Hawaii Vacation Deals & News: January 25, 2012

Posted: January 25th, 2012 | Comments Off

Lantana growing on the Kalalau Trail 

* Disney’s Aulani Resort is offering a Spring special of 6th night free and complimentary continental breakfast each day during your stay. See all the details here.

* Aqua’s Kauai Beach Resort is offering rates as low as $159 including daily breakfast buffet, but you must book before January 31 and complete your stay by December 31, 2012. 

* Speaking of Kauai,...
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Top Maui, Lanai and Molokai Festivals

Posted: January 24th, 2012 | Comments Off

Maui hula dance

With some help from our friends at the Maui Visitor’s Bureau, we’re listing the top festivals and events for Maui Nui – Maui, Lanai and Molokai. As you can see, there are plenty of excellent celebrations and events throughout the year.


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Top Oahu Festivals to Plan into Your Hawaii Vacation

Posted: January 23rd, 2012 | Comments Off

Fireworks over Waikiki

If you’re hankering to go to Oahu, but not sure when to go, perhaps you’d like to go during one of the many excellent festivals. To help you, I’ve created this handy dandy list of Oahu festivals – which mixes in input from the nice folks at the Oahu Visitor’s Bureau, plus my opinion.

Honolulu Festival 
March 2-4 in 2012
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Aloha Friday Photo: Kaanapali Aerial Edition

Posted: January 20th, 2012 | Comments Off

Ka'anapali Beach

Kris from Illinois sent in today’s Aloha Friday Photo. Kris took this photo while he was at the Maui Photo Festival last August. More specifically, he was on a photo session in a doors-off helicopter tour.

This photo gives a great aerial view of Kaanapali Beach – Kris’ favorite beach. Does this photo make you want to swoop into a...
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Free Coffee Farm Tour & Tasting at Kauai Coffee Company

Posted: January 19th, 2012 | Comments Off

Kauai Coffee Company Visitors Center

Though the Big Island grows Hawaii’s most renown Kona coffee, Kauai is actually the home to the largest coffee farm in all of Hawaii and the US. Kauai produces approximately 60% of Hawaii’s total coffee crop. Kauai Coffee Company on the southern side of Kauai grows more than 4 million coffee trees over 3,100 acres.

From my visit at Kauai Coffee Company, I had to ask what the difference between Kona coffee...
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Hawaii Vacation Discounts & News: January 18, 2012

Posted: January 18th, 2012 | Comments Off
Birds of Paradise at Punchbowl

Bird of Paradise in Oahu at Punchbowl

Hawaiian Airlines announced that they’re creating a Maui Hub  that will offer improved connections between The Valley Isle and other points within the Hawaiian Islands as well as flights to and from the West Coast. It will be interesting to see how this improves inter-island travel as this hub is implemented.

*  The Polynesian Cultural Center is...
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Review: Courtyard King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel on Hawaii’s Big Island

Posted: January 17th, 2012 | Comments Off

Courtyard King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel

The Courtyard King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua-Kona is set in a location fit for a king, literally. King Kamehameha the Great established one of his royal residences here. As you survey the site, you can see how these grounds would have been chosen with a naturally protected bay. Remains and reconstruction of this royal residence and heiau provide reminders of the site’s importance. (Read more about the read the full article »

Off the Road to Hana: Alau Island

Posted: January 16th, 2012 | Comments Off

Coast View along Road to Hana - Alau Island

Near Hana, you’ll find an island that will probably peak your curiosity – Alua Island. This island seems to appear out of nowhere, but what surprises me most is that there’s palm trees growing on top.

For years, I had wondered how those palm trees were established. I finally got my question answered as I was on a horseback ride included in my stay at read the full article »

Aloha Friday Photo: Wonderful Waikiki Sunset Sky Edition

Posted: January 13th, 2012 | Comments Off


What a beautiful sunset photo captured by Kathy Reeves after Friday night fireworks on Waikiki Beach. The colors of this sunset sky are simply amazing. I love scanning the transition of colors from purple and pink to peach

Mahalo to Kathy for sharing her photo with us for Aloha Friday!


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Horseback Riding in Waipio Valley with Na’alapa Stables

Posted: January 12th, 2012 | Comments Off
A view of Waipio Valley on the way down to the valley

A view Waipio Valley at the start of our decent

I have to admit that I looked forward to the van ride down into Waipio Valley almost as much as the horseback ride. As we began our 25% grade (the equivalent of a 45 degree angle)  decent, my heart started racing a bit. We were advised to open...
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