Waikiki Thanksgiving Holiday Dining & Events 2015

Posted: November 9th, 2015 | Comments Off

Waikiki is a very popular destination to celebrate Thanksgiving in Hawaii’s wonderfully warm weather. While many North American residents will be wearing winter clothes for the Thanksgiving holiday, most visitors to Waikiki will be donning swimsuits, shorts and Aloha shirts. If you are one of the lucky ones planning a trip to Waikiki over Thanksgiving, we’ve created these suggestions for where to dine and special events to catch over the holiday weekend.

Waikiki Thanksgiving Buffets

The following Waikiki Beach restaurants are offering special Thankgiving buffets....
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Aloha Friday Photo: Stunning view from Makapuu Lighthouse Trail

Posted: November 6th, 2015 | Comments Off


Mahalo to John Nichols for sharing this stunning Oahu photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos.

John enjoyed this amazing scene from the Makapuu Lighthouse Trail from the east side of Oahu. It’s an easy hike/walk with many rewarding views like this one that John has shared. (By the way, If you can’t walk the trail, you can still see a very similar view without the hike at the Makapuu Point Lookout.)

Happy Aloha Friday!

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Sharks in Hawaii

Posted: November 3rd, 2015 | Comments Off
Shark pool at Mauna Lani Bay Hotel

Shark pool at Mauna Lani Bay Hotel

Shark sightings and bites have been on the uptick in Hawaii recently. On Sunday, an 8 to 10-foot tiger shark was spotted from Kaimana Beach in Waikiki. Last week, a 10-year-old boy was bitten on the leg by a shark off Makaha. Thankfully, he survived and doesn’t have any permanent damage to his leg.

So far this year, there have been seven shark attacks in...
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Aloha Friday Photo: Savoring the final Hawaiian sunset before flying home

Posted: October 30th, 2015 | Comments Off

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Mahalo to Brian Paulsen for sharing this nice sunset shot with us for Aloha Friday Photos. Here’s what Brian said about this photo:

The sad but still amazing final sunset before flying home to Port Angeles, WA. This was our 4th trip to the islands, but first to the Big Island. Every time I go I’m already trying to plan our next.

It seems that every Hawaiian sunset is uniquely beautiful, but there’s something special about the final sunset before flying home....
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What do you do with your luggage on the day you fly home?

Posted: October 27th, 2015 | Comments Off


What do you do with your luggage when you have a significant time gap between when you check out of your Hawaii accomodations and when your flight departs? We touched on this tricky topic in our Oahu itinerary post, but we thought that this challenge is worthy of its own discussion.

From our many trips to the Hawaiian Islands, we usually have to check out of our hotel room at 11am or noon, but our flights don’t leave Hawaii until after...
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Aloha Friday Photo: Wonderful Wailua Falls on Kauai

Posted: October 23rd, 2015 | Comments Off

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Mahalo to Irene Buggy for sharing this beautiful photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos.

Irene took this photo of one of Hawaii’s most iconic waterfalls — Wailua Falls on East Kauai. It’s a must-see stop on your Kauai vacation.

Happy Aloha Friday!

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Aloha Friday Photo: Scenic Road to Hana

Posted: October 16th, 2015 | Comments Off


Mahalo to Karen Dinnerville from Australia for sharing this excellent photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos.

Karen took this photo from a stop off Maui’s road to Hana. With an amazing coastal view like this one, there’s no doubt why the road to Hana is one of Hawaii’s most famous scenic drives.

Oh, how we’d love to have a picnic lunch at the very spot today! Would you like to join us there?

Happy Aloha Friday!

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Where to snorkel on Oahu away from the crowds

Posted: October 12th, 2015 | Comments Off

Today we have a guest post from Ken Muise, a resident of Oahu and snorkel enthusiast.

Makaha Beach Park by Ken Muise

Makaha Beach Park by Ken Muise

Most of the time when I read an article about snorkeling in Hawaii, it always comes down to two main places that people head to: Hanauma Bay and Shark’s Cove (Pupukea Beach Park). Those two places are great and they truly do have some of the best snorkeling on Oahu…and they’re probably in the...
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Aloha Friday Photo: Beautiful Hanalei Bay

Posted: October 9th, 2015 | Comments Off


Mahalo to April Tellez Benoit from San Jose, California for sharing this beautiful photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos. April’s photo is of Hanalei Bay on Kauai.

As April shared this photo, she said, “This is one of my favorite places on the island of Kauai and was taken during our trip last Nov. Can’t wait to go back in March! It’s our yearly vacation destination and someday we’ll retire there!”

Hanalei Bay is also one of our favorite places on Kauai....
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Hawaii vacation deals & news: October 8, 2015

Posted: October 8th, 2015 | Comments Off


* Per the Honolulu Star Advertiser, the first humpback whale of the season has been spotted. NOAA researchers discovered this early arrival off Niihau on September 29. Congratulations to Marco and Laura of Italy for having the closest guess of the first reported arrival contest. They must really be in tune with the humpbacks as this is their second time winning our annual contest. While we’re on this topic, we should note that even though we have this first signal of...
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