Hawaii vacation news & deals: August 4, 2015

Posted: August 4th, 2015 | Comments Off

* Tropical Storm Guillermo is forecast to skirt north of the Hawaiian Islands, though some of the islands may experience heavy rain, strong winds and high surf. The following image from NOAA shows the predicted path of the storm.

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* Henry Kapono, famous Hawaii singer and songwriter, is giving away a Hawaii vacation that includes roundtrip tickets on Alaska Air, a stay at Hilton Hawaiian Village and VIP tickets to Henry Kapono & Friends Back In The Day...
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Aloha Friday Photo: “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”

Posted: July 31st, 2015 | Comments Off


Mahalo to KaRyle Soto for sharing this fantastic photo of Waimea Canyon with us for Aloha Friday Photos.

Dubbed the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” Waimea Canyon is a must see on a Kauai vacation. There are a few lookouts that are easy to access off the main highway leading into Waimea Canyon and Kokee State Parks. The canyon’s colors, depth and jagged walls will amaze you.

Happy Aloha Friday!

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Suggestions for a seven-day Oahu vacation itinerary

Posted: July 28th, 2015 | Comments Off

Oahu Itinerary

We completely understand how daunting Oahu vacation planning can be. The island has so very much to offer that the options seem endless.

When planning your Oahu vacation, there are so many decisions to make – like when to go and where to stay — that by the time you’re ready to plan what you’ll do and see, you’re almost ready for a vacation from your vacation planning! That’s why we’ve created this seven-day Oahu itinerary to make your planning much...
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Aloha Friday Photo: Rainbow Falls on Hawaii, the Big Island

Posted: July 24th, 2015 | Comments Off

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Mahalo to @TehWins for sharing this excellent photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos. He took this photo while he was on his Big Island honeymoon, which he described as “pure magic.”

TehWins’ photo is of Rainbow Falls on Hawaii, the Big Island, which is located in Hilo. As you can see, it’s a beautiful waterfall to visit. As such, we include a stop at Rainbow Falls in our Kona to Hilo sightseeing day-trip, which...
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Oahu’s Makapu’u Point

Posted: July 22nd, 2015 | Comments Off

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Oahu’s easternmost point — Makapu’u Point — also happens to be a very beautiful place and a must-see on you Oahu vacation.

Makapu’u Point is very easy to access off of Kalanianaole Highway (Highway 72). It is also convenient to other scenic stops, such as the nearby Halona Blowhole. See this Google Map of Makapu’u Point. (From that map you can create your own directions to Makapu’u.)

When you are in the area, we recommend you at least stop at the Makapu’u...
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Aloha Friday Photo: At Kahekili’s Leap

Posted: July 17th, 2015 | Comments Off


Mahalo to Tom Roelens, General Manager of the two beautiful Four Seasons Lana’i resorts, for sharing this striking photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos.

Tom loves to explore Lana’i and here’s what he tells us about the site of his gorgeous photo — Kahekili’s Leap at Kaunolu:

One of my favorite places on the island of Lana’i – as you look down from Kahekili’s Leap, you see this amazing bay and snorkeling site with a beautiful cave...
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Reader review: Maui Nei Native Expeditions

Posted: July 16th, 2015 | Comments Off

Today we have a wonderful reader submitted review from Hawaii fans Marco and Laura. This lovely couple travel to Hawaii all the way from Italy! They’ve visited the Hawaiian Islands several times and are currently planning for a return visit in 2016. 

During our splendid week on Kaanapali Beach, my husband and I were lucky enough to have an extraordinary  experience with Maui Nei Native Expeditions. They provide a beautiful walking tour of some  historical sites in Lahaina. They have been doing so for several years.

From what we understand, they are a...
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Hawaii vacation news: July 13, 2015

Posted: July 13th, 2015 | Comments Off


* Travel + Leisure announced their 2015 World’s Best awards. The list of the top 15 Hawaii resorts is always interesting to review.

* The brand new Courtyard Oahu North Shore just opened its doors. The resort is located inland and adjacent to the Polynesian Cultural Center.

* Oahu joined the other major Hawaiian Islands in a ban on plastic checkout bags. We recommend bringing a reuseable bag with you to Hawaii.

* On the Big Island, Mauna Kea and...
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Aloha Friday Photo: “One of the most special places on Kauai”

Posted: July 10th, 2015 | Comments Off


Mahalo to Chris Holmes for sharing this awesome shot of Kalalau Valley for Aloha Friday Photos. Here’s what Chris mentioned about this shot:

I just love going up to Kalalau Valley, I believe it to be one of the most special places on Kauai. There are normally clouds that fill the valley but if you are patient enough to wait them out you will be rewarded with a fantastic view.

We’ve experienced the same situation with clouds in the valley as Chris has. Years ago...
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Let’s chat about Honolulu on #FKTravelTips!

Posted: July 9th, 2015 | Comments Off
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The folks at FlipKey, a TripAdvisor company, will be chatting about Honolulu travel tips on twitter and they’ve invited me to co-host! The hashtag for the event is #FKTravelTips.

This chat is scheduled for Tuesday, July 14 at 3pm ET. Join us if you can!

In the meantime, you might want to take a spin on FlipKey’s new virtual tour of Honolulu to familiarize yourself with some of the...
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