Aloha Friday Photo: Ko Olina at sunrise

Posted: August 26th, 2016 | Comments Off


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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Go Visit Hawaii’s 7th annual contest to predict the season’s first humpback whale sighting in Hawaii

Posted: August 22nd, 2016 | Comments Off

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Start tuning into your humpback whale senses and skills…it’s time for our favorite contest of the year! Check your sources                   <br />
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Aloha Friday Photos: Namolokama Falls

Posted: August 19th, 2016 | Comments Off

Namolokama Falls - North Shore - Kauai

Mahalo to Todd Hayward from Ashburn, Virginia for sharing this stunning photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos. Here’s what Todd tells us about this shot:

This photo of Namolokama Falls on the North Shore of Kauai was taken from our “doors off” helicopter tour. A morning rain shower threatened to put a damper on my aerial tour, but a few hours before take-off, the skies cleared, leaving behind lush green mountains...
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Seeing Maui’s Red Sand Beach in Hana (or easier alternatives)

Posted: August 16th, 2016 | Comments Off
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One of the first views of Kaihalulu as you round the last corner of the trail.

Have you heard about Kaihalulu Beach, which is more commonly known as the red sand beach on Maui? It’s famous for it’s reddish sand and for something else that we’ll get to later on in this article.

If you’re trying to decide if you’d like to visit this beach, we thought we’d give you the lowdown to help you make your decision.

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Aloha Friday Photo: “Underwater Bubbles”

Posted: August 12th, 2016 | Comments Off


Mahalo to Cameron Brooks for sharing this amazing shot of bubbling water for Aloha Friday Photos. Cameron took this photo near the popular beach and snorkeling spot at Hanauma Bay on Oahu. What a marvelous scene!

Happy Aloha Friday!

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Infographic to understand Hawaiian hula dancing

Posted: August 10th, 2016 | Comments Off

Hawaiian hula dancing is very captivating, though it can be a bit mysterious. The following infographic provides some interesting insights to help us understand hula dancing.


Infographic produced by Fairmont Hotels and Resorts

Also see our top 10 facts about Hawaiian hula.

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Aloha Friday Photo: “Sun rays beaming”

Posted: August 5th, 2016 | Comments Off


Mahalo to Michael for sending this Oahu photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos. Here’s what he said as he shared this photo:

My name is Michael Gonzalez, a freelance photographer currently based in Naples Florida. Just wanted to share a photo with you all. This was shot on a doors off helicopter tour in Oahu, Hawaii.

Here you can see the Sun rays beaming through the clouds, granting light to this beautiful city.

Happy Aloha Friday!

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Seven-Day Maui Vacation Itinerary

Posted: August 2nd, 2016 | Comments Off

Maui Vacation Itinerary

We understand how overwhelming planning a Maui vacation can be — particularly for the first time. We feel we’ve created a very fun and practical seven-day itinerary to help you experience all the highlights while allowing you enough free time to explore your personal interests. This itinerary includes a little history, a little culture and lots of great scenery.

Note that each link provides additional information to help you plan your visit.

Arrival Day

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Aloha Friday Photo: View from the top of Diamond Head

Posted: July 29th, 2016 | Comments Off


Mahalo to Wyman from Singapore for sharing this excellent photo of Honolulu. Wow, what a view!

Wyman took this shot from the top of Diamond Head. Though the 0.8-mile hike (one way) to the top of Diamond Head will probably get your heart pumping, the view makes every step worth the effort. See our Diamond Head hike post for tips.

Mahalo for participating and reading our Aloha Friday Photo series. Happy Aloha Friday!

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Hawaii vacation news & deals: July 26, 2016

Posted: July 26th, 2016 | Comments Off
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USGS photo of lava flowing near the ocean on 7/22/16

* The current lava flow reached the ocean early this morning according to Lava Ocean Tours! It’s always exciting to see lava flow into the ocean and making the Big Island bigger. Here’s how visitors can see the active lava:

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