Aloha Friday Photos: At water’s edge of Punalu’u black sand beach

Posted: November 10th, 2017 | Comments Off

Mahalo to Wendy Kane of Fayetteville, Arkansas for sharing this photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos. This is a great shot of the black sand of Punalu’u Beach on the southern side of Hawaii, the Big Island. The wet sand at the water’s edge seems luminous despite being so dark. It’s an amazing sight you almost have to see for yourself to believe.

Here’s what Wendy told us,

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How long does it take to fly to Hawaii?

Posted: November 6th, 2017 | Comments Off

When you find Hawaii on a map or globe, you begin to understand how remote these islands are — way out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The next question most first-time prospective Hawaii visitors have is — how long are the flights to Hawaii? Of course, that depends on your departure city. We’ve selected a sampling of major cities and researched to find the shortest flight time to Honolulu.

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Aloha Friday Photo: Approaching Oahu

Posted: November 3rd, 2017 | Comments Off

Mahalo to Erica Marcotte for sharing this view from the wing with us for Aloha Friday Photos. From Erica’s photo, you can see the Ko Olina lagoons and the Waianae Mountain Range. This view is often seen from the left side of the plane as flights approach to land at Honolulu International Airport. After many hours of flying, the first views of Oahu are a very welcomed sight.

Happy Aloha Friday!

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Where to stay if you want to see Pearl Harbor

Posted: October 31st, 2017 | Comments Off

Pearl Harbor’s top two attractions — USS Battleship Missouri Memorial (left) and USS Arizona Memorial (right)

With it’s rich history, many visitors want to see Pearl Harbor as part of their Hawaii vacation. That was the case for us when we first visited Hawaii and it’s a common priority I hear from our readers.

Often times, people refer to Pearl Harbor in a very general sense, but there are multiple attractions in this famous location.

Aloha Friday Photo: A honeymoon room with a view

Posted: October 27th, 2017 | Comments Off

Mahalo to Cindy Grimmie for sharing this honeymoon memory with us for Aloha Friday Photos. Here’s what she tells us about this sunset shot:

This was taken May 16th of this year from our room at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort   This is how our honeymoon started! Just beautiful!

Yes, what a beautiful way to start a Hawaii honeymoon with a sunset view like this one.

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Take me there Tuesday: Dragon’s Teeth, Maui

Posted: October 24th, 2017 | Comments Off

Maui has many jaw-dropping coastline views, but at one of them you may feel like you’re actually in a jaw. When you visit Dragon’s Teeth in Kapalua on Maui, it’s like being in the lower jaw of a giant dragon with the jagged rocks resembling the shape of large, sharp teeth.

The walk to Dragon’s Teeth is a relatively short and easy — taking roughly five to...
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Aloha Friday Photo: East Oahu Tour Stop

Posted: October 20th, 2017 | Comments Off

Mahalo to Andrea Thomas for sharing this nice Oahu view with us for Aloha Friday Photos. Andrea’s photo is from the Makapuu Point Lookout on the eastern side of Oahu. She tells us that she took this photo while on a tour around Oahu.

The view at Makapuu Point is truly stunning and well worth planning into your Oahu vacation itinerary or for a sightseeing day trip to Oahu from one of...
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Fun things to do in Kauai on a rainy day

Posted: October 17th, 2017 | Comments Off

From the moment of landing, visitors are in awe of Kauai’s velvety green mountains. The island is known as the Garden Isle because of it’s lush, tropical landscapes. To make a garden grow both sun and rain are required, so there’s got to be rain sometimes. Typically, most rain falls overnight in Hawaii, but occasionally visitors may encounter a rainy day in Kauai. (Read more about Kauai weather patterns.) If you do experience a rainy day on Kauai, there are...
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Aloha Friday Photo: Painted Church

Posted: October 13th, 2017 | Comments Off

Mahalo to Barbara Herbst for sharing this lovely photo of Saint Benedict’s Catholic Church on the Big Island.

Saint Benedict’s is more commonly known as Painted Church due to the beautiful murals inside the church. We don’t normally share one of our own photos on Aloha Friday Photo, however, the following photo from our collection shows the interior of Painted Church so that you can get an idea of why the church is called Painted Church.

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Hawaii vacation news: Southwest coming to Hawaii + Whales are back!

Posted: October 12th, 2017 | Comments Off

In the past 48 hours, there’s been a couple big Hawaii vacation news items pop up.

– Southwest Airlines announced they will begin flying to and from Hawaii. They’ve not provided a specific time frame or indicated routes. Ticket sales will begin in 2018. This low-cost airline will definitely create some competition which may result in better fares all around. Here’s the Hawaii News Now segment about this big news announcement.

– The first humpback whale sighting was on October 10th...
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