Wildlife you might see on a Hawaii vacation

Posted: June 13th, 2016 | Comments Off

If you enjoy seeing local wildlife when you travel, Hawaii will not disappoint. From the ocean to the mountains, there’s a good chance you may be dazzled by Hawaii’s wildlife.

Wildlife that you might see in Hawaii

– Whales, particularly humpback whales, migrate by the thousands to Hawaii from late December through early April. They travel from thousands of miles away to breed and give birth in the sheltered Hawaiian waters. Maui and the Kohala Coast of Hawaii Island are our favorite spots for humpback whale watching.

Aloha Friday Photo: “Chillaxn in Kona town”

Posted: June 10th, 2016 | Comments Off


Mahalo to Dave Newbold for sending this “chillaxn” photo to us for Aloha Friday Photos. What a perfect place to enjoy the surf, sunset and tropical breezes on this Aloha Friday!

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Aloha Friday Photo: Kauai’s Kalapaki Beach

Posted: June 3rd, 2016 | Comments Off


Mahalo to Nicola Hadfield-Strange from England for sharing this beautiful photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos. Nicola snapped this shot from Kauai’s Kalapaki Beach while celebrating a silver anniversary. She called it “heaven” and we agree that Kalapaki Beach is a slice of paradise.

Happy Aloha Friday!

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Hawaii vacation news & deals: May 31, 2016

Posted: May 31st, 2016 | Comments Off

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* There’s a new hotel in Waikiki that’s recently opened their doors — Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club. They’re giving away a five-night stay.

* Outrigger Resorts has a sale on Hawaii hotel and condo stays, starting at $93 per night. The sale is valid for stays through May 25, 2017, but you must book by June 21, 2016 with promo code INSPIRE.

* Dr. Beach named this year’s top US beaches. Oahu’s...
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Aloha Friday Photo: Beautiful Kauai Coast Scene

Posted: May 27th, 2016 | Comments Off


Mahalo to Janet Cook for sharing this beautiful Kauai coast scene with us for Aloha Friday Photos. Here’s what Janet told us when she submitted this photo:

I visited Kauai 4 years ago and love, love, loved it and must return again.

We know how it feels to want to return to Kauai again and again. We hope you do get to return, Janet!

Happy Aloha Friday!

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Oahu is a great place to honor Memorial Day 2016

Posted: May 25th, 2016 | Comments Off


Oahu is a perfect place to honor Memorial Day. In addition to extraordinary memorial sites like Pearl Harbor and Punchbowl, there are some special Memorial Day events.

We’ve gathered a great list of events and activities. Here’s what’s happening this Memorial Day Weekend:

Oahu Events on Memorial Day, May 30, 2016

Honolulu Mayor’s 67th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Punchbowl

This annual ceremony is held at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, which is also more commonly called Punchbowl. This event features local...
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Aloha Friday Photo: Waimea Canyon Falls

Posted: May 20th, 2016 | Comments Off


Mahalo to Dianna Clampitt for sharing this photo of with us for Aloha Friday Photos. Dianna took this photo of Waimea Canyon on Kauai. Here’s what she shared about her visit:

We just got back from celebrating our 30th anniversary. Can’t wait to go back. Kauai was our favorite island.

Happy Aloha Friday!

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Free Kona Coffee Tasting & Farm Tour at Greenwell Farms

Posted: May 16th, 2016 | Comments Off

Kona coffee beans growing on the tree at Greenwell Farms

A great little tour to plan into your Hawaii (Big) Island vacation is a stop at Greenwell Farms in the heart of the world-famous, Kona coffee country.

Free farm tours and coffee tastings are offered every day starting from 8:30am to 4:00pm. The friendly guides take you to see coffee growing on the trees and to some of the processes that result in the finished product.

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Aloha Friday Photo: A diamond from the ocean

Posted: May 13th, 2016 | Comments Off


It’s Aloha Friday and time to feature a reader’s photo! Mahalo to Anthony Towers from Warrington in the United Kingdom for sharing this very nice view of Le’ahi (Diamond Head) from the water.

Happy Aloha Friday!

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Maui’s Ali’i Nui Snorkel Sailing to Molokini

Posted: May 10th, 2016 | Comments Off
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Ali’i Nui in Molokini

While there are many boat operations that will get you safely to Molokini and back to Maui, very few offer the high level of service that you’ll find with Ali’i Nui. They’re the luxury option when it comes to catamaran sailing off Maui.

After hearing good things about Ali’i Nui, we decided to give them a try on our recent visit to Maui. We...
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