Hawaii vacation deals & news: May 27, 2015

Posted: May 27th, 2015 | Comments Off

Waimanalo Beach on Oahu

– Dr. Beach announced the 2015 list of America’s best beaches. Oahu’s Waimanalo Beach took this year’s top spot. See this link to view a Google map of Waimanalo.

– As we all know, it’s super important to wear sunscreen in Hawaii. EWG issued their 2015 guide to the safest and most effective beach and sport sunscreens. You can see the top-rated sunscreens here.

– Marriott Vacation Club is hosting a sweepstakes for...
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Aloha Friday Photo: Makalawena Beach on Hawaii Island

Posted: May 22nd, 2015 | Comments Off


Mahalo to Ralf Benayad for sharing this beautiful Hawaii beach scene with us for Aloha Friday Photos. Ralf said, “A chain of secluded beaches can be found on the westcoast of the Big Island – here it’s the amazing Makalawena Beach.” With pale blue waters and lovely white sand, it sure is a beauty!

Happy Aloha Friday!

Email subscribers: we published an article yesterday with recommendations for what to see and do on Oahu over Memorial Day weekend. Unfortunately, we barely missed...
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Memorial Day & Weekend Events on Oahu for 2015

Posted: May 21st, 2015 | Comments Off

If you’ll be on Oahu for Memorial Day, you’ll find some great opportunities to honor the spirit of the day. Here, we’re recommending Memorial Day events as well as things to do and see over the weekend with a significance towards honoring the intent of the holiday.

— Events on Memorial Day, May 25, 2015 —

Honolulu Mayor’s 66th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Punchbowl

This service is held at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, which is also more commonly called Punchbowl. This event features local military dignitaries, local JROTC, military performances and a...
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Best family and kid-friendly hotels in Hawaii

Posted: May 19th, 2015 | Comments Off

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When you’re looking for a great Hawaii hotel for the family vacation, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with all the choices. In general you can’t make a bad decision as most Hawaii hotels make great vacation bases whether you are looking for a romantic trip for two or a family fun vacation.

When planning a family vacation to Hawaii, we think one of the most important aspects to consider is to find a hotel that offers safe and fun water sports. In this list,...
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Aloha Friday Photo: Cloudy with a chance of waterfalls

Posted: May 15th, 2015 | Comments Off


Mahalo to Terry Ambrose for sharing this intriguing and beautiful Hawaii photo with us. Terry took this shot during his recent trip to Maui. Here’s how he describes this waterfall scene:

The road to Maui’s Iao Valley was closed at Heritage Park due to heavy runoff caused by the previous night’s rain. This waterfall came and went as the clouds moved through.

That must have been really amazing to watch the misty clouds roll into the valley to create this fleeting waterfall!

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Hawaii vacation deals & news: May 12, 2015

Posted: May 12th, 2015 | Comments Off


* 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


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


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


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!

Airfare tip: We like to use the user-friendly airfare search tool on CheapAir.com to find the best...
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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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