Hawaii vacation news & deals: August 25, 2015

Posted: August 25th, 2015 | Comments Off

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*  Maui Jim is hosting a Take Me to Maui sweepstakes which includes airfare for two, hotel accommodations, rental car and a pair of tickets to the Maui Jim Maui Invitational Basketball Tournament. This giveaway is open to legal U.S. residents who are age 18 years or older.  See sweepstakes rules and enter here.

* Our partner TravelZoo has a voucher deal for a 1-bedroom condo stay at the Cliffs at Princeville on the North Shore of Kauai....
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Aloha Friday Photo: Bird’s-eye view of Nawiliwili Harbor

Posted: August 21st, 2015 | Comments Off

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Mahalo to Tom Sakayama for sharing this beautiful bird’s-eye view of Nawiliwili Harbor with us for Aloha Friday Photos. Tom took this photo from a “doors off” helicopter tour. Here’s what he said about this photo:

So enjoyed the “doors-off” copter of Kauai including this gorgeous view of Nawiliwili Harbor, the cruise ship in port, and one of the Marriott resorts. The clouds on a partly sunny day added to the wonderful saturated colors and contrasts in the landscape. Can’t wait to be back.

Happy...
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Aloha Friday Photo: Sleeping Giant

Posted: August 14th, 2015 | Comments Off

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Mahalo to Nap for sharing this beautiful photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos. He took this photo of Nounou Mountain, which is also known as Sleeping Giant, during a recent annual visit to his beloved Kauai.

I’ve seen many nice daytime photos of Kauai’s Nounou Mountain, but this twilight photo perfectly captures this sleeping giant of a mountain. The dwindling sunlight in the background provides just enough light to emphasize the Sleeping Giant’s profile. The palm trees in the foreground and stars in the background...
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6th Annual Contest to Predict the First Hawaii Humpback Whale Sighting

Posted: August 11th, 2015 | Comments Off

contest announcement

Though Hawaii’s humpback whale season isn’t into full swing until mid/late December, it’s possible that the season’s first whale to arrive in Hawaii is making the journey to the islands at this moment. So, it’s time for our annual contest to predict the first humpback whale sighting of the upcoming season!

To assist you with your prediction, here’s a list of the the most recent humpback sightings:

2006 – October 11
2007 – October 7
2008 – October 8
2009 – October...
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Aloha Friday Photo: Kaneohe Sunrise

Posted: August 7th, 2015 | Comments Off

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Mahalo to Diane for sharing this colorful sunrise photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos. She took this photo near Kaneohe Bay on Oahu while she was visiting her son who was based at the Marine Corps Base.

Diane had traveled to Oahu from Ohio and with the time difference and jet lag, she woke up early enough to catch sunrise. She describe this scene saying, “The sky looked to be on fire.” She said that seeing this blazing sunrise will...
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Hawaii vacation news & deals: August 4, 2015

Posted: August 4th, 2015 | Comments Off

* Tropical Storm Guillermo is forecast to skirt north of the Hawaiian Islands, though some of the islands may experience heavy rain, strong winds and high surf. The following image from NOAA shows the predicted path of the storm.

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* Henry Kapono, famous Hawaii singer and songwriter, is giving away a Hawaii vacation that includes roundtrip tickets on Alaska Air, a stay at Hilton Hawaiian Village and VIP tickets to Henry Kapono & Friends Back In The Day...
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Aloha Friday Photo: “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”

Posted: July 31st, 2015 | Comments Off

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Mahalo to KaRyle Soto for sharing this fantastic photo of Waimea Canyon with us for Aloha Friday Photos.

Dubbed the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” Waimea Canyon is a must see on a Kauai vacation. There are a few lookouts that are easy to access off the main highway leading into Waimea Canyon and Kokee State Parks. The canyon’s colors, depth and jagged walls will amaze you.

Happy Aloha Friday!

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Suggestions for a seven-day Oahu vacation itinerary

Posted: July 28th, 2015 | Comments Off

Oahu Itinerary

We completely understand how daunting Oahu vacation planning can be. The island has so very much to offer that the options seem endless.

When planning your Oahu vacation, there are so many decisions to make – like when to go and where to stay — that by the time you’re ready to plan what you’ll do and see, you’re almost ready for a vacation from your vacation planning! That’s why we’ve created this seven-day Oahu itinerary to make your planning much...
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Aloha Friday Photo: Rainbow Falls on Hawaii, the Big Island

Posted: July 24th, 2015 | Comments Off

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Mahalo to @TehWins for sharing this excellent photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos. He took this photo while he was on his Big Island honeymoon, which he described as “pure magic.”

TehWins’ photo is of Rainbow Falls on Hawaii, the Big Island, which is located in Hilo. As you can see, it’s a beautiful waterfall to visit. As such, we include a stop at Rainbow Falls in our Kona to Hilo sightseeing day-trip, which...
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Oahu’s Makapu’u Point

Posted: July 22nd, 2015 | Comments Off

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Oahu’s easternmost point — Makapu’u Point — also happens to be a very beautiful place and a must-see on you Oahu vacation.

Makapu’u Point is very easy to access off of Kalanianaole Highway (Highway 72). It is also convenient to other scenic stops, such as the nearby Halona Blowhole. See this Google Map of Makapu’u Point. (From that map you can create your own directions to Makapu’u.)

When you are in the area, we recommend you at least stop at the Makapu’u...
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