Aloha Friday Photo: A magical encounter with Santa on Haleakala

Posted: December 23rd, 2016 | Comments Off

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We love this incredible Santa story shared by Annie Chavez-Hollingshead. Even though we’ve shared this story years ago, we’re still amazed and feel that it’s definitely worth revisiting considering that Christmas is quickly approaching.

Annie visited the summit of Haleakala for sunrise in 2007. She said everyone was wrapped up as warmly as they could be on this frigid December morning. It was so chilly, snow flurries were dancing in the...
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Snow in Hawaii just in time for Christmas

Posted: December 21st, 2016 | Comments Off

A beautiful blanket of snow covered the two tallest volcanic peaks of the island of Hawaii this week. Mauna Kea summit (13,803 feet above sea level) and Mauna Loa (13,679 feet above sea level) are snow capped just in time for Christmas.15625619_1182084301877017_7570090874736970117_o

The above photo was taken by the very talented Hawaii Island photographer James Grenz at sunrise on December 19. The sun seems to be magically illuminating the snow atop Mauna Kea. Isn’t it an incredible...
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Aloha Friday Photo: “Leading Lines”

Posted: December 16th, 2016 | Comments Off

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Mahalo to Devesh Tripathi for sharing this stunning ariel view of windward Oahu with us for Aloha Friday Photos. He entitled this shot “Leading Lines.”

Devesh didn’t mention exactly where this photo was taken. Our guess is that the highway is probably the H3 — which is one of only three interstates…or should we say intrastates… in Hawaii. All three are on Oahu. No matter which freeway is in the picture, we can agree that...
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Hawaiian-style Christmas trees and decorations photos

Posted: December 14th, 2016 | Comments Off

Hawaii gets all decked out for the Christmas holiday. Though you’ll see some of the same decorations that we have on the mainland, like Santa ornaments, you’ll also see lots of decorations inspired by the Hawaiian and island cultures. Let’s take a look at some beautiful Christmas decorations around the Hawaiian islands.

The following photo has a bit of an musical theme with an ukulele and an uli uli, which is a Hawaiian feather-topped gourd percussion instrument.

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Red, glittered flip flops (or slippahs as...
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Aloha Friday Photo: Christmas Hibiscus

Posted: December 9th, 2016 | Comments Off

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Mahalo to Hawaii Island resident and amazing photographer, James Grenz for sharing this beautiful hibiscus photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos. The bold red bloom against the green backdrop make this tropical flower look so Christmasy.

Happy Aloha Friday and Mele Kalikimaka!

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Hawaii vacation news & deals: December 7, 2016

Posted: December 7th, 2016 | Comments Off

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– Today is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. We can’t fully comprehend the tragedy and incredible bravery on that fateful morning of December 7, 1941. With much interest, we’ve been reading and watching the stories of the brave survivors who are returning for the 75th anniversary commemoration today. These are some of the stories of heroes that have caught our eye:

2016 Waikiki/Honolulu Christmas & New Year’s Eve

Posted: December 5th, 2016 | Comments Off

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We know many readers have been anxiously awaiting our annual lists of special events and dining for Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Waikiki. We’re pleased to announce that both pages are now fully updated! Use the following links to access the newly released pages:

We anticipate that we’ll be adding a few more options to each page throughout December, so be sure to...
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Aloha Friday Photo: A view of valor – Plus information on viewing events from the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day

Posted: December 2nd, 2016 | Comments Off

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Mahalo to Tom Sakiyama for sharing this excellent bird’s-eye view of the USS Arizona Memorial. Tom took this photo while taking a Seaplane Tour.

This December 7th marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and several special events are scheduled to commemorate the day. Note that some of the special Pearl Harbor Day events will have live, online viewing available. A couple of those to note are:

Haleakala National Park to begin reservation system for summit sunrise

Posted: November 29th, 2016 | Comments Off

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One of the top things to do on a Maui vacation is to watch the sunrise over a volcanic crater from 10,000 feet elevation. Apparently, this activity has become a little too popular with more people (and cars) visiting than available parking spaces. Per officials at Haleakala National Park,

The four summit parking lots serving sunrise viewing hold approximately 150 vehicles. Vehicles regularly exceed 300 per sunrise. When vehicles outnumber parking spaces, visitors park on road shoulders or in the up-bound...
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Weekend cyber deals for Hawaii travel & gifts

Posted: November 26th, 2016 | Comments Off

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We don’t normally post on Saturday, but with the big cyber weekend going on here in the US, we’ve found some special Hawaii-related deals that you might want to check out.

Hawaii Hotel Deals

  • Outrigger Resorts have a cyber sale on through Monday with promo code CYBER16 with a Maui condo deal for $97 per night, plus many other Hawaii hotel and condo deals. Check it out here.
  • Aston hotels and condos rates are 20% off on Cyber Monday only. See sample rates and...
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