Hawaii vacation deals & news: May 12, 2015

Posted: May 12th, 2015 | Comments Off

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* Island Air recently announced that they will no longer fly to the island of Kauai starting June 1, 2015. (Source) Only Hawaiian Airlines provides service to Kauai. We have updated our inter-island flight guide to reflect this upcoming change.

* One of Maui’s top astronomy experts is starting a new Haleakala stargazing tour.

* Our partner TravelZoo is offering up to 50% off tickets to the long-running musical Ulalena on Maui

* Federal officials are discussing...
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Aloha Friday Photo: Birthday Sunset and Hula Pie

Posted: May 8th, 2015 | Comments Off

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Mahalo to Laura and Marco from Italy for sharing this lovely photo and memory with us for Aloha Friday Photos. This picture was taken from Kimo’s Restaurant on Front Street in Lahaina, Maui when Laura and Marco visited in August 2014.

As this nice Italian couple were celebrating Laura’s birthday during their visit. They chose Kimo’s for the birthday dinner where they were treated to this excellent sunset view and a birthday slice of delicious Hula Pie. In fact, Laura chose Kimo’s...
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What to expect from your first time to a Hawaiian luau

Posted: May 5th, 2015 | Comments Off

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Enjoying a Hawaiian luau is a great activity to plan into your vacation – especially for the first-time visitor. If you  are thinking of going to a luau for your Hawaii vacation, we want to give you an idea of what to expect along with advice to help you make the most of your experience.

How much does a luau cost?

Though the cost of a luau can vary by island and venue, plan on a minimum of $90 to $100 per adult. Most luau companies...
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Aloha Friday Photo: Relaxing honu

Posted: May 1st, 2015 | Comments Off

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Mahalo to Nikki Clouse for sharing this honu (Hawaiian sea turtle) photo with us. This honu appears to be having a relaxing time soaking in the warm, Hawaiian sun from the shoreline of Maui’s Makena Bay.

We love sharing your scenic Hawaii vacation photos. Do you have a favorite photo to share? It’s easy to submit your photo for consideration. See the simple instructions here.

Happy Aloha Friday!

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Lava lake at Halema’uma’u is putting on a show

Posted: April 28th, 2015 | Comments Off
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Active lava lake inside Halema’uma’u crater. Photo taken on April 26, 2015 by USGS.

Since Halema’uma’u became visibly active in March 2008,  lava levels usually fluctuated between approximately 100 and 500 feet below the crater opening. With recent inflation, the lava lake has dramatically risen — so much so that lava reached it’s highest position yesterday at just 7 feet below the surface!

Here’s a video provided by the USGS that shows amazing scenes from the rising...
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Aloha Friday Photo: Plumeria aloha from the Big Island

Posted: April 24th, 2015 | Comments Off

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Mahalo to Hawaii Island resident James Grenz for sharing this gorgeous plumeria photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos. James’ title for this photo is Big Island Aloha. What a warm and beautiful greeting it is!

You can find plumeria trees throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Along with the hibiscus bloom, seeing the plumeria flower almost instantly reminds visitors of their trip to Hawaii.

If you love plumeria, you might be interested in visiting the plumeria farm on Molokai. There, you can see different...
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Luau list for Hawaii, the Big Island updated

Posted: April 21st, 2015 | Comments Off

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We’ve updated the list of luaus for Hawaii, the Big Island. This list includes location, days of operation, pricing, links to reviews and more. See the updates by clicking this link.

Stay tuned for luau updates for the other major islands.


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Aloha Friday Photo: Ma’alaea Morning

Posted: April 17th, 2015 | Comments Off

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Mahalo to Susan Sims for sharing this photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos. Susan took this peaceful sunrise picture from Ma’alaea Bay on Maui.

In this photo, the coconut trees appear to be reaching out to welcome the new day’s sun. What a lovely way to greet the day.

Happy Aloha Friday!

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5 important points to consider before booking a Waikiki hotel

Posted: April 14th, 2015 | Comments Off

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As you’re planning your Waikiki vacation, we want you to be able to find the best room that fits your budget. We all know that rate shopping is a major consideration, but we wanted to list other important points to consider before you book a room.

1. Location

Ideally, we’d all love to book a room with an oceanfront view, but there’s not enough of a supply of oceanfront rooms in Waikiki to fit everyone’s budget. There are only eight oceanfront hotels in the heart of Waikiki...
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Aloha Friday Photo: Perfect oceanfront seating for one

Posted: April 10th, 2015 | Comments Off

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Mahalo to Edward Michaels for sharing this dreamy photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos. Edward took this photo from Pokai Bay at Makaha Beach Park on Oahu’s West Coast.

It appears that Edward has chosen a perfect spot to enjoy some oceanfront views, sounds and relaxation. As I daydream about this scene, I can almost feel the sand between my toes and the ocean breeze gently brushing against my face. Then, I can’t help but sigh longingly.

Happy Aloha Friday!


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