It’s New Year’s Eve in Hawaii! Hau’oli Makahiki Hou!

Posted: December 31st, 2016 | Comments Off

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With 2017 quickly in view, we want to wish you a hau’oli makahiki hou, which is the Hawaiian way to say happy new year!

Hawaii really puts on big celebrations for the holidays. Special New Year’s Eve fireworks and parties plans are all set to say aloha to 2017. Here’s what’s on slate for this evening:

Waikiki/Honolulu New Year’s Eve – fireworks in multiple Honolulu locations including Waikiki at midnight.

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Aloha Friday Photo: “One of those magical days…”

Posted: December 30th, 2016 | Comments Off

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Mahalo to Joe West  for sharing this magical drone view of Maui with us for Aloha Friday Photos. Here’s what Joe said about this shot:

Recent drone cam view of Olowalu side of Maui. One of those magical days when almost all the “photo wish list” boxes get checked for clouds, sun angle, and water clarity.

Sure is beautiful!

Happy Aloha Friday!

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Do you have 2017 Hawaii vacation plans? (Hawaii calendar giveaway)

Posted: December 27th, 2016 | Comments Off

 

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As our thoughts start to turn towards the new year, our wish for you is that 2017 includes a visit to Hawaii. Is a Hawaii vacation in your plans and/or dreams? Please comment to let us know of your 2017 plans to visit Hawaii.

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From the comments, we’ll randomly choose a winner of this gorgeous Lana’i desk calendar...
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Aloha Friday Photo: A magical encounter with Santa on Haleakala

Posted: December 23rd, 2016 | Comments Off

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We love this incredible Santa story shared by Annie Chavez-Hollingshead. Even though we’ve shared this story years ago, we’re still amazed and feel that it’s definitely worth revisiting considering that Christmas is quickly approaching.

Annie visited the summit of Haleakala for sunrise in 2007. She said everyone was wrapped up as warmly as they could be on this frigid December morning. It was so chilly, snow flurries were dancing in the...
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Snow in Hawaii just in time for Christmas

Posted: December 21st, 2016 | Comments Off

A beautiful blanket of snow covered the two tallest volcanic peaks of the island of Hawaii this week. Mauna Kea summit (13,803 feet above sea level) and Mauna Loa (13,679 feet above sea level) are snow capped just in time for Christmas.15625619_1182084301877017_7570090874736970117_o

The above photo was taken by the very talented Hawaii Island photographer James Grenz at sunrise on December 19. The sun seems to be magically illuminating the snow atop Mauna Kea. Isn’t it an incredible...
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Aloha Friday Photo: “Leading Lines”

Posted: December 16th, 2016 | Comments Off

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Mahalo to Devesh Tripathi for sharing this stunning ariel view of windward Oahu with us for Aloha Friday Photos. He entitled this shot “Leading Lines.”

Devesh didn’t mention exactly where this photo was taken. Our guess is that the highway is probably the H3 — which is one of only three interstates…or should we say intrastates… in Hawaii. All three are on Oahu. No matter which freeway is in the picture, we can agree that...
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Hawaiian-style Christmas trees and decorations photos

Posted: December 14th, 2016 | Comments Off

Hawaii gets all decked out for the Christmas holiday. Though you’ll see some of the same decorations that we have on the mainland, like Santa ornaments, you’ll also see lots of decorations inspired by the Hawaiian and island cultures. Let’s take a look at some beautiful Christmas decorations around the Hawaiian islands.

The following photo has a bit of an musical theme with an ukulele and an uli uli, which is a Hawaiian feather-topped gourd percussion instrument.

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Aloha Friday Photo: Christmas Hibiscus

Posted: December 9th, 2016 | Comments Off

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Mahalo to Hawaii Island resident and amazing photographer, James Grenz for sharing this beautiful hibiscus photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos. The bold red bloom against the green backdrop make this tropical flower look so Christmasy.

Happy Aloha Friday and Mele Kalikimaka!

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Hawaii vacation news & deals: December 7, 2016

Posted: December 7th, 2016 | Comments Off

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– Today is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. We can’t fully comprehend the tragedy and incredible bravery on that fateful morning of December 7, 1941. With much interest, we’ve been reading and watching the stories of the brave survivors who are returning for the 75th anniversary commemoration today. These are some of the stories of heroes that have caught our eye:

2016 Waikiki/Honolulu Christmas & New Year’s Eve

Posted: December 5th, 2016 | Comments Off

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We know many readers have been anxiously awaiting our annual lists of special events and dining for Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Waikiki. We’re pleased to announce that both pages are now fully updated! Use the following links to access the newly released pages:

We anticipate that we’ll be adding a few more options to each page throughout December, so be sure to...
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