Aloha Friday Photo: Hanauma Bay Paradise

Posted: April 25th, 2014 | Comments Off


Mahalo to Patricia Mazurkiewich for sharing this nice shot of Oahu’s Hanauma Bay with us.

Hanauma Bay is arguably one of Hawaii’s most famous snorkeling spots, but this bay has another claim to fame. Hanauma Bay has been the setting for Elvis Presley movies. When Patricia shared her photo with us, she said, “Elvis Presley’s paradise is our paradise.” It sure is!

Happy Aloha Friday!

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Supporting Hawaiian Islands Land Trust

Posted: April 22nd, 2014 | Comments Off

Happy Earth Day!


Waihe’e Coastal Dunes and Wetlands Refuge

If you are looking for an opportunity to support the environment in Hawaii while you are on vacation or even from afar, consider the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust. This non-profit organization protects and restores battered lands back to their original state — making them more sustainable. Many of the sites also have a cultural background.

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Fagan’s Cross in Hana, Maui

Posted: April 20th, 2014 | Comments Off



In light of today being Easter, we wanted to share photos and information about Fagan’s Cross. When you’re exploring the road to Hana along the east Maui coast, Fagan’s Cross will most likely catch your eye. This cross stands on the summit of Lyon Hill on the Hana Ranch pasturelands.

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Aloha Friday Photo: Koko Head Hike View

Posted: April 18th, 2014 | Comments Off



Mahalo to Sharon Ferguson for sharing this gorgeous Oahu shot from Koko Head. Sharon took this photo while hiking to the top of Koko Head on October 31, 2013.

We’ve never hiked Koko Head, though we’d like to do so someday. Per TripAdvisor, this hike is described as a very strenuous, but with scenes like this one that Sharon has shared, the views look like they...
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Hawaii vacation deals & news: April 15, 2014

Posted: April 15th, 2014 | Comments Off

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* The 2014 Hawaii Entertainment coupon book is on sale for $10.40 plus $2.49 shipping through April 17, 2014. If you are going to Oahu and hoping to take in a luau, this coupon book can offer significant savings that will more pay for itself. See our discussion on this Hawaii coupon book for more information.

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Aloha Friday Photo: Favorite place to sit and think

Posted: April 11th, 2014 | Comments Off



Mahalo to David Newbold for sharing this lovely Hawaii Island photo with us. David used to live on the Big Island, but he lives on the mainland now. He says this spot near Living Stones Church in Kona was his favorite place to sit and think. We can see why this was a favorite spot. Would you like to sit and think here for a...
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The 5 most unexpected landscapes of Hawaii

Posted: April 8th, 2014 | Comments Off

Thoughts of Hawaii conjure up scenes of white sandy beaches flanked by gently swaying palm trees, but the landscapes of the Aloha State are far more diverse. You know the expression not just a pretty face? Well, Hawaii’s not just a pretty beach.

1. Waimea Canyon on Kauai

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You may think you’ve suddenly been transported to the Grand Canyon when you see Waimea Canyon. Actually, this unexpected canyon has been dubbed the...
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Aloha Friday Photo: Rainbow around Diamond Head

Posted: April 4th, 2014 | Comments Off



Mahalo to Cameron Brooks for sharing this incredible photo of a rainbow around Diamond Head!

Cameron took this photo back in December 2013. What a day and sight that must have been!

Happy Aloha Friday!

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Hawaii helicopter tours

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 | Comments Off
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A Kauai helicopter tour above Kalalau Valley

Though we were terrified to take our first Hawaii helicopter tour when we visited Kauai for the first time in 2003, we ended up having a thrilling experience that far exceeded our expectations. Since then, we’ve taken three more helicopter tours in Hawaii and they’ve all been spectacular.

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New fruit created in Hawaii — the Papineapple!

Posted: April 1st, 2014 | Comments Off


A papineapple? What’s that? It’s a new fruit that’s a cross between a papaya and pineapple. This new fruit has emerged in the last year and it’s taking Hawaii by storm!

Pineapples and papayas are both popular tropical fruits grown in Hawaii. It only makes sense that these two favorites would combine into a delicious marriage.

What’s been the most interesting development of the papineapple is that the idea wasn’t conceived by scientists. It all happened by accident as described by Mr. Tom Rollings, Manager...
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