Aloha Friday Photo: “Front row seats…”

Posted: February 20th, 2015 | Comments Off


Mahalo to Pam Wright for sending this lovely sunset photo to us for Aloha Friday Photos. Pam took this photo from Duke’s Waikiki on the final evening of her recent Oahu visit. She tells us that she likes to call this view “great front row seats to a breathtaking sunset.” That’s an excellent description!

Happy Aloha Friday!

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Hawaii vacation deals & news: February 19, 2015

Posted: February 19th, 2015 | Comments Off

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As I write today from my North Carolina home, we’re experiencing an unusual cold spell. It’s 19 F  at noon, which is probably considered warm-ish for many colder climes in North America and beyond. One cure for the winter blues is to think warm thoughts. And, so our thoughts turn to tropical Hawaii…

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Oahu is so much more than Waikiki

Posted: February 17th, 2015 | Comments Off
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Satellite view of Oahu via Google Maps

I’ve been writing about Hawaii travel since 2006 and I’ve heard almost every misconception about Hawaii that’s out there. A common one that I often hear about Oahu is that it’s over developed, touristy and too citylike. If Oahu was only Waikiki and the city of Honolulu, I could see how people might get that impression if they’ve mostly seen photos of Hawaii’s most popular beach...
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Aloha Friday Photo: Romantic Dinner

Posted: February 13th, 2015 | Comments Off

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Mahalo to Tom Sakiyama for sharing this beautiful photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos.

Tom took this photo from Tidepools restaurant at the Grand Hyatt in Poipu, Kauai. We’ve dined here and can attest to the fact that it is a very romantic restaurant surrounded by gardens, waterfalls and tidepools. We recommend Tidepools on our Kauai restaurant list.

With Valentine’s Day nearing, we were pleased to have this romantic Hawaii dinner scene to post. Whether you will be...
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A road to Hana trip guide for those short on time

Posted: February 10th, 2015 | Comments Off

Spending an entire day driving the road to Hana is both exhilarating and exhausting. If you don’t have full day to dedicate to this drive and/or you don’t believe you have the endurance for this entire drive loaded with hundreds of curves and many one-lane bridges, you can get a great taste of the road to Hana without driving all the way past Hana to the Kipahulu region. This mini-guide to the road to Hana, will get you to stops with excellent views.

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Aloha Friday Photo: Hanalei Bay Beach Day

Posted: February 6th, 2015 | Comments Off

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Mahalo to Julie and Richard Cyburt of Owosso, Michigan for sharing this nice Hanalei Bay Beach photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos.

Julie and Richard visited Kauai in July 2014 for their wedding. They told me that they loved Kauai and wish they could have stayed longer than a week. We know that feeling, don’t we?

Hanalei Bay is very picturesque and romantic place. It’s definitely worth a visit on a Kauai honeymoon.

Happy Aloha Friday!

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Luxury Maui vacation living at Montage Kapalua Bay

Posted: February 4th, 2015 | Comments Off

The peaceful entrance to Montage Kapalua Bay

“I’d love to go back to stay at the Montage Kapalua Bay.” I’ve probably said that at least a dozen times since our stay in October 2014. There are so many reasons why I’d like to return, but if I had to describe it in just a few words, I’d say that this residence-style accommodation provided all the conveniences and privacy of a home set in paradise, with all the amenities...
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Hawaii packing tips & tricks: Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus

Posted: February 2nd, 2015 | Comments Off


We recently tested Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus on a trip to Oahu. This multi-functional product claims to smooth wrinkles, eliminate odors, and stop static. How did it work? We were impressed.

Even though we roll our cloths for packing to optimize luggage space and to prevent wrinkles, wrinkles can’t be completely prevented. As a case in point, here’s a dress that I photographed just after unpacking.



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Aloha Friday Photo: Peeking past the palm to see sunset

Posted: January 30th, 2015 | Comments Off


Mahalo to James Grenz for sharing this great sunset photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos. James’ photo was taken on Hawaii, the Big Island. We love this unique composition of  the sun setting between the palm fronds.

Happy Aloha Friday!

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

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Hawaii vacation deals & news: January 28, 2015

Posted: January 28th, 2015 | Comments Off


* The 2nd Annual Ultimate Ocean Cocktail Contest is underway! The winner gets $500 and a three-night stay at Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa. See this link for contest rules and entry.

* Yay! Free Wi-Fi is coming to Waikiki. Plans are in place to have the service available “sometime this year.” (Source)

* Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay has a special offer that includes free round-trip airfare between Honolulu and Lanai for bookings from now through April 30, 2015....
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