Big Island Lava Viewing Update By Land, Air & Sea

Posted: December 20th, 2011 | Comments Off
The current lava flow, coming down the pali and traversing the coastal plain, reached the ocean late last week. The ocean entry point is within the National Park, near its eastern border.  Today, numerous small streams of lava were cascading over the sea cliff, and lava entering the water was starting to build a small delta.

Lava entering the ocean, December 2011. Photo courtesy of the USGS.

The ever changing lava activity on Hawaii’s Big Island creates news options for lava viewing. As reported last...
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Kauai’s 15th Annual Festival of Lights

Posted: December 19th, 2011 | Comments Off
Opening Ceremony, Festival of Lights(1.25MB)

Kauai's Historic County Building in Lihue

The Garden Isle of Kauai is all aglow for the Christmas season with their annual  Festival of Lights. In its 15th year, Kauai Festival of Lights was created by the community to continue a local tradition that was started more than 50 years ago by read the full article »

Aloha Friday Photo: Santa at Haleakala

Posted: December 16th, 2011 | Comments Off

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Today’s Aloha Friday Photo comes to us from Annie Chavez-Hollingshead. Annie visited the summit of Haleakala for sunrise in December 2007. She had a magical visit, she describes as follows:


I have a gorgeous capture of the sunrise, despite the flurries, and cold that we experienced right before this. I  have a wonderful picture of a man that looked...
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Maui Christmas Dining & Events 2011

Posted: December 16th, 2011 | Comments Off

Ukulele ornament

Christmas in Maui will be filled with lots of aloha this year – with hula, Hawaiian music and  delicious dining. Even Santa is scheduled to spend a good bit of time on Maui after he arrives by outrigger canoe.

Here’s what’s on slate for 2011:


Saturday, December...
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Kauai New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Poipu

Posted: December 15th, 2011 | Comments Off

Members of the Poipu Beach Resort Association will provide a wonderful New Year’s Eve fireworks display at a family-friendly time of 9:30pm.

You can catch this fireworks display from the Poipu Beach Park on New Year’s Eve. See this google map for directions to Poipu Beach Park.

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Hawaii Vacation Deals & News: December 14, 2011

Posted: December 14th, 2011 | Comments Off

Outrigger Canoes

* Hawaiian Airlines has some nice sale fares again – like $298 roundtrip from San Jose to Maui. You need to book by December 19 for travel between January 5 – March 14, 2012.

* SpeediShuttle is now the exclusive on-demand shuttle service at Honolulu International Airport. Arriving passengers can book door-to-door service to any destination point between Kahala and Ko Olina on Oahu at designated kiosks strategically located throughout the terminals or through greeters dressed in aloha attire...
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Special Places to Celebrate New Year’s Eve on Hawaii’s Big Island

Posted: December 13th, 2011 | Comments Off

Hawaii fireworks

If you’re going to Hawaii’s Big Island for New Year’s Eve, you’ll find festive celebrations that will surely create a memorable evening. Here are some of the top places to welcome in 2012 from the Big Island’s Kohala Coast.

* Mauna Lani Bay Hotel’s beachside restaurant CanoeHouse will offer a lovely five-course dinner from 5:30pm until 10pm. (Use this link and scroll to last page to see the menu.)...
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Finding the Best Big Island Restaurants – Now with Updates

Posted: December 13th, 2011 | Comments Off
Breakfast on the lanai at Mauna Lani

Private breakfast on the lanai at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel

After our recent visit to the Big Island of Hawaii, we’ve updated our recommendations of where to dine in Hawaii.

Though the Big Island restaurant post was originally published in 2008, we do update it regularly. We aim to try as many new places as we can, which...
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Maui & Lanai New Year’s Eve Fireworks & Events 2011/2012

Posted: December 12th, 2011 | Comments Off

Manele fireworks

Are you going to Maui or Lanai for New Year’s Eve? If you are, you’ll surely have a fantastic time! Between these two islands you’ll find festive dinners, music and fireworks filling up the night sky.

Here’s what you will find to help you make your New Year’s Eve plans.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks

* I’ve confirmed that there will be midnight fireworks on Lanai at Hulopoe Beach by Four Seasons Lanai at...
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Go Visit Hawaii Has Been Nominated! Will You Please Vote?

Posted: December 12th, 2011 | Comments Off


We are tickled pink to be nominated among an elite group of 24 favorite travel blogs! Thank you for nominating us!

If you have enjoyed reading Go Visit Hawaii, we’d really be honored if you would take a few seconds to vote for us. Follow this link to vote for your favorite travel blog personality.  From there, it’s two quick clicks to vote. We’re about half way down the list.

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