Aloha Friday Photo: Ginger Blossom

Posted: June 26th, 2015 | Comments Off


Mahalo to Nina Victor for sharing this gorgeous photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos. We love the vibrant macro shot of this ginger blossom. It’s simply stunning!

Happy Aloha Friday!

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Maui & Lanai July 4th Fireworks & Celebrations 2015

Posted: June 25th, 2015 | Comments Off

Will you be celebration July 4th on Maui? If so, you’ll find fun ways to celebrate Independence Day on Maui and also across the channel on Lanai.

Here’s what’s happening this July 4th, 2015:

Lahaina July 4th Fireworks and Celebration

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Lahaina Town hosts an old fashioned Independence Day celebration including music, food, kids activities and a grand fireworks show.

The fireworks show is set to start at 8pm. This display will be visible from Lahaina’s Front Street waterfront and from waterfront restaurants. Synchronized music...
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July 4th fireworks & events in Honolulu and around Oahu 2015

Posted: June 23rd, 2015 | Comments Off

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Oahu is a great place to celebrate July 4th. You’ll find superb fireworks viewing and traditional events with a splash of Aloha. Here’s what you’ll find for Saturday, July 4th, 2015.

July 4th Fireworks and Picnic on the Pier by the Might Mo in Pearl Harbor

Battleship Missouri Memorial July 4 on PierThe Battleship Missouri Memorial hosts live music and fireworks at the Picnic on the Pier. This event is held at Pier Foxtrot...
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Aloha Friday Photo: Whoops!

Posted: June 19th, 2015 | Comments Off


Mahalo to Mat Siltala of Arizona for sharing this awesome honu photo and this story with us for Aloha Friday Photos.

Mat took this photo at Punalu’u Black Sand Beach on Hawaii Island. Here’s the story behind how Mat got this photo:

I was admiring the beach and I had my big Canon D20 in my face not really looking around or paying attention to anything. (I was in my own world just taking pictures of everything.) I notice a sign...
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Take a scenic Oahu stops at Halona Blowhole

Posted: June 16th, 2015 | Comments Off
Halona Blowhole Lookout

Halona Blowhole

A drive (or tour) along Highway 72 on the east side of Oahu is not to be missed on your Oahu vacation. The dramatic coastline and crater views are impressive sights.

One stop to include on your scenic, east Oahu drive is at the Halona Blowhole Lookout. From here, you can observe the waves crashing to shore and as pressure builds, a spout of water that blasts up from a crevice in the lava rock.

There’s a pull out...
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Aloha Friday Photo: “Jurassic Park Waterfall” – Manawaiopuna Falls

Posted: June 12th, 2015 | Comments Off

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Mahalo to Marco and Laura from Italy for sharing this awesome waterfall photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos.

This waterfall, Manawaiopuna, became famous for its appearance in the movie “Jurassic Park.” As Laura said, “In fact it is the stunning background of the famous sequence of that movie, when the helicopter is landing on Jurassic Park island with the archaeologists onboard.”

Marco and Laura took this photo while taking a helicopter tour with Island Helicopters who have exclusive access to land...
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Hawaii vacation deals & news: June 10, 2015

Posted: June 10th, 2015 | Comments Off


* Outrigger Resorts is hosting a Hawaii vacation sweepstakes for four people. This contest is open to residents of the United States and Canada with some restrictions. See this entry page and links to the official rules for more details.

* Tommy Bahama and Maui Jim have teamed up for a Hawaii vacation giveaway for two. You must be a legal resident of the 50 United States with some restrictions. Learn more and enter here.

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Tiki Box Review

Posted: June 9th, 2015 | Comments Off

March Tiki Box 

It seems that sample boxes are becoming super popular these days with more start ups offering sample boxes for niche interests. Well, as you’ve probably guessed, there are sample boxes for Hawaii, too.

We were recently offered a free box from the folks at The Tiki Box. We then purchased two more boxes to have a bigger sample size for review purposes.

A monthly Tiki Box costs $15 which includes shipping. The company is only shipping to the...
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Aloha Friday Photo: The calm before the sunset

Posted: June 5th, 2015 | Comments Off

Mahalo to Jose Perez for sending this photo to us for Aloha Friday Photos.

Jose tells us he took this photo around sunset while visiting Maui in April. The water looks so calm, which is why we titled this one ‘the calm before the sunset’.

Happy Aloha Friday!

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Over 50 great things to see & do on a Maui vacation

Posted: June 2nd, 2015 | Comments Off

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Whether you’re planning your first trip to Maui or you’re a repeat visitor, we’re certain that you’ll find loads of great activities to plan into your vacation.

We all know that Maui’s gorgeous beaches will captivate us, but what else is there to do? We list over 50 great Maui vacation ideas. We cover everything from unique adventures and sites to culinary experiences.  Our list is organized into the following categories:

– Ocean Adventures and Water Activities

– Land Adventures, Attractions and Other Maui Vacation...
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