Hilton Head Island Magazine and News

Uber, the on-demand car-hailing service, operates in more than 450 cities around the world, including the Town of Hilton Head Island. Monthly “Ubered” for a week, interviewing local drivers. Here’s what we learned.

The next time you Uber, don’t be surprised if your neighbor rolls up to the curb in a polished Lexus or Mercedes with leather seats.

We all know that the United States was built on the notion of the American dream. This concept has fundamentally impacted not only our way of life, but who we are as a people. We all strive for it. It’s like apple pie and baseball. It is the core principle that has driven us as Americans. And it is the American dream that attracts people from around the world to our way of life — they are attracted to our country by the limitless possibilities that the American dream represents.

One of the most insulting and demeaning things you can say about a member of a racial or ethnic group is, “You all look alike.” Not only is it demeaning and insulting, it is far from true. When someone says this, it means that he or she is not only looking at the surface of another person, but is also thinkingabout that personin superficial ways, and is missing one of the great and beautiful things about our world: human variation.


According to the South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control website, as of there have been 35 travel-associated Zika cases reported statewide as of Aug. 19, with 32 involving those who were infected abroad and one contracted via sexual contact with someone who had traveled out of the country.


The photo, one of many on the Luke Shades Instagram feed, reveals the humble beginning of a fashion brand that is storming the beaches of the East Coast.

It shows a cheap patio table of metal mesh on a sun-baked patch of concrete, an orange box cutter, and a primitive set of sunglass frames cut from a piece of 1/8-inch scrap plywood.

The Lowcountry has a calming effect. It soothes your spirit and calms your mind. The environment here moves a little bit slower, and makes things a little less stressful. Worries are washed away with salt water and sand.

Here, life truly imitates art. Spanish moss draped across live oaks, sunsets against salt marshes and canopies of trees brimming with wildlife; it’s a little more lyrical, a little less corporate and, for those who live in this undeniably special place, it’s home.

In 1996, Howard Lyman found himself thrust under the national spotlight when he and Oprah Winfrey were unsuccessfully sued by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. A former fourth-generation cattle farmer, Howard was on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” to explain mad cow disease and how it is created by feeding bovine meal to cows in factory farm operations.

Top row from left: (kids) Lucy Esquivel, Oliver Esquivel, Leo Esquivel, Gabby Gray, Harper Esquivel, Will Gray Bottom Row: Darby Davis, Margaret Esquivel Davis, Layla Davis, Hector Esquivel, Dr. Hector Esquivel, Barbara Esquivel, Eric Esquivel, Layla Esquivel, Stephanie Esquivel and Landon Esquivel

The Bible says, “Honor a physician with the honor due unto him…” and Dr. Hector Esquivel has lived a life of service that deserves the highest honor and respect. His memory book is a testament to this life and contains handwritten and typed notes and letters from his grateful patients, thanking him for his “kindness and gentleness.”

For a brief window of time on the B train, clanging over the Manhattan Bridge from Brooklyn, you emerge from underground.

If you’re lucky, the sun is hanging mellow, setting slowly in high summer, casting distant transformers in a copper tone, its light bouncing off the skyscraper windows and following you. I climb the stairs of the Grand Street station onto Chinatown’s northern edge, its assortment of fermented market offerings greeting my nose straight on.

Robo-advisers are bringing financial advice to the masses by charging low management fees for customized asset allocation and automatic portfolio rebalancing.

More and more investors are turning to “robo-advisers” as a cheaper and more efficient alternative to traditional financial investment firms that require substantial investment sums and charge up to 1 percent to 2 percent annual portfolio management fees.


You never know who you might meet in life. It could be someone who can change your life for the better overnight.

This happened to Chris Williams, a 42-year-old recently retired Marine Corps gunnery sergeant and three-time Purple Heart recipient. It didn’t happen during one of his seven deployments overseas in war zones. It happened here in the Lowcountry last fall when he met Mark Peterson.


Like many small business owners, John Tolly started Sunny Daze Surfboards with a mix of knack, necessity and passion.

“Buying surfboards can be very expensive, so I forced myself to make my own equipment,” Tolly says. He made his first board in 1997, and opened Sunny Daze Surfboards in 2000. “It began as a hobby and a passion, and it is still my passion today.”


You’re able to enjoy your own piece of paradise: a place to relax, rejuvenate and reconnect with family and friends. As a Lowcountry property owner, you can take advantage of beach parks built just for you and enjoy discounts on golf, retail and restaurants. Your property can be a place to create long-lasting memories for years to come, and it could become your future retirement home.

With the start of a new school year, September ends the summer holiday and signals everyone to fall back into a routine. What does this mean for our area’s real estate market?  Traditionally, most people think that summer is the busy selling season. While that may be true in many parts of the country, the fall brings many potential buyers to our area. 

Wexford Plantation home offers different view from nearly every room

Relaxing and enjoying the sunlight and soothing salt air wrapped in the refreshing breezes of the Lowcountry is as natural as the beautiful surroundings themselves.

Country Captain has been a favorite chicken and rice dish since the late 1800s and appeared in cookbooks including the timeless “The Joy of Cooking, “The American Heritage Cookbook” and “The New York Times Cookbook,” but over the past half-century, more well-known recipes like Hoppin' John and Frogmore Stew have usurped its popularity. According to culinary lore, this dish made its way to the United States from India, probably thanks to British captains who brought it along with their goods while sailing to Charleston and Savannah in the 1800s.


Question: You open for business at 7 a.m. What time do you wake up each morning? 

Answer: I personally work several different shifts through the week and I have two locations, so that varies from day to day, but I am usually up by 5:30. My baker, Antonio, arrives around 2:30 in the morning in order to make the bagels in time to be delivered to the Bluffton shop before they open.

The Italians named it “pomodoro,” or “apple of gold,” and appropriately so, as Italy is famous for its tomato-based dishes. Amelia, Big Beef, and Celebrity are popular tomato varieties grown here in the South, along with smaller heirlooms Amish Paste, Black Cherry and Sun Gold. The Ugly heirloom, often misshapen with deep scab-like cracks and unevenly colored, shines as one of the most flavorful, coining the new adage “Don’t judge a tomato by its cover.”

Becoming an Olympic athlete doesn’t happen overnight. Most often, the dream begins innocently in childhood and strengthens in passion and dedication as the years go by.

Last month in Rio de Janeiro, that dream came true for 10 mostly 20-something men and women who represented the United States in two martial arts competitions at the Olympic Games: judo and taekwondo.

Lowcountry tennis guru Bob Brockman shares all the local tennis news and league information in this weekly tennis blog.

Hilton Head native reflects on remarkable 15-year baseball career

During his rookie season, Dan Driessen’s lethal batting skills earned him the nickname “The Cobra.” A two-time World Series winner in 1975 and 1976, Driessen played with the Cincinnati Reds, Montreal Expos, San Francisco Giants, Houston Astros and St. Louis Cardinals, retiring in October 1987 after a remarkable 15-year baseball career, one much longer than most professional players can claim. But it all started on Hilton Head Island.