Where are the best places for family vacations in Hawaii?

Posted: February 10th, 2016 | Comments Off

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The Hawaiian Islands are a fantastic place to take family vacation with many beautiful beaches, cultural activities and adventures to enjoy. As many people are turning their thoughts to the annual family vacation, we wanted to provide some suggestions for the best places in Hawaii for families to stay.

Our first recommendation for families is to find accommodations that have a full kitchen such as you’d find in condo, villa or home vacation rental or resort hotel. Access to a full kitchen with...
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Aloha Friday Photo: Reflection at Waikoloa

Posted: February 5th, 2016 | Comments Off

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Mahalo to James Grenz for sharing this stunning photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos.

James took this photo in Waikoloa Beach Resort on Hawaii Island. I believe it was taken by one of the fishponds by Anaehoomalu Beach.

Happy Aloha Friday!

Revision from the post on February 2nd – There was a glitch in the link to the Outrigger Hawaii vacation sweepstakes. A representative from Outrigger provided a new link as follows: read the full article »

Hawaii vacation deals & news: February 2, 2016

Posted: February 2nd, 2016 | Comments Off

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* Outrigger is hosting a sweepstakes with a grand prize of five-nights accommodation at Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort (see our review), roundtrip airfare for two, two VIP tickets to Blue Note Hawaii plus dining and spa credits. Note that this sweepstakes is open to legal U.S. residents. See the sweepstakes details here.

* The Pacific Whale Foundation is giving away roundtrip airfare for two to Maui from an major city in the U.S., Canada, Australia or New Zealand....
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Aloha Friday Photo: Picturesque Polo Beach

Posted: January 29th, 2016 | Comments Off

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Mahalo to Sonia Olsvik for sharing this lovely photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos.

Sonia took this photo from Polo Beach in Wailea, Maui. What a pretty shot with the lava rocks in the foreground as well as the reflection of the sun on the wet sand.

We’ve just returned from a trip to Maui where we stayed at the hotel fronting Polo Beach – the Fairmont Kea Lani. We took the time almost every night to watch...
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Amazing whale watching with Maui Sailing Canoe

Posted: January 26th, 2016 | Comments Off

We’ve just returned from another great trip to Maui and we’re still in awe of the amazing whale watching experience we had with Maui Sailing Canoe.

From Polo Beach in Wailea, we helped push out the traditional-style Hawaiian sailing canoe, the Hina, to the waters edge. Our expert guides, Donnie and Keoni, carefully watched the waves coming in to instruct us when to safely board the canoe. This experience was an exciting mini-adventure in itself.

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In no...
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Aloha Friday Photo: Mokulua Sunrise

Posted: January 22nd, 2016 | Comments Off

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Mahalo to Kent Hall for sharing this beautiful shot with us for Aloha Friday Photos. Kent’s photo is of sunrise between the Mokulua islands on the east side of Oahu.

Happy Aloha Friday!


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Snorkeling Honolua Bay with Teralani

Posted: January 19th, 2016 | Comments Off
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Honu in Honolua Bay

I had read that Honolua Bay is a great snorkeling site, but it wasn’t until my most recent trip to Maui that I got to experience it. Is it a great snorkel spot? Absolutely! I’d even go so far as to say it’s one of the best we’ve experienced. Beyond the numerous tropical fish, we also saw many honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles), eels and a large octopus.

The Teralani...
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Aloha Friday Photo: Powerful Makaha Beach Shorebreak

Posted: January 15th, 2016 | Comments Off

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Mahalo to Edward Michaels for sharing this amazing photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos. He took this photo on January 4th at Makaha Beach Park on West Oahu.

Wow! The winter swell and waves must have been strong that day from this view of the powerful shorebreak.

In summer months, the surf is generally pretty calm at Makaha Beach — calm enough for swimming and snorkeling as Ken tells us in his article about uncrowded...
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Kohala Coast snorkel sail with Kohala Sail & Sea

Posted: January 12th, 2016 | Comments Off

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We love getting out on the ocean in Hawaii and when it involves sailing, it’s even more special. When we discovered the new kids on the block, Kohala Sail and Sea, we had to book an excursion for our October visit to Hawaii, the Big Island.

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Captain Steve Turner led us out over the silky smooth morning waters while...
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Aloha Friday Photo: King Kong’s Profile on Kauai’s Kalalea Mountain

Posted: January 8th, 2016 | Comments Off
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Kalalea Mountain on Kauai

Mahalo to Laura and Marco, who are wonderful, longtime subscribers and Aloha Friday Photo contributors from Italy, for sending these excellent Kauai photos and story.

Here’s the story they shared of seeing King Kong’s profile at Kalalea Mountain in Kauai.

The first photo was taken during a tour around Kauai on August 2014.

Driving north from Kapa’a on Highway 56, after passing mile marker 14, our guide pointed...
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