel”?

Tia Morales says the key to looking great for the beach is staying active in sports you enjoy and eating smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day. (Photo by Koichi Masuda)

Morales: I thought the best [releases] of the summer were “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” “Fast & Furious 6” and “Man of Steel.” As far as “Man of Steel” goes, I loved it! I thought it was exhilarating, full of action and a very good storyline. Even the CGI was well done. I was very satisfied. And not to mention, Henry Cavill is total eye candy.

DDG: You recently had the chance to stop by our capital city of Washington D.C. for a few days. What did you think?

Morales: I did, it was amazing. D.C. is so beautiful and I loved visiting all the historic monuments and just being a tourist. It was so awesome, I wish I could’ve stayed longer and visited all the other museums you guys have to offer. Oh, and I got to see the Annual Cherry Blossom Festival. It was so beautiful!

DDG: Speaking of D.C., a lot has been going on in the world lately, especially in politics. It really is a hot summer in more ways than one. A lot of scandals, a lot of surprises and a lot of intrigue. The latest rumor is that we may be going to war in Syria now. What do you think about all this?

Morales: I can’t stand politics. It really frustrates me. According to [former Congressman] Ron Paul, “We’re under great threat because we occupy so many countries. We’re in 130 countries. We have 900 bases around the world.” If this isn’t alarming, I don’t know what is.

Aside from the question of morality, we can’t even afford to be occupying so many places. China is buying all of our country’s debt [and] we are going to fall into another depression if we keep this up. I can’t say that I want us to pull out from all the places we are in though, because some places desperately need help and would falter without our military aid. But the question of whether we should be occupying so many countries will always remain unresolved.

I want to believe that we go into war for altruistic reasons, helping the helpless, standing up for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all, not just Americans. But I know it is not always so philanthropic. All I can hope is that we’re doing the right thing.

DDG: Is there anything you’d like to tell our readers in D.C.?

Morales: Thank you to all the readers who have shown support in my last two interviews. You guys are awesome!


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Danny de Gracia

Dr. Danny de Gracia is a political scientist and a former senior adviser to the Human Services and International Affairs committees at the Hawaii State Legislature. From 2011-2013 he served as an elected municipal board member in Waipahu. As an expert in international relations theory, military policy, political psychology and economics, Danny has advised numerous policymakers and elected officials and his opinions have been featured worldwide. Now working on his first novel, Danny resides on the island of Oahu.

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