Take me there Tuesday: To the black sand beach at Waianapanapa

Posted: September 27th, 2016 | Comments Off

6131472563_9e909951eb_zThere are so many wonderful sights in Hawaii and, then, there are truly incredible places that knock your socks off. Waianapanapa is one of those knock-your-socks-off places.

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The black sand beach at Waianapanapa is a short diversion off Maui’s winding road to Hana. It’s one of the must-see stops that we include in our road to Hana advice.

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Aloha Friday Photo: “A truly magical and peaceful place”

Posted: September 23rd, 2016 | Comments Off

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Mahalo to Jose Cerda for sharing this tropical scene on Maui with us for Aloha Friday Photos. He commented that Maui is “a truly magical and peaceful place to visit!!!” Yes, it certainly is!

Happy Aloha Friday!

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When do flowers bloom in Hawaii?

Posted: September 19th, 2016 | Comments Off
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A tropical garden on Lanai. This photo was taken in winter 2016.

Hawaii’s weather is summer-like all through the year. Even during the “chilliest” months of January and February, daytime highs average in the upper 70s or lower 80s in Fahrenheit. (That translates to around 26/27 degrees Celsius.) With this lovely warm weather, the Hawaiian Islands make a great home for tropical flowers to bloom all through the year.

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Aloha Friday Photo: Lava flowing into the Ocean

Posted: September 16th, 2016 | Comments Off

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Mahalo to Shane Turnpin for sharing this incredible lava photo for Aloha Friday Photos.

Shane runs lava boat tours on Hawaii, the Big Island, to see the flows when they’re active….and the flow is amazingly active right now! You can seem more photos from their Facebook page.

Happy Aloha Friday!

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Take me there Tuesday: Manoa Falls, Oahu

Posted: September 13th, 2016 | Comments Off

We’d like to test out a new series — Take me there Tuesday — to highlight one of Hawaii’s many scenic spots. We’ll share a photo or two (or more) of the location plus provide a link to get more details. We’re not currently planning to run this series every Tuesday. We’re thinking of posting this series maybe one or two times per month. Frequency depends on your input, so let us know what you think.

Now, where do we start? So many amazing places come to mind. Since Oahu is Hawaii’s most popular island, let’s begin there. How about...
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Aloha Friday Photo: Stunning Rainbow from Lahaina Harbor, Maui

Posted: September 9th, 2016 | Comments Off

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Mahalo to our friend Kathy Carroll (wife of Hawaii artist Mike Carroll) for sharing this stunning rainbow photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos.

Kathy tells us that this rainbow “happened while leaving Lahaina harbor on ferry home to Lāna’i…” Wowie! What a lovely way to end a visit on Maui!

Happy Aloha Friday!

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All-inclusive resorts in Hawaii

Posted: September 7th, 2016 | Comments Off

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We’ve recently had an uptick in people asking for recommendations for all-inclusive resorts in Hawaii. “Can you recommend an all-inclusive hotel on <insert Hawaiian island>?” — is the typical question. The answer that Hawaii doesn’t have true all-inclusive resorts like many resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico.

The closest resort to having an all-inclusive package is Travaasa Hana on Maui. They  have an “inclusive” package, but it’s not all-inclusive like you’d find in Mexico or the Caribbean.

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Aloha Friday Photo: Haleakala Summit Sunset

Posted: September 2nd, 2016 | Comments Off

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Mahalo to Karen Pickering for sharing this wonderful sunset shot to us for Aloha Friday Photos. She took this photo from about 10,000 feet above sea level at the summit of the dormant volcano Haleakala on Maui. Whether you catch sunrise or sunset on Haleakala, it’s incredible to observe the rising or setting view from above the clouds.

Happy Aloha Friday!


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Hawaii vacation deals & news: August 30, 2016

Posted: August 30th, 2016 | Comments Off

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– Rooms at Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s North Shore are starting at $239 for a partial ocean view room via TravelZoo. If you can swing it, we recommend upgrading to a deluxe ocean view room for $289 per night.

– Another great TravelZoo deal is for the beautiful Mauna Lani Hotel on Hawaii (Big) Island for $239 per night for a resort view room. Upgrade to an ocean view room for $80 more. See the deal here.

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Aloha Friday Photo: Ko Olina at sunrise

Posted: August 26th, 2016 | Comments Off

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Mahalo to Crissi Merkel for sharing this serene photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos. She took this pic on a sunrise walk around the Ko Olina lagoons of west Oahu.

As Crissi shared this photo, we could tell that this photo brought back great memories and that she longed to return. She closed her note by saying, “Time to plan another trip. Hawaii has my <3” Many of us can relate. Right?

Happy Aloha Friday!

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